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Vanguard Volunteer Program

As Vanguard, we are driven to lead the charge by using our talent, energy and passion to make a positive impact in our communities. Often service starts in our own backyards, supporting our campus and community through volunteering. This webpage serves as a digital hub for all students, faculty and staff to find a cause that needs their time and effort.

You can discover new service opportunities and contribute to causes that matter to you. We encourage our faculty, staff and students to make volunteering a regular part of their life by reaching out and lending a helping hand through various community service projects and on-going volunteerism. 

The Vanguard Volunteer Program works to cultivate campus and community partnerships that are designed to give students and employees multiple pathways to community involvement, global awareness, and civic responsibility. As part of the college's #ASUBeConnected strategic goal, the Office of Student Life seeks to provide opportunities for shaping the development of students and employees through creation and implementation of intentional co-curricular learning opportunities, professional development activities, service education, and reflection. 

Educational Priorities 

It is the mission of the Office of Student Life to foster a campus environment that cultivates student learning through developing innovative and inclusive co-curricular programming that supports student learning outcomes in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

The discovery of a passion and personal commitment to service is a core attribute of extraordinary leadership and an engaged citizenship. In a academic environment, service opportunities can provide co-curricular engagement through experiential learning opportunities that support classroom instruction. 

Co-curricular Learning

The following provides applicable learning outcomes from the Office of Student Life's A.R.C.H. Campus Life Co-curriculum:

Respect for Self & Others

  • R.3 - Students will be able to recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
  • R.4 - Students will be able to apply self-advocacy skills in management of life tasks.

Community & Leadership Engagement 

  • C.1 - Students will be able to recognize the importance of connecting to the residential, campus, and greater community.
  • C.2 - Students will be able recognize ways to get involved on campus.
  • C.4 - Students will be able develop independent plans to enact positive change on campus and in their community.
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FIRSTHAND.CO - 7 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
 A quick read on how to start thinking about service in college.

ENGAGEAR - STATE-WIDE OPPORTUNITIES 

A website service of the Arkansas Service Commission & Governor's Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism.

POINTS OF LIGHT - PASSION INTO ACTION GUIDE

This easy to read toolkit can help students organize their passion of a cause into action for change. 

PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES ON SERVICE

President George H. W. Bush speaks on the power of volunteerism and highlights the importance of helping others through service.

“There can be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others.”
– President George H. W. Bush

President Obama speaks on Taking Action

“The need for action always exceeds the limits of government.”
 - President Barack Obama

 

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What Is The Vanguard Volunteer Program?
Whether volunteering to work Late Night Breakfast, participating in a Game Show Lunch event, or traveling to a theater performance off campus with students, the Office of Student Life wants to provide faculty/ staff the opportunity to engage and connect with students outside of the classroom and the business office setting.

Vanguard Volunteer is a co-curricular program managed by the office of student life that provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with one another and their communities outside of the traditional academic setting.

Why Volunteer To Engage With Students?
Volunteers make an important contribution to the success of the college. The full college experience is critically dependent on faculty and staff engagement with students outside of the classroom or office setting. The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science ( Griswold, 2021) reports that for students to be truly engaged in the classroom, faculty must engage in unique ways to sustain motivation and involvement through co-curricular activities. In his 2012 book, Completing College: Rethinking Institutional Action, Vincent Tinto highlighted that improving student retention is primarily a question of creating and supporting classroom (curricular) engagement outside of the classroom (co-curricular).

Co-curricular experiences encourage students’ engagement in ways that directly and indirectly shape their degree completion and post-college success.

What Does Volunteering With Students Mean?
In accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), a volunteer is an individual who performs hours of service for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation, or receipt of compensation for services rendered.

What Learning Outcomes Can A Student Gain From Volunteering?

The following provides applicable learning outcomes from the Office of Student Life's A.R.C.H. Campus Life Co-curriculum:

Respect for Self & Others

  • R.3 - Students will be able to recognize the importance of building and sustaining positive relationships with others.
  • R.4 - Students will be able to apply self-advocacy skills in management of life tasks.

Community & Leadership Engagement 

  • C.1 - Students will be able to recognize the importance of connecting to the residential, campus, and greater community.
  • C.2 - Students will be able to recognize ways to get involved on campus.
  • C.4 - Students will be able to develop independent plans to enact positive change on campus and in their community.
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Service to your college and the greater community are key aspects of a vibrant and engaged student organization. Because serving others is an important part of being Vanguard, the Office of Student Life rewards Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) with RSO Points for volunteerism
and philanthropy. The following points are designed to incentivize RSOs to serve the community and campus they are located in meaningful and rewarding ways.

Community Service Hours
As a community college, ASU-Beebe is called to be a college for the community. As a Vanguard student, “leading the way in all we think, say, and do,” this includes serving the communities our campuses call home. 

  • 0.25 points for each hour each member logs volunteering off campus with a licensed non-profit or governmental organization between April 1st and March 31st of the following year

Campus Service Hours
Vanguard Volunteerism can happen on campus as well. RSOs should consider how and when they can serve the campus community to help make events, programming, and activities be a success.

  • 0.25 points for each hour each member logs volunteering on- campus with a department between April 1st and March 31st of the following year.

Philanthropy
Although, volunteering our time is an important means to serve our community, often important causes also require monetary funds to support their services. ASU-Beebe does not ask its students to donate their limited funds to help causes on or off campus.
However, helping causes raise funds is a great way to show support.

  • 1 point for each $5.00 collected through an approved fundraiser for licensed nonprofit or governmental organization (not including the RSO itself, unless supporting scholarships) between April 1st and March 31st of the following year.

More details about reporting service hours or fundraising efforts, can be found in the RSO Handbook located on the Student Organization page of the website, https://www.asub.edu/student-life/student-organizations.aspx

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