LIT students have already contributed 9,000 hours of voluntary work on campus and in the community.
Students at Limerick Institute of Technology have enhanced their commitment to volunteerism both on campus and in the community as the third level institution announces its membership of studentvolunteer.ie.
Studentvolunteer.ie is a brand new one-stop shop portal which opens students to countless volunteering opportunities with many civil society organisations (CSOs).
The launch of LIT’s membership of the volunteering website was held in conjunction with the annual LIT Voluntary Fair which saw more than 15 organisations recruiting student volunteers on the Moylish Campus this Wednesday 11 April 2018.
Students at LIT are no stranger to volunteerism as they have already contributed more than 9,000 hours of voluntary work both on and off campus.
LIT Access Officer Anna Murphy noted that students have engaged in volunteer work for the past decade through the GIVE (Guided Initiative in Voluntary Engagement) project which was established in LIT during the 2007/2008 academic year.
“GIVE encourages students to engage in voluntary activities under the guidance of the Access Service. The LIT GIVE project benefits both the community and the volunteers by combining a service experience with a learning and development experience,” she said.
“Students have volunteered with on campus initiatives such as the Go4IT programme, Skills @ Work programme and the Leaders@LIT scholarship programme. While off campus some of the organisations students have volunteered with include Northside Family Resource Centre, Limerick Youth Service, Milford Hospice, Corpus Christi NS, among others.”
“The new studentvolunteer.ie system will enable student volunteers to find and register for volunteer roles, build their volunteering portfolio, manage their volunteering hours and eventually achieve either a gold, silver or bronze President’s Volunteering Commendation depending on the number hours they have dedicated to volunteering,” added Ms Murphy.
Stakeholders in studentvolunteer.ie include up to 163,000 student users from across the higher education landscape and close to 8,000 civil society organisations (CSOs) registered with the Charities Regulator. Strategic partners include Volunteer Ireland and Comhlámh. (All international volunteering opportunities must be signatories of the Comhlámh Good Practice Charter).