Volunteer Project Guidelines
The University of St. Thomas has a strong commitment to advancing the common good within the local, national, and global community. Student clubs and organizations support the university commitment through coordinating intentional, meaningful, and mutually-beneficial volunteer project(s) each semester.
The following steps are intended to guide student clubs/organizations with developing their group project:
1. Work with Tommies Together Volunteer Center to identify an approved community partner or choose one from the approved community partner list.
- Every student club and organization will elect a Volunteer Coordinator who will be responsible to coordinate the club’s volunteer project and upload attendance and reflection concluding event on Tommie Link.
- If there is already an established relationship with a community partner, please connect with Tommies Together Volunteer Center before continuing.
- Clubs can also request to add a new community partner to the approved list.
2. Connect with community partner to identify possible volunteer projects
- Develop a relationship with an approved non-profit organization and work together to identify projects that your group can reasonably commit to during the semester.
- While planning, take into consideration some factors that may affect the project such as transportation, group’s availability, or potential trainings
3. Complete project with community partner
- We encourage all club members to honor their commitments to their community partners and have at least 2/3 of the club’s membership to participate throughout the year.
Please note the following projects are not acceptable
- Group projects related to, sponsored by or involving alcohol or alcohol vendors are not allowed
- Any activity related to the proselytizing of a religion or the campaigning for a candidate or policy is prohibited
- Volunteer hours for BUS200 or any other academic credit will not count as a club’s project.
4. Reflect on the volunteer experience with your group and submit a reflection form found in Tommie Link.
- Soon after the event, use the reflection guide to review and record your experiences while they are fresh in people’s minds.
Use this time to find opportunities to develop a long-term partnership with your community partner.