Volunteer ServicesThe mission of Valdosta State University’s Volunteer Services is to cultivate civic responsibility as an essential part of a student’s development as a global citizen in our increasingly diverse society. Volunteer Services promotes and facilitates this development by providing opportunities to build community partnerships through a variety of service opportunities, including community service and outreach.
We seek to operationalize this mission by offering the following programs and initiatives:
Volunteer Valdosta, a day of service where students across campus can go to different non-profit organizations on campus and spend their time engaging in community service. In recent years, we have had students provide service to Valdosta Early College Academy (VECA) through various projects around campus.
Blazer Pantry, a food pantry housed in our Student Union where students who may be in need of support are able to gain that support through our Student Life Office. Check out the Blazer Pantry tab to get more information about how you can access this resource! Student Organizations can also host food drives for the Blazer Pantry. Last year, 296.21 lbs of food were donated to the Blazer Pantry!
Blood Drives, which are held at least twice a month are a great way to do great service and save a life. Students who participate in donating blood are eligible for 3 service hours and we’re always looking for students to volunteer their time working the blood drives. If your student organization is interested in hosting a blood drive, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the week of the West Georgia football game, VSU students compete with West Georgia to see who can donate the most units of blood. The school with the most units of donated blood will be recognized at the VSU-West Georgia game and receive an award. Our very own VSU has won for the past 3 years! For the 2013 season, our own VSU won a very close competition with 113 units to UWG’s 112 units! This is a great way to show your school spirit and help the American Red Cross!
Holiday Helper, held every November and December, gives VSU’s students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to help community members by donating gifts to designated community agencies like the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lowndes County, Project Light of Valdosta, and North Point Group Home. We were fortunate to grant 67 children their wishes for over 200 gifts this past 2013 holiday season! We have not disappointed a child and we’d like to continue that tradition!
Give and Go Program, a program sponsored by the Sociology Department and Housing and Residence Life, where students can donate usable items instead of throwing them away! The Give and GO Program is held every May during the last week of school. Students don’t have to throw away their gently used residence hall items. We accept a wide range of items, from laundry detergent to sheet sets to canned goods and clothing. The only thing we don’t accept are mattress pads!
For more information on any of these programs or general questions, email Michelle Leeper at email@example.com