Who or what am I most passionate about?
Consider the issue(s) that motivate you and the population you'd most like to serve. The links below will connect you with partnerships and placements available through Swarthmore College. Contact Cynthia Jetter (cjetter1) for advisement about reaching out to the organizations listed.
What are my time constraints?
As big-hearted and altruistic as folks may be, there are - alas - only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. Considering your time constraints is an important step in selecting a volunteer opportunity. For example, if you are overcommitted this fall but could foresee having time to dedicate to volunteer efforts in the spring, you might consider an alternative spring break program. The point is, consider your time commitments in sum - academics, athletics, clubs, sports practices and games, family obligations, job, and so on - when determining what type of volunteer opportunity makes sense for you. Be sure you are able to commit to the necessary amount of volunteer time before you agree to serve.
How much time am I willing to offer a cause or group?
Would you like to participate in a one-time service activity? Are you able and willing to commit one day per week? Could you envision yourself dedicating a semester, school year or even multiple years to the same cause or group? However you answer the questions above, Swarthmore College is ripe with volunteer opportunities of all kinds of durations.
In what ways do I hope to contribute? To gain?
This question asks you to consider your unique skill set and experience. Not all volunteer opportunities are created alike. Some may need volunteers to assist with tutoring like Dare to Soar, or tax assistance like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Others invite students and staff into unique partnerships like Learning for Life (L4L). Explore the many ways in which you are unique to help you identify how you could contribute. Also, think about areas where you'd like to learn more or develop new skills. Volunteering can help you learn vital skills for the future.