There are as many reasons to serve as there are people who serve. Volunteering is not just an altruistic act. It's an opportunity to advance in all areas of your life. Here are a few of the things you can gain when you give your time and yourself:
- Connect with your community.
- Conserve funds for charities, nonprofits, faith-based and other community organizations by contributing your time.
- Meet new people from all walks of life.
- Enhance your resume and make important networking contacts.
- Promote a worthwhile activity.
- Experience something new.
Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone—such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment—are worthwhile reasons to serve.
Donating to a local non-profit or charity group is a great way to support your local communities.
- Sac Pack Drive: our year-round donation program helps students of all ages "re-home" new and gently used school/art supplies for the benefit of youth in need through local non-profit organizations. During fall and spring, we have campus-wide drives sponsored by participating campus clubs and departments to help graduating and moving students find a new use for those extra supplies on hand.
- Spirit of Giving: Community Engagement Center serves as a participating organization in this drive by our community partner, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. SOG takes place annually in the fall and early winter months, and plays a key role in SFBFS' ability to provide emergency groceries and warm clothing to families during the holiday season and well into the new year. Donate in-person, online, or take our volunteer challenge and help us meet our donation goals this year!
Sac State Serves:
Sac State Serves is a community service program open to faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Typically, most events take place during the weekend with up to one event scheduled per month, making volunteering a convenient and accessible option for our student and professional participants. Sac State Serves partners with local non-profits through local, single-day projects or events, helping to meet expanded volunteer needs. Different community partnerships and/or service focus areas are sought for each event in a 12 month period in order to increase volunteers’ knowledge of and access to Sacramento’s many great non-profit resources.
To learn more about Sac State Serves, sign up to volunteer, or to join our mailing list and hear about upcoming events, visit www.csus.edu/cec/volunteer.
Alternative Break offers Sacramento State students short-term, community-based service projects during winter and spring academic breaks. Through Alternative Break, Sac State students provide much needed service to diverse communities, while building skills and great friendships during one-day to week-long service activities.
To learn more about Alternative Break, sign up to volunteer, or to join our mailing list and hear about upcoming community service opportunities, visit www.csus.edu/cec/altbreak.
Community Service Links and Resources:
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Sacramento State links:
- Multi-Cultural Center
- Student Organizations and Leadership
65th Street Corridor Community Collaborative Project: Sacramento State faculty and students actively work with administrators, teachers, students, and parents from 7th -12th grade schools in Sacramento’s 65th Street corridor, a low-income and diverse community adjacent to the University campus, to build a healthier, more engaged and vibrant community. For information on how you can get involved as a tutor/mentor, visit www.csus.edu/65thcorridor.
More on-campus community service resources:
Unable to take part in a Sac State Serves or Alternative Break service project, or just interested in doing more with local communities? Check out these other community events and organizations that need volunteers.
Community Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteer for Sacramento Homeless Connect: June 2, 10am-3pm at Sacramento City College.
Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop-shop event for homeless individuals to access services and information, get needed items like clothing and shoes, and enjoy a delicious lunch and our community's hospitality. The success of Homeless Connect depends upon volunteers like you! Please help Sacramento Steps Forward make the 5th Annual Homeless Connect another successful event by signing up to volunteer! Please contact Jessica Lobedan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GreenHouse Community Center is looking for volunteer after-school "Study Buddies," "Fun Friday Leaders," workshop leaders, and drivers. Studdy Buddies and Fun Friday Leaders are asked to commit to 2 hours per week for at least 6 months. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and attend mandatory training.
For more information please visit www.thegreenhousecenter.org or contact Sade Williams at email@example.com or 916-470-7294.
Community Volunteer Links:
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
California Volunteers: You can "bear responsibility" for our state by choosing to volunteer in your community. Use the resources here to find a service opportunity, select one that meets your interests, or create your own.
City of Sacramento: The City of Sacramento and its non-profit partners have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. These include on-going volunteer positions as well as short-term activities.
Community Service Centers: Staffed by Sheriff's Personnel and Volunteers, Community Service Centers offer a wide variety of services to the public. These services include: Taking "non-dispatch" crime reports, fingerprinting, neighborhood watch, Toy/Food Drives, Safety Fairs, Vacation Watches, Crime Prevention, Megan's Law, National Night Out and much more.
Community Services Planning Council: The Community Services Planning Council’s mission is to help people turn ideas into community action through information, planning, civic engagement and advocacy for human needs in the Sacramento Region.
Hands On Sacramento: Hands On Sacramento connects 2,500 volunteers a year with opportunities to match their schedules and interests. Volunteers select from one-time, group-based volunteering to longer-term opportunities to opportunities for volunteer leadership.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): Volunteers age 55 or older work in a variety of community settings such as schools, senior centers, TV/Radio stations, libraries, hospitals, nature centers, sheriff's service stations, food distribution centers, etc. In Sacramento there are 140 different public and nonprofit agencies enrolled with RSVP from which a volunteer may choose an assignment.
Sacramento County: Sacramento County provides programs that deal with today’s most pressing social needs. Volunteer opportunities are available in areas such as: youth, seniors, animals, law and justice, parks/cooperative extension, boards and commissions, holiday and seasonal.
Serve.gov: Serve.gov is designed to help promote coming together to address community needs. The site will help individuals and groups find opportunities to serve and share their experience. These can be events that engage people in direct service, or bring people together to reflect on Dr. King's legacy and how they can commit to becoming more engaged citizens.
Volunteer Center of Sacramento: The Volunteer Center of Sacramento has hundreds of volunteer opportunities and can match your interest in helping with a group or organization that can utilize your help.
VolunteerMatch: VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world dedicated to helping everyone find a great place to volunteer. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
Volunteer Sacramento: Join the City of Sacramento's initiative and volunteer one hour a month. This program will try to focus volunteer opportunities in the areas of Safe Communities, Education, Environment and Homelessness. The website will link you to Hands On Sacramento for volunteer opportunities in the area.
If your non-profit community or campus organization would like Commuity Engagement Center to identify your organization as offering community service/volunteering opportunities, please email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your organization name, website address, contact information, and a description of your organization (including mission and populations served) with your request. All requests are subject to review and approval prior to posting. Postings may be edited for content or space restrictions.last updated: 5/17/2012