Busy students who often hold down jobs find time to stay involved in the Seminole State College’s volunteer program because they like the personal changes they experience, said the program coordinator.
“As a Seminole State College alumnus, I know firsthand the benefits of getting involved within clubs and organizations on campus,” said Beverly Sanchez, Seminole State’s Community Engagement coordinator. Programs like the Seminole State Volunteers are offered on all four of the college’s campuses.
“Many of our students involved in a leadership role on campus take full time classes and work,” Sanchez said. “What continues to motivate students to stay involved is the transformations they see within themselves.”
Maybe students are quiet and dislike public speaking, she said.
“Getting involved, for example with Seminole State Volunteers, has pushed students to step outside their comfort zone and speak with all types of people,” Sanchez explained.
“Our students always share, don’t be that person that goes to class, goes home, and goes to work. Take advantage by getting involved, it makes the college experience even better.”
Not only does volunteering help the community, it helps students engage with others, Sanchez said.
“If a student opens, allows for feedback, and puts in the extra effort, they will get a ton out of their experience,” she said in an email interview.
Even though finding some free time in the schedule of a college student can be difficult, it sometimes opens doors for future careers and networking.
“Our students have been offered internships through their volunteer efforts,” Sanchez said. “It pays to volunteer, not only to build up a resume or service hours, but the networking involved with the nonprofit agencies as well as other volunteers.”
Sanchez said each service event they have brings in about 14 volunteers. They make an impact in the Central Florida community by partnering with agencies such as Keep Seminole Beautiful to pick up trash along the Wekiva River.
“After each service event, our volunteers reflect on what was learned and how they believed an impact was made,” Sanchez said.
Students can learn upcoming events by downloading the app CORQ. This resource allows students to sign up for upcoming events on and off all four campuses. Students can also visit Raider Connect (connect.seminolestate.edu) to learn about and sign up for upcoming events.