Day of Service is a new program with the goal of introducing first-year CU-Boulder students to ongoing volunteerism by connecting them to the resources and long-term needs of the campus and surrounding communities.
"The vision for this new program is for first-year students to join efforts and serve their community for one day a year," said Jen Ross, director of the VRC. "Through Day of Service, we hope new students will become more deeply connected with their surrounding communities and learn ways in which they can be of service to their communities needs.
What is a project leader?
Each Day of Service site has one project leader that coordinates all aspects of the service project from start to finish. This includes working with VRC staff, the community partner, task captains, site leaders and volunteers to make a big difference in the community. Project leaders are responsible for ensuring that the project is well-managed, the impact on the community is clear, and that the service work gets done.
Beginning in May project leaders can expect to work up to 10 hours per week planning their projects. Day of Service projects generally last about 4 hours. The project leader can count on a few additional hours of administrative time (communicating with the Community Partner and volunteers, preparing project).
What is a task captain?
For every 10-25 new student volunteers on Day of Service, a task captain is assigned to help them through their service work. Task captains often lead a specific subset of the volunteer work, such as painting a mural, building a community garden planter, or mentoring a small group of schoolchildren. Task captains are led by project leaders and work closely with volunteers to make a difference and impact in the community.
Task captains are the backbone of a volunteer project; they lead the volunteers through the education and reflection, directly supervise volunteers, assemble supplies at task location, instruct volunteers on how to accomplish task, and clean up -- all within a specific amount of time.
Beginning in August task captains can expect to work up to 5 hours per week on planning their project task with the project leader and community partner. Day of Service projects generally last about 4 hours. The Task captain can count on a few additional hours of administrative time (communicating with the project leader and volunteers, preparing project) on Day of Service.