VCU Volunteers follows VCU’s history of developing mutually partnerships with the community and is supported by VCU 2020 Theme 5- A model for community-university partnerships. VCU Volunteers will make VCU a better place to work by fostering a sense of belonging and pride in employees at all levels. The mission of VCU Volunteers is to build a collaborative employee community through the shared experience of volunteering. An employee-driven steering committee will guide the activities of the program. This committee will be denied by an employee and will include representative’s membership for Human Resources – Work/Life Resources, Community Engagement, the VCU Caring to Act Calendar Committee, and departments throughout the University. The steering committee will develop guidelines and a volunteer handbook. Volunteer activity opportunities will be presented to the steering committee, vetted according to the guidelines, and publicized to employees.
Discovery Mentoring: Creating Student Connections proposes to develop a student-to-student mentoring program which would match undeclared, incoming first year students to mentors. This program facilitates the objectives of University College by building upon their efforts to create a “small community,” feel in a large university. This project is intended to address Theme II of VCU’s 2020 Strategic Plan: “Achieve national recognition as a learning-centered research university that embraces a world-class student experience.” Such a mentoring program would enhance the student experience of our incoming first-year students and help out declared students to connect more strongly with VCU through personal relationships with students and alumni.
Cultivating Hospital Volunteers and Auxiliary Board Leadership: The Next Generation accepted the challenge from the VCUHS Hospital Auxiliary Board, Volunteer Services, and John Duval (team mentor), Team Vision proposed a project that would look more globally at volunteer recruitment, training and placement, and retention. As the project evolved, we also examined how the two organizations could draw on their deep experience and resources not only to develop a robust volunteer population, but to develop and strengthen their own organizations to better define their goals and ensure an Auxiliary Board membership of vitality and longevity.