Olivier Debure, Director QEP
Amanda Foster, Service-Learning Administrative Coordinator
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
local: (727) 864-7675
toll-free: (800) 456-9009
fax: (727) 864-8588
Resources for Download
Working with student volunteers is a wonderful opportunity to help community-based organizations meet their missions, but can also present new challenges. The following orientation checklist (PDF) is available to agencies as a suggested guide for preparing students for service-learning experiences in the community. Feel free to utilize the orientation checklist as needed, adapting, omitting, or changing any points to suit the needs of your organization. Download the Orientation Checklist (PDF).
The following websites offer a variety of online resources, tools, and journals that can be useful for community agencies:
Energize is a site catering to volunteer coordinators that includes news on volunteering, a resource library, literature on volunteer management, an online journal, recruitment strategies, events, ideas for recognizing volunteers, and links to countless external resources.
Resource Center is a site of “Tools and Training for Volunteer and Service Programs." Compiled by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the website includes useful resources and tips such as how to develop a volunteer handbook, evaluating volunteers, retention, team building, etc.
Sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin, Service Leader is an informative website with a plethora of resources for volunteer leaders, addressing a wide range of subjects from program assessment to volunteer support.
Free Management Library has a site devoted to developing and managing volunteer programs. With practical information and resources such as online tutorials, sample volunteer descriptions, and orientation guidelines, the site also links to resources developed by other agencies and community organizations.
Developing Partnerships for Service-Learning: Starting Points for Community-Based Organizations This article shares basic best practices for agencies to consider when establishing service-learning partnerships.