Want to get involved? There is no shortage of great volunteer opportunities awaiting Swarthmore students on campus and beyond. But sometimes it can be tricky to decide which type of service suits you best. The Lang Center staff can assist you in identifying the volunteer opportunity that is right for you. Frequently, Swarthmore students volunteer with:
Dare to Soar (D2S)
As you start your volunteer search, consider the questions listed below. Here you will also find volunteer opportunities that are available.
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.Cultural Enrichment Education & Youth Faith Based Organizations Housing Social Services Women's Issues
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. So how often do you want to serve...
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.
How will I get to/from the volunteer site?
The Lang Center can provide mass transit assistance in the form of bus tokens and/or train tickets for local community service and volunteer opportunities. Follow this link to learn about how to obtain such transportation assistance.
Where do I want to serve?
From Chester to Philadelphia and from China to Ghana, volunteer opportunities abound. View the Lang Center bulletin boards (one in Parrish, one at the Lang Center) which list additional upcoming volunteer opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Listed here below are community service, activist and poltical groups at Swarthmore College (in alphabetical order) along with contact person. This information is current as of June 2013.
Chester Youth Court Volunteers , Paloma Perez
Club Despertar, Evelyn Fraga '13
College Access Center of Delaware County
Dare to Soar, Lisa Sendrow '13
Earthlust, Marjani Nairne '13
Global Health Forum
Global Neighbours, Michio Taya '13
Green Advisors, Jacob Phillips '13
High School Conversations, Yin Guan '13
Learning 4 Life
NOLArize! Jalisa Roberts '13
Rise Up! Baking, Miriam Goldstein '13
Rotaract, Jennifer Hu '14
Saturdays of Service
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Students for Justice and Peace in Palestine, Alis Anasal '15
Swarthmore College Young Democrats
Swarthmore Labor Action Project (SLAP)
Swat STAND, Lisa Sendrow '13
Swatties for a DREAM, Michelle Castellanos '16 and Uriel Medina '16