How It Works
With our direct service placements, students are expected to give approximately two hours per week for approximately 10 weeks throughout the semester in direct service to a community organization. If an organization has higher needs for their volunteers, these are clearly stated by the Community Partner on the placement opportunity that students will select from.
For project based placements, an organization works with a group of students supervised by a faculty member to engage in a project with a specified outcome. Community partners may asked to visit the class to present their project at the beginning of the semester and to listen to the project presentation at the end of semester.
Organizations that are interested in having student volunteers can contact CSL staff. In conjunction with them you can set up a description of your organization on our web site, and make specific postings for your volunteer positions.
For placement sign-up opportunities are matched to courses so that students will experience individuals or organizational experiences that overlap with their course content. In the first week of classes placements are introduced to students. Each organization has their general description and specific placement opportunities listed on our CSL portal. The students have several days to review them, and the sign-up opens on the first day of the second week of classes. Students will sign-up, receive the contact information for their organization, and then call the contact person. They will set up to interview or start.
Each organization listed on the CSL portal can access and change their organization's information and placement opportunities. They can also access a listing of the students who have signed-up for their organization.
Community Partners are asked to fill-in a Placement Agreement Form with each student at the beginning of the placement period. They are also asked to verify weekly attendance electronically. Community Partners are also asked to complete Safety Orientation at the beginning of the placement period with each student.
CSL Coordinators will be in touch with the contact people at each organization and the students. Their role is to assure that the placements work smoothly.