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Volunteer and Service-Learning Center
"When Amy Jones came to the office in the beginning of this semester, staff knew that she wasn't an ordinary volunteer. Ms. Jones needed to complete 135 hours of volunteer service for a course. Completing that many hours while going to school and raising a child would be a difficult task for anyone. Amy makes it look easy.
The first day staff met Ms. Jones it was obvious that she was more interested in working with students of the program than most volunteers. She wanted to work as many hours as possible and when she was assigned two students she wanted to know everything about them- what classes they were taking, what their need areas were, what they liked to do for fun. She not only picked staff's brains but also made sure she became friends with the students she was working with. Amy was immediately at ease with the students and could often be found not only studying with them but making it fun, joking around and using humor to points across. Amy treats the students with respect; it is the same respect that they give back to her.
To fulfill her requirements Amy worked one-on-one with two students. Ms. Jones assisted one student with meeting his requirements in his class. Most importantly, she helped this student come out of his shell and not to be ashamed to ask for help.
The second student that Amy worked with needed a lot of her attention. This student could not read or write and had a hard time concentrating on his class work. Amy asked staff plenty of questions and made sure she really understood what he needed as well as taking what she had learned from getting to know him personally. Ms. Jones also took the initiative to create a reading group with this student and another student in the program who was working on similar outcomes.
We are all very excited to nominate Amy. I feel she is a more than qualified nominee and hope that she is considered for this honor."
Outstanding Student Community Service in a Service-Learning Course
"Jane Smith has been an exemplary volunteer, providing in-home chore services to neighborhood seniors. Originally volunteering to satisfy class requirements, Jane fulfilled her obligations with utmost responsibility and in a timely fashion, completing her required training, establishing her weekly client-visitation schedule, and never cancelling her appointments or even rearranging her schedule. (This level of consistency is vital to the seniors she served, many of whom looked forward to her visits and planned their time around Jane's availability). Upon reaching her required service hours (20 hours) early in the semester, Jane elected to remain a volunteer, a decision her clients were elated to hear!
Jane's clients ask for her by name, appreciating her sweetness and helpfulness in accomplishing day-to-day tasks like housecleaning, and laundry, tasks many of our seniors were once able to do themselves, but now need the extra assistance. Clients rely on the kindness of our volunteers in order to remain safe and independent in their homes and, according to our clients, Jane always comes through for them."