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There are many benefits to volunteering in the community! Here are just a few:
Build Your Skills and Your Resume
Community work is a great way to build your resume and your skills. When you volunteer, you'll have the guidance of employees who are specialists in their fields. And because we partner with more than 200 community organizations, it should be easy for us to help you find an organization where you can develop the skills you seek.
Develop a Career Network
Networking is an incredibly important part of searching for jobs and building careers. Community involvement is one of the best ways to make connections and foster relationships that do just that. Not only will you build a network, many students who volunteer at an organization are offered permanent positions after graduation.
Enhance Your Education
One of the best ways to learn is through experience. What better way to gain experience than to work at an organization hand-picked to fit your needs and interests? Many educational experiences can't be taught in a classroom.
Create Positive Change in Your Community
Nonprofit organizations are the driving force behind social change. Everything from local, grassroots activism to international politics requires the efforts of nonprofit organizations. And nonprofits can't function without the energy and input of volunteers like you.
Be a Part of Your Community
Community involvement is one of the best ways to feel connected to your community. There are many diverse communities surrounding the U of M campus—the best way to learn about them is to become a part of them. And by the simple gesture of offering your skills and enthusiasm, you will positively impact other lives, as well as your own.
Learn about the Twin Cities
Did you know Minneapolis has the second highest number of theaters per capita in the United States? Did you know St. Paul has the largest population of Hmong immigrants and refugees of any urban area in the country? Did you know that Riverside Plaza, the high-rise housing complex on the West Bank, is the most densely populated block west of Chicago? By getting involved in it, these are the kinds of things you can find out about the Twin Cities community.
You Might Be Able to Use Your Volunteer Work for the Community Engagement Scholars Program
The Community Engagement Scholars Program offers undergraduate students a chance to be recognized for public service. Students who complete the program receive a special notation on their transcript and are formally recognized at a U of M reception. The Scholars Program is open to all students on the U of M Twin Cities campus, and you can sign up for it through our office.
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