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Volunteer Opportunities

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay encourages its employees to take advantage of volunteer opportunities towards professional development.
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Volunteerism: the policy or practice of volunteering one's time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one's community.

7 Good Reasons to Volunteer
  1. Develop new skills.
  2. Gaining skills, knowledge and expertise are common side effects of volunteering. Giving others your time brings you interesting and challenging opportunities that might not come along otherwise. This experience can be added to your resume.
  3. Make social connections.
  4. Loneliness and boredom are common among retirees, students, and transplants to a new city. Volunteering can relieve this sense of social isolation and help you fill empty hours in the day.
  5. Give back to your community.
  6. Doing something for the community you live in and returning the favor to those who have helped you are strong motivators. Everyone, rich or poor, takes from society, and volunteering is one way to show a sense of appreciation.
  7. Develop and grow as a person.
  8. Volunteering is an excellent way to explore your likes and dislikes. If you're interested in a new career, volunteer in the field first to see if you will actually like it. You may find a totally unrelated field is a much better fit for you, one you'd never consider if you hadn't volunteered there first.
  9. Gain a new perspective.
  10. Life can be hard and when you're feeling down, your problems can seem insurmountable. Volunteering can offer a new perspective, seeing people who are worse off than you are, yet still hanging in there, can help you see your life in a whole new light.
  11. Know that you're needed.
  12. Feeling needed and appreciated are important, and you may not get that appreciation from your paid work or home life where the things you do are expected or taken for granted. When you volunteer, you realize just how much you are truly needed. Meeting people who need your help is a strong incentive to continue, people are depending on you.
  13. Boost your self-esteem.
  14. Many volunteers experience a sense of increased self-esteem and greater self-worth. Helping others makes you feel good about yourself, because you're doing something for someone that they couldn't do for themselves.
(Source: Improve Your Health and the World around You by Leanne Beattie)

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Although the University encourages its staff members to volunteer, it is at the employees own discretion and on their own time. If you have questions regarding blood donation, jury duty, voting, disaster relief, military service, etc., please contact Human Resources or consult your handbook/union contract.

Featured Volunteer Opportunity

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County
www.casabc.org

CASA of Brown County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that recruits, screens, and trains everyday citizens from the community to be the voice of abused and neglected children in the courtroom, seeking to ensure them a safe and permanent home.

Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” CASA volunteer Advocates are assigned by juvenile judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group. CASA volunteer Advocates are often the only consistent, positive adult in the lives of abused and neglected children during a time of chaos, confusion, and hurt.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Connie Greenawald at 920-437-2272, ext. 101 or connie@casabc.org.


Links to Volunteer Websites

The Volunteer Center of Brown County
A local non-profit organization whose vision is "Building a Stronger Community through Volunteerism." The organization serves over 200 community organizations and local schools in the Green Bay area. The Guide Book has a detailed list of volunteer opportunities in the area.

National Volunteer Database
A national volunteer database listing a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.

VolunteerMatch.org
Offers employee web-based volunteer tools that help manage, track and expand volunteer programs with a network for volunteering.

1-800-Volunteer.org
This searchable database allows you to find local service opportunities that match your specific interests.

Student Life Volunteer Page
The office of Student Life coordinates community service opportunities to cultivate student interest in the concepts of volunteerism and involvement both on campus and in the community of Green Bay.

Integrated Community Solutions
Integrated Community Solutions is a non-profit organization that administers Housing Choice Vouchers.  The family self-sufficiency program is looking for a volunteer(s) to help provide child care during life skill classes.


On Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Commencement
We welcome volunteers to assist with the UW-Green Bay Commencement Ceremony, typically held each May in the Kress Events Center and each December in the Weidner Center. Volunteers would help for approximately two or three hours on the day of Commencement, to help ensure that this important event is a memorable experience for our students, as well as their family and friends. If you are interested in being a Commencement Day volunteer, please e-mail Jan Snyder at snyderj@uwgb.edu.

First Nations Studies
For information regarding volunteer opportunities through the First Nations Studies, please contact Lisa Poupart at 465-2185 or poupartl@uwgb.edu.

Student Organizations
Many student organizations on campus plan and offer volunteer opportunities, to find out more details about the variety of student organizations and what they offer, please visit their website.

Weidner Center
There are many different types of volunteer support offered through the Weidner Center. Some of the options includes: usher, bus attendant, tour guide, and office assistant.

Learning In Retirement
Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a member-led volunteer organization. To find out more about volunteer opportunities available through LIR, please visit their website.


*If you know of any upcoming volunteer opportunities on campus and would like them to be listed on our webpage, please contact HR.