FAQ for Alumni
Hosting as a Site Coordinator for
Hiram College's Alumni Volunteer Day (AVD)
Rallying to the President's national call to service as a tribute to the memory of those lost in the 911 disaster, the first Hiram AVD took place in 2002. Following in the model of Wooster College, Hiram wanted to find a positive, creative way to engage alumni. AVD also captures the spirit of Hiram's tradition of Campus Day, where students and faculty participated in service projects to beautify the Hiram campus. Since the first official AVD, participation has grown and the program has even earned state-wide recognition (Ohio Make A Difference Day, 2003).
The date selected is normally the closest Saturday to September 11th.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER
- Most site coordinators polled spend less than two hours total in planning the event. Some spend a little extra time in selecting and visiting their potential site(s) in advance of the event.
- Some of the sites/jobs are picked simply because the site coordinator is already an established volunteer or worker at an agency/organization that could use the help.
- Best practice for securing volunteers may be in selecting an opportunity that can afford a variety of work activities both inside (in case of poor weather) and outside. Stating the choices/variety explicitly in your summary of the volunteer activity CAN have an impact on choice volunteers make to participate in your project.
- The Alumni Office provides job aides in advance of the event to help you think and plan through what you need to do.
- The Alumni Office will send you a package of T-shirts (with some extras), name tags and pens, and will reimburse you up to $50 for snacks, breakfast or lunch as you decide.
- All coordination of communications and confirmation of volunteer lists was issued from the Alumni Office this past year. You might consider supplementing your list of volunteers by encouraging friends and family members to register and participate too.
AVD is NOT just for Hiram Alumni – it is about Hiram Alumni taking the lead in service to their respective communities!
ORGANIZATIONS/SITES WHERE PAST EVENTS HAVE BEEN SUPPORTED
- Akron, Ohio - Haven of Rest, a faith-based rescue mission, serves as a light to the homeless community in and around the Akron area.
- Akron, Ohio - As part of the Akron YMCA, Camp Y-Noah serves 15,000 people each year with a focus on summer camps, school groups, and weekend camping.
- Canton, Ohio - ICAN Housing Solutions provides safe, decent, and affordable housing to homeless persons with serious mental illnesses.
- Chicago, Illinois - The "Austin Green Team" pioneered Chicago's community garden movement in the mid-80's by converting a vacant building turned drug house into a vibrant community garden.
- Denver, Colorado - The Habitat Home Improvement Outlet sells new and used building materials and the proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.
- Douglasville, Georgia - Share House Douglas is a non-profit organization providing crisis intervention and the continuum of care to address the causes and effects of family violence.
- Indianapolis, Indiana - partnering with the Indiana State Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to share information about diabetes and diabetes research and sell root beer floats for their Hope Floats event in Indianapolis.
- Oakland, California - The East Bay Regional Park District manages more than 99,000 acres of land in 65 parks and maintains over 1,150 miles of trails. Maintenance and rehabilitation of the parks is an ongoing process and volunteers are needed to provide labor.
If you don't know where to start, call your local United Way
for a short list of suggestions.
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