Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement
The Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement provides opportunities for student learning and development through civic and community programming and engagement.
We support service and volunteerism across the campus, in the local community, in the Rochester / Buffalo region, and throughout the United States. We foster relationships between SUNY Geneseo and the community, increase awareness and of society's needs, and work to address pressing issues through volunteerism and service.
Looking for ways to connect and serve? You can find an internship, volunteer at a one time event, or establish a long term service experience - you tell us what you are looking for and we'll match you with a great opportunity!
The 2023 Leadership, Volunteer, and Service Awards recognize students, faculty and staff, student organizations, and community partner organizations for service work that has had a positive impact on the people and institutions across our community.
Know someone who should be recognized? Nominate them here
Student Volunteerism & Community Engagement
MacKenzie DeRider, Interim Director
Center for Community
College Union 353A
Fax: 585 245-5729
How can it help you achieve your dreams and aspirations!
Making a difference within your community can be one of the many college memories you take along with you, in life and post-graduation from SUNY Geneseo. When volunteering you have the ability to gain real-world experience while simultaneously helping out in your community or working with an organization. As college students making time for other activities outside of class and our social lives can be strenuous and difficult, but if you can make time and have a passion for striving towards your future goals and propelling yourself in the right direction career-wise, it's an amazing opportunity to take!
What we Know About Volunteering!
- A study found that volunteering is associated with a 27% higher odds of employment. Volunteering as a Pathway to Employment - Executive Summary - Americorps. https://americorps.gov/sites/default/files/evidenceexchange /FR_ RE_ VolunteeringPathwayto EmploymentExecutiveSummary_2013_1.pdf.
- Employers are 82% more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience.
- Employers are 85% more likely to overlook resume flaws when the candidate's resume includes volunteer experience.
- A 2018 study on volunteerism and health found that participants experienced an 8.5% increase in mental health and a 4.3% decrease in depression after volunteering regularly. The same study found that participants experienced a 9% increase in physical health. Waters, Addison. “The Real-World Benefits of Volunteering for College Students.” The Real-World Benefits of Volunteering for College Students, Galaxy Digital, 17 Mar. 2023, https://www.galaxydigital.com/blog/benefits-volunteering-college.
- 82% of hiring managers interviewed by researchers said they "prefer applicants with volunteer experience, and 92% say volunteer activities build leadership skills." “Volunteering Can Build a Stronger Resume.” Volunteering Can Build a Stronger Resume | Rio Salado College, 3 Jan. 2022, https://www.riosalado.edu/news/2022/volunteering-can-build-stronger-resume.