The Student Involvement and Employment Office takes pride in providing students with a wide variety of unique and educational volunteer opportunities in order to help them find their true passions.
“We have multiple trips this year that are not only beneficial to the student, but that are really beneficial to the communities,” said SIEO employment outreach coordinator Rika Calvin. “We have a trip in November that will going to inner city Milwaukee, one in January that will be going to Trinidad, and two in March that will be traveling to both Texas and Tennessee.”
SIEO offers an event called Relaxing with Residents. This is as simple as making the short walk to North Haven Assisted Living Home to relax and unwind with some residents on a Sunday afternoon.
SIEO also offers Kittens and Canines, which involves spending a Friday afternoon with some furry friends at the Humane Society in Plover. Whatever the preference, SIEO can help match students with the ideal volunteer opportunity.
“Volunteering is a way for students to get involved,” said SIEO volunteer and employment coordinator Amanda Thielen. “At the end of your time at college, you can’t just have your education on your resume, you need to fill the rest of the page. Volunteering is one way to do that. It can also help students explore career options and interests. You may think you like working with kids, but you don’t really know until you have done it.”
One opportunity for education majors is the Homework Center, located just behind Stevens Point Area Senior High. They are searching for volunteers to help K-12 youth with basic writing and math skills. The center is currently looking for students to come in on Wednesday or Thursday nights between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The annual Festival of India is taking place Oct. 11 from 2:30 to 8:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed prior to and during the event. In addition, all volunteers are treated to a free buffet style dinner at the end of the night.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities of all sorts, log onto the SIEO homepage located at www.uwsp.edu/centers.
“Whether you call Stevens Point home or not, you are here for your time in college, and giving something back to this community is important,” Thielen said. “In the Student Involvement and Employment Office, it is our goal that students either start as or continue on to become active citizens in their community.”