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LMC Volunteer Service Program FAQs

Who Can Participate?
Numerous individuals are eligible to participate in the LMC Volunteer Service Program. They are:

  • Students
  • Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Faculty and Adjunct Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Staff
  • Facility Staff

What is the difference between a volunteer project and volunteer experience?

A volunteer project experience is defined as a volunteer opportunity that last between 3 – 6 hours. A volunteer service experience is defined as a volunteer opportunity that last between 7 – 20 hours.

How You Can Volunteer
LMC Volunteer Services has a variety of volunteer opportunities for students, faculty administrators and staff. Some of the volunteer services you might provide include:

  • help build a Habitat for Humanity house
  • assist in cleaning a beach
  • participate in the Adopt-a-Highway program
  • give a blood donation to help save lives
  • tutor an at-risk child who need one-on-one help

What kind of commitment is required to participate in the Volunteer Service Program?

The time commitment for each opportunity will vary. Participants will be presented with volunteer service opportunities ranging from short 2-3 hour experiences to projects as long as a semester.

How old should a volunteer be?
Age limit is agency specific but any age can volunteer in many different ways. Please contact the Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan for opportunities within the community.

What about liability issues?
Each agency is responsible for their volunteers.

Can a student obtain credit for their participation?
A student may receive credit for volunteer service but only when agreed upon prior to the experience.

Does a volunteer have to be a LMC student and/or dual enrolment student?
Both LMC students and dual enrollment students are eligible to participate in the LMC Volunteer Service Program.

Why should one volunteer when one already is committed to many service organizations in the community?
If you are currently volunteering within our community please let us know as we are tracking how many service hours Lake Michigan College students, faculty and staff are providing throughout the year.

What will I learn aside from feeling good about giving?
Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills, network within your community and build your resume.

What if one wanted to write about this experience? Does a student have to obtain permission from families they assist?
Confidentiality is agency specific so please contact the agency you are volunteering with before writing about your experience.

What is the difference between volunteerism and service-learning?
Service learning is a volunteer service project that a course participates in that takes places through the semester. Volunteerism can simply be a one-time experience with an agency or multiple experiences throughout the year with different agencies.

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