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UNLVolunteers

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:

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General Member

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
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Youth and Education
  • General

Alternative Break Executive Board

The E-Board is responsible for:

  • Committing to weekly meetings Wednesdays from 3-5pm 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 3-5pm 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 serve@unlv.edu if you are interested.

 

Alternative Break Site Leader

Alternative Break Site Leaders have the following responsibilities:

  • Previously going on an Alternative Break.
  • Committing to site leader training in the fall.
  • Developing a reflection curriculum and facilitating it on the trip.
  • Researching a social justice issue prior to the trip, keeping in mind that site leaders do not have to be experts on the issue.
  • Creating an inclusive trip environment.
  • Leading pre-trip meetings with participants (1 for weekend trips, 3 for weeklong trips).
  • Attending 1:1 meetings to check in with the program coordinator on planning progress.
  • Spending 1-3 hours per week planning trip, utilizing UNLVolunteers office space.
  • Maintaining above a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Staying in good standing with the university.
  • Upholding the program values of Alternative Breaks.

Applications and interviews will open in Fall 2015. If you are interested or have questions, email serve@unlv.edu.

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