Community service

How to find opportunities for community service – the Famuan

FAMU CASS building. Photo courtesy of tallahassee.com

Conversations circulated among FAMU students about opportunities for community service. Some students have complained about the difficulty in finding these opportunities, while others feel that students are just not looking for enough.

Students have been impatient or frustrated to find these opportunities to help them with their involvement in campus organizations.

Membership in many campus organizations, especially Greek literary organizations which are popular among students, requires interested students to submit community service hours on iStrike. This left students interested in these organizations looking for ways to meet their hours of service.

Marley Campbell, an agribusiness major, is a first year student struggling to find community service opportunities. Campbell said she was eager to join some organizations, but her lack of service hours made it difficult.

“I feel like I haven’t seen so many community service events happening this semester,” Campbell said. “It’s frustrating for me because I want to be a member of a lot of things, and I want my hours to help me stand out.”

For the other students, recording community service hours was not so difficult.

Sean Geigher, a sophomore criminal justice student, felt like Campbell during his freshman year at FAMU, but quickly changed his mind. Geigher said he found it easier to find community service opportunities once he got started.

“I just started meeting people who were part of the organizations I was interested in and following the organizations on social media,” Geigher said. “I think the more opportunities presented themselves to me, the more I made myself available. No one will give you anything.

Geigher said he was surprised at how easy it was to log the hours once he made himself available.

“A lot of these organizations will be hosting their own community service events because it’s something they want to be known for,” Geigher said. “I’m just going to the ones I’m interested in, and I already have 10 hours.”

Students who have had difficulty finding community service opportunities can turn to online resources if they haven’t already. In the Events folder on iStrike, students can customize their results to show only upcoming service events.

During the final week of class, Psi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will host a toy drive on November 30 and the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fellowship will be holding a fundraiser on December 3.

There are also off-campus opportunities for students. Leoncountyfl.gov has a page on their website titled “Volunteer Opportunities” which allows anyone to apply online to a local organization of their choice.