We love Virtuous Volunteer. I can’t say that enough. One thing that was hard when I moved into this role was that people were desiring opportunities but we did not have a place to promote volunteering. Trying to manage that could easily be a full-time job.
Virtuous Volunteer has created a platform to both promote service opportunities and to provide opportunities for partnerships with local organizations. We are also able now to track how students are engaged on campus and in the local community. Last year alone we logged over 4,200 service hours. We have even incorporated Virtuous Volunteer into our Freshman and Senior Seminar courses that require service hours.
One really great project we were able to participate in was stuffing backpacks for kids. We then took a team of students to Ghana where they delivered 125 of the backpacks to children in a rural school there. The remaining 375 backpacks went to foster homes and to kids living in shelters in the St. Louis area. Virtuous Volunteer was the platform that enabled all of that to happen.
How is Virtuous Volunteer helping you engage and manage your volunteers?
We launched Virtuous Volunteer in the Spring of 2019 for one of our service days, so this is our first academic year using it. Virtuous Volunteer helped a lot during student orientation, where we use a lot of volunteers. Also, we don’t have a staff person dedicated to tracking service hours, so we needed something efficient and effective and Virtuous Volunteer has been perfect for that.