I’ve spent many years working with community members, parents, and volunteer managers that want to plan meaningful service opportunities for young volunteers. The benefits of volunteer experience and having these projects available for youth is vast.
One huge benefit from volunteering is that youth learn important lessons that can later help their experience in college, in a career, and in life!
This is the first post in a series of blog posts where I interview an individual who was really active as a volunteer in high school or college about his or her volunteer experience. In each interview, a valuable lesson is shared!
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Our interview today is with Mike Murphy. Mike is from Tucker, GA. He started attending Georgia College (Milledgeville, GA) in the fall of 2007. He had his first experiences working with The GIVE (GCSU Involved in Volunteer Efforts) Center as a volunteer with his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 2011 and a Masters of Art in English in 2014.
What was your first impression of the work The GIVE Center does?
How involved were you with The GIVE Center?
I was heavily involved with The GIVE Center, and consider it one of the most influential parts of my Georgia College experience. My service path started with my fraternity. At first I simply took part in projects that my fraternity was involved in, such as Greek Week events, Santa’s Miracle Fund (which my big brother, Chris Turner, founded), and Dance Marathon. This continued until my junior year, when I began planning a lot of service events for my fraternity. My senior year I became Pi Kappa Phi’s Philanthropy Chair, and also worked for The GIVE Center as a Volunteer and Social Media Manager.
Talk about one experience you had during a service project that taught you the most. This may not be your favorite experience but one that made you grow/step out of your comfort zone. What are the benefits of volunteer experience?
Initially most of the board was heartbroken because we hadn’t reached our goal. We had worked hard all year, but had still fallen short. This was one of the toughest moments as a service leader, but it was also one of the most important. I learned a lot about setting goals from that experience. We were too focused on growing too quickly, and set a goal that was unrealistic. We didn’t take into account that the fundraising total would be affected by in-kind donations, and we didn’t work hard enough to secure the corporate sponsorships needed to reach the goal.
There are many benefits of volunteering! Getting involved in volunteering can help you gain experience. It can build your resume and you can develop leadership skills that will help you in the future. Young volunteers need Service Project Coordinators that will organize meaningful service projects for them.
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Hi! I’m Kim.
I’m a wife, mom, and educator.
I’ve worked in higher education for over 18 years and love planning events that engage students in fun, hands on experiences. My strength is in the logistics and I plan for fun. I am now using my strengths to help others take the stress out of event planning to have quality programs for youth of all ages.