One of the best things that your student can do during their time at the University of Arkansas is to volunteer some of their time and to give back to the Northwest Arkansas community. There are countless benefits to volunteer work; from being able to apply for the Presidential Service Award, to looking really good on a resume, and even that warm fuzzy feeling you get inside when you get to volunteer. One of the best opportunities for students at the University of Arkansas to volunteer and give back to this community is through the Center for Community Engagement.
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) serves to bring together the University of Arkansas campus and the rest of the NWA Community. They also serve as a liaison for nonprofits around the Fayetteville area to recruit and engages students at the U of A as volunteers in their different programs. The CCE also provides many different on-campus opportunities for students to volunteer, and advise the on campus Volunteer Action Center.
One of the biggest services that the CCE provides to students at the University of Arkansas is the U of A GivePulse account (https://uark.givepulse.com/group/6748-University-of-Arkansas). Through this website, students can see all of the different volunteer opportunities (called “Impacts”) that have been registered on the U of A page. From here, students can sign in using their Uark username and password, or using their Facebook page! With this account, students can track their volunteer hours and history. This allows them to keep track of their hours in one place, and makes the information easily accessible to put on resumes or to apply for volunteer awards!
The CCE also provides several different services directly for the students at the U of A. They oversee the Volunteer Action Center (VAC) on campus. The VAC provides many services to students who may need it, including an on campus food pantry stocked with food donated by students and businesses at the University of Arkansas. The CCE also gives students the opportunity to take part in the “Work It Off” program. The Work It Off program allows students who have received a parking citation here on campus the opportunity to “Work It Off”. This lets students volunteer for a certain amount of time in order to compensate for the parking ticket, instead of having to pay the monetary value that the ticket is worth.
All in all, the CCE is a great resource that your student can use in a variety of different ways here at the University of Arkansas. For more information about the CCE and the programs or opportunities it can provide your student, visit their website at: www.service.uark.edu .