Writing an Effective Volunteer Description

These are some tips to entice students to consider your volunteer opportunity:

  • Create a catchy title for your project description to spark the reader’s interest.
  • Take the time to write an eye-catching, interesting position description that truthfully conveys the expectations and duties of the volunteer opportunity. The more a student knows about the position, the better the match will be for the community organization, the student, and the faculty member.
  • Ensure that your description is easy to read. Make use of multiple paragraphs, bullet points, and formatting so that students can find the information they need.
  • Include your contact information and organization location. Students sometimes choose partners based on proximity to home or school for transportation reasons. Also, students should have your contact information in order to ask questions regarding the opportunity and to set up volunteer times.
  • Post the opportunity well in advance of your need. When posting a one-time volunteer event or need, we recommend submitting your request at least two weeks before the scheduled date. For long-term volunteer opportunities, service-learning projects, and internships, you should submit your request several months in advance to allow time to meet faculty members, to interview students, and to complete any necessary procedures.