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Volunteer Management

Certificate of Completion

The Volunteer Management Certificate (VM) is an initiative of the Coordinating Office of Community Engagement and Service-Learning, in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence. The VM certificate program prepares those who intend to work as leaders in community-engagement projects. The VM program engages and equips students, professionals, and community members with a more comprehensive understanding of organizational leadership, cross-cultural communication, and virtual volunteerism.  After attending the workshop, participants are required to complete five hours of community service to fulfill the requisites for the certificate. 

Required Workshop

Are you wondering how to volunteer and engage with your community in our “new normal?” Do you wish you were able to help others and give back during the current global pandemic? In this interactive workshop, will explore the 1918 Spanish Influenza and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics to better understand needs and responses for volunteerism during a crisis. We will examine best practices from the 1918 crisis and discuss what is being done similarly today and what can be used during COVID-19 and beyond. Next, we will delve into the evolutionary history of stress, starting with the stressors experienced by our ancient ancestors and end with the stressors of the modern individual. We will then shift our focus on research-based strategies that reduce stress.

We will conclude with strategies that can be implemented despite current social distancing and stay-at-home measures. Lastly, we will explore Staying Engaged As We Age: Psychological Benefits of Volunteering During A Pandemic. This segment is designed to acquaint prospective volunteers with the many benefits of volunteering especially during pandemic times. Research tells us that volunteering is one of the most effective ways to remain engaged and productive as we grow older. Topics will include; Why older adults volunteer especially during times of pandemic, Exploring the social, mental, and physical benefits of aging, How volunteering helps older adults avoid isolation and loneliness, and The importance of having purpose in our lives and staying engaged as we age. Register

Are you wondering how to volunteer and engage with your community in our “new normal?” Do you wish you were able to help others and give back during the current global pandemic? In this interactive workshop, will explore the 1918 Spanish Influenza and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics to better understand needs and responses for volunteerism during a crisis. We will examine best practices from the 1918 crisis and discuss what is being done similarly today and what can be used during COVID-19 and beyond. Next, we will delve into the evolutionary history of stress, starting with the stressors experienced by our ancient ancestors and end with the stressors of the modern individual. We will then shift our focus on research-based strategies that reduce stress.

We will conclude with strategies that can be implemented despite current social distancing and stay-at-home measures. Lastly, we will explore Staying Engaged As We Age: Psychological Benefits of Volunteering During A Pandemic. This segment is designed to acquaint prospective volunteers with the many benefits of volunteering especially during pandemic times. Research tells us that volunteering is one of the most effective ways to remain engaged and productive as we grow older. Topics will include; Why older adults volunteer especially during times of pandemic, Exploring the social, mental, and physical benefits of aging, How volunteering helps older adults avoid isolation and loneliness, and The importance of having purpose in our lives and staying engaged as we age.  Register

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit Volunteer South Carolina to find opportunies to fullfill the community service requirement for the certificate completion.


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