Every year Albright students contribute thousands of hours of service to the Berks County community. The Volunteer Center can assist students in finding long and short-term projects that match their interests and availability. An agency directory, annual events calendar, and current event flyers are available for student use. In September the Center sponsors an annual Volunteer Fair to introduce students to area agencies and their volunteer opportunities. The Volunteer Center also sponsors several group projects throughout the year, including several service trips and on-campus opportunities to serve.
Why should I volunteer?
Not only do Albright College volunteers benefit the community by providing needed services, but they also benefit themselves and the College. Volunteers benefit the College by giving Albright students a good reputation and improving relations with the community. Volunteers gain experience and often learn and develop new skills through their activities in the community. Volunteers acquire a sense of personal satisfaction. They are able to learn about community issues and concerns, improve their leadership and interpersonal skills, and build credentials for their resumes. Volunteering is also a great opportunity to meet new people and have fun! Also, a study conducted by University of Michigan scientists found that those who volunteered up to 40 hours a year lived an average of eight years longer than those who didn't. According to Miami psychologist Janet Brown, Ph.D, "the friendships, new experiences and rush of good feelings associated with volunteering keep you healthy by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate-and just plain make life worth living." So do yourself, your school, and your community a favor and get involved!
Each year, 25 incoming students are awarded the Shirk Scholarship, which requires them to complete 25 hours of service within the Berks County community each semester they are on campus. Additionally, there are a number of Coleman Scholars who also have service requirements and are asked to complete 5 hours of service within the Berks County community per semester. The Volunteer Center is responsible for tracking those hours, and supporting Shirk and Coleman Scholars in the completion of their requirements. Scholars should be prepared to meet with the Volunteer Center on a semi-regular basis and turn in Report Forms to the Volunteer Center for each service opportunity they complete.
For the 2015-16 academic year, these forms are due by 4pm on the following dates:
- Fall Semester: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
- Spring Semester: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
How do I get started?
To find a volunteer opportunity that matches your needs, please contact one of the Volunteer Center Student Advisors by coming to the office, calling us at 610-921-7621, or e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also want to browse through this website, and check out the community service opportunities.
Also please click here if you are a Shirk Scholar, and click here for links to other Volunteer Websites.
13th & Bern Streets
P.O. Box 15234
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Assistant Director of Residential Life /Coordinator of the Volunteer Center
Nathan Rothermel and Alexis Jenofsky
The Volunteer Center is located downstairs by Jake's. If you go down the steps into Jake's, make a quick right and go down the hall. The Volunteer Center is the first door on the right.
Please note that our office is staffed by student workers during the academic year and our office hours may be different from the traditional 8am-5pm. For the most up-to-date information on office staffing, check out our bulletin board located just outside the office.