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A volunteer's introduction to the Senior Volunteer Service Corps begins with an interview with the program coordinator. At that time, the volunteer's interests and qualifications are assessed and the available jobs are discussed to determine which position appears most appropriate.

The volunteer then meets the faculty or staff person with whom he or she will work for a more detailed discussion of the job. Only then does either make a commitment. They agree upon a work schedule and arrange for any specialized training that might be needed.

Volunteers who remain with the program for more than one semester are encouraged to become involved in special assignments, such as guest lecturing. They should also feel free to undertake new positions that provided for their ongoing stimulation and growth.



If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you may fill out the
online application form.



If you are a supervisor looking for a volunteer for your department, you may fill out the
supervisors' online request form.


How Placements Are Developed

Several basic principles apply to each job that is developed:
• It must be challenging and student oriented
• It cannot conflict with salaried positions
• The supervisor should have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of accepting a volunteer
• The supervisor and staff must have a positive attitude toward retired people.

In response to needs expressed by a faculty or staff member, or to the specific skill of a prospective volunteer, the program coordinator interviews the site supervisor. They discuss the program's goals in relationship to the potential position and create a job description.
Often a range of needs exists which cannot be met by one person. In these cases the actual job description is abstracted from the larger list once an individual volunteer is identified.

The Senior volunteer Service Corps encourages supervisors and volunteers alike to re-assess the job on a regular basis. In this way, we hope to continue to provide challenges for volunteers in ways that benefit a changing student population.

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