Make a Difference
Part of earning a well-rounded education is becoming part of a greater community. At CU, we believe we rise by lifting others, and community service is just one of the many ways you can make a difference as a Phoenix.
Our students share a sincere passion for people and regularly put their hearts into action. CU students volunteer nearly 5,000 hours each school year in their communities. Whether you want to build new homes with Habitat for Humanity, read to children in the city schools, or become a Big Brother or Big Sister, we will provide you with the resources and support you need to be able to serve others and leave your mark on the world.
The Benefits of Volunteering Build Transferable Skills
When you serve in your community you gain real-world experience and build transferable skills in problem solving, collaboration, time management, communication and leadership, all vital in the workplace. Volunteering allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom while simultaneously improving the lives of others.
Build Your Resume
Building your resume while you’re in college is critical to landing your first job as a graduate. According to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service, volunteering is associated with a 27% higher odds of employment. Employers are 82% more likely to choose a candidate with volunteering experience and 85% more likely to overlook resume flaws when the candidate’s resume includes volunteer experience. This means, students who enter the workforce with volunteer experience are not only boosting their resumes but are effectively standing-out among other potential (and equally qualified) candidates.
Volunteering can help you build connections with businesses, organizations, and professionals in the community. Volunteering is a great way for you to explore career paths, and the connections you make can help you connect with the right people when you’re ready to begin your career. Your network can also offer helpful career advice to help guide you as you make important decisions for your academic and professional careers.
According to a 2018 study on volunteerism and health, 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. Life as a college student can be stressful at times, and maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Volunteering while you’re in college is both good for you and good for the community.
Ways to Volunteer
There are lots of ways you can volunteer on campus or out in the community. Check out our list of community partners who need your help to make a difference.
TN Promise Service Hours
To maintain TN Promise eligibility, you are required to perform 8 hours of community service prior to each term the award is received.
Contact Us. We’re here to help.
If you have questions about volunteering or how to get involved please email the Office of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.