UNLVolunteers creates a fun, social atmosphere for students to plan and participate in service projects that benefit our community.
The mission of UNLVolunteers is to encourage civic engagement and positive social change by providing and promoting meaningful service opportunities and service-learning experiences for UNLV students, faculty, and staff. UNLVolunteers plans programs centered on the following impact areas: Hunger and Homelessness, Education and Youth, Environment, Health, and General Programs (since not every service program fall under the other four areas).
Service projects planned by UNLVolunteers:
UNLVolunteers is free to join at any time during the semester and no membership application is required! Interested? Come to a general meeting to meet new people, learn about upcoming events, and participate in a small service project.
Fall 2015 Meeting Dates
- Tuesday, Sept. 1
- Monday, Oct. 5
- Monday, Nov. 2
- Tuesday, Dec. 1
All meetings are from 4–5:30 p.m. in the SU Green Room (1st floor by the elevators). If you’re new to UNLVolunteers, come at 4! We’ll do a presentation about who we are, what we do, upcoming events, and how to sign up. If you’ve volunteered with us before, come at 4:30! We’ll have service projects, food, and fun times.
Impact Area Coordinator
UNLVolunteer programs are driven by five coordinators who lead the planning of events based on their positions. The executive board is selected through an application and interview process, and they hold their positions from April until May of the next year.
There are five impact areas:
- Hunger and Homelessness
- Youth and Education
Alternative Break Executive Board
The E-Board is responsible for:
- Committing to weekly meetings; Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. in the office.
- Spending 1 additional hour per week in the office(for planning and communicating with community partners — you can come in whenever is convenient for you).
- Brainstorming locations and topics for trips with the group
- Researching community partners that offer strong, direct service and educational opportunities.
- Communicating with community partners via phone and email to coordinate details.
- Learning skills to coordinate additional details (lodging, recreation, budget, etc).
- Completing necessary paperwork in the trip planning process.
- Designing trips that uphold the program values of Alternative Breaks and meet budget constraints.
The E-Board will work over summer, from June 24–August 19 (meeting every Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. in SED).
Attendance for at least seven of the nine meetings is mandatory. We have nine weeks to plan all trips - which means brainstorming, researching, communicating with community partners (which includes a lot of follow-up calls and emails), and completing documentation. We also need to do some training and a lot of communicating with each other, which can't happen unless we're all present. We all need vacations - so taking one or two weeks off throughout the summer is completely appropriate. We just need to make sure you'll be around most of the time so we can get things done. Working with the E-Board will be fun and give you some great transferable experience - we just need a commitment from you in order for us to be successful!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Want to get involved with alternative breaks, get transferable experience for your resume, and go on a trip for free? Excellent! Apply to be a site leader!
Here's the responsibilities of a site leader:
- Commit to 6 weeks of site leader training on Fridays from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Sept. 18-Oct. 23.
- Participate in Site Leader Retreat, Nov. 13-15.
- Attend Site Leader Workshop and Planning Day, Nov. 20.
- Do trip planning (3-5 hours per week) in Jan-Feb.
- Be flexible; you may not be placed to lead your first choice trip.
- Attend regular 1:1 meetings with the program coordinator to check in on planning and progress
- Develop a reflection curriculum;facilitate reflections and group activities
- Create an inclusive trip environment.
- Complete detailed and accurate planning documents.
- Do marketing for your trip.
- Plan and facilitate pre-trip meetings with your group.
- Plan and participate in the reorientation event (Java and Justice).
- Maintain above a 2.5 cumulative GPA and stay in good standing with the university.
- Uphold the program values of alternative breaks.
Applications are due by August 31.