College students who volunteer move to the head of the class

Amber is a college student who volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. She’s studying interior design and appreciates the “real world” experience she gains by volunteering.

Are you a busy college student wondering if it’s worth making the time to volunteer? The answer is “YES.” That’s because it’s not just your community that benefits from the time you share – you will, too! According to YWCA of Seattle/King/Snomish in Washington state, volunteering in an area you are passionate about provides you with real life experience and enhances your resume. You’ll establish relationships with a network of people you can learn from and lean on. You also will develop professional references outside the classroom. All of this will be helpful when you’re applying for your first job.

Amber knows this is true. She’s a student at Kansas State University studying Interior Design. She’s a regular volunteer with Habitat for Humanity because it ties in with her major. During her spring break Amber volunteered with Wichita Habitat and  talked about her career plans. She’s interested in influencing how people feel in the space they live in. “I want to make a home feel special,” she said. By volunteering with Habitat she is learning about this process. “It feels really great!” When she’s back in school, she’ll volunteer with the Manhattan Habitat for Humanity.

We’d love to have you volunteer with us! The time you share will help us build homes and make the community better. We are always in need of construction volunteers, ReStore volunteers and people to help in our office and on committees. Contact Christine, our volunteer coordinator, at (316) 269-0755 or [email protected]