Volunteer Project Guidelines
ATTENTION: The volunteer requirement will be suspended for Fall 2020 for all student clubs & organizations. We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify all club leaders regarding any alternatives for this semester or in the spring.
Although the volunteer requirement has been suspended this semester, we highly encourage your groups to support our community partners that still need assistance. If your club would like to do a project with one of our community partners in need or would like to volunteer with another organization, please contact Dustin Killpack (firstname.lastname@example.org). All volunteer projects must follow the university's health & safety protocols and must be approved by Dustin and his staff from the Tommie Together VolunteerCenter. Their staff will also provide assistance in the planning of your project to help mitigate any risks.
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. Clubs must notify the Tommie Together Volunteer Center who your community partner is each academic year.
- Every student club and organization will elect a Volunteer Coordinator who will be responsible to coordinate the club’s volunteer project and submit the Club Volunteer Reflection Form concluding the 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 by sending a request to the Tommie Together Volunter Center.
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
- Don't wait and set a date. It is better to have a date set than wait for your member to let you know when they are available.
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.
- Each student club must complete a volunteer project for the Fall and Spring Semester with an approved community partner.
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, record your experiences while they are fresh in people’s minds.
- Only one member from the club needs to submit a reflection form for the club.
- The reflection must be written as in the perspective of the members that participated and not only from the writer's perspective.
- Click HERE (Submitting Volunteer Projects) for a guide on how to submit a Volunteer Reflection Form on Tommie Link.