Our online system makes looking for volunteer and service opportunities very simple. Through our VKSU/Get Connected system, VKSU.KENNESAW.EDU, students can search for service opportunities, sign up to volunteer, track their hours online, and download their official volunteer resume. Below is the information to get you started on the path to finding your passion through service.
To search and sign up for volunteer opportunities, click here.
Navigating the VKSU Volunteer Portal
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International Tuition Waiver Students
This information listed below is for international students who have received or are seeking the international tuition waiver.
***For Spring 2019, all service hours must be registered in the VKSU system (vksu.kennesaw.edu) by Monday, April 22nd at 5:00 pm.***
Do not wait until right before the deadline to input your hours! Since the verification process has two steps, it may take up to two (2) weeks for hours to be approved! Please do NOT try to complete all of your hours in April!
Please visit this webpage for more information: http://kennesaw.galaxydigital.com/students/international-students/
Resources for Student Organizations
If you are involved with a student organization and are interested in assistance with planning a service project for your group, please contact our office. Our staff can assist you by helping you focus on what your goals for the project are, narrowing down what agencies may be a good fit for your organization and any budget considerations that you may want to think about.
You can utilize the VKSU/Get Connected system as a resource to begin your research. The site will allow you to search over 250 non-profit agencies, read about their mission and volunteer options. Our system allows you to track individual hours online but does not allow for group tracking so once the service project is complete, each member of the organization will need to input their hours into the system.
To get started, click here.
The other option for tracking service hours is through Owl Life. Student organizations can track their service hours as a group under the self-reporting service tab in the Owl Life system. However, the Owl Life system does not allow the search options and functionality that Get Connected does. Ideally, the student organization should search opportunities in the VKSU/Get Connected system through the Department of Student Leadership and Service. Sign up for the volunteer opportunity and have each member track their hours individually in the system. After the hours are approved, the coordinator for the student organization can log the hours as a group in the Owl Life system.
To access Owl Life, click here.
Finding the Right Agency
Students volunteer for a variety of different reasons. It is important that you recognize your reason for volunteering so you can search accordingly. Once you have created a profile in our online system, you will see links listed below on the left side screen. Keep in mind, you need to log in to the system in order to register for a volunteer opportunity.
- This is where you will locate all the ongoing volunteer opportunities and dated events.
- In this section, you will locate the complete list of agencies that has an established partnership with the SLS office. If you know which agency you want to volunteer with, just scroll through the pages until you find their listing.
To get started by finding the right need or agency, click here.
Guidelines for Volunteering
If you need to cancel your volunteer assignment, for any reason, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the organization as soon as possible to let the Volunteer Coordinator know that you will not able to volunteer at the scheduled time. Many of the community partners we work with are volunteer-run agencies and depend on volunteers to be present for the operation of the office, event, or program. Without full support from the volunteers, they are unable to function to their highest potential. Additionally, your failure to show is a reflection of Kennesaw State University and could negatively impact the partnership that the agency has with the Department of Student Leadership and Service.
If you are scheduled to volunteer and fail to show up, the agency has the right to not allow you to volunteer with them in the future. These agencies will notify SLS and we will address the situation with the student directly.
Falsifying service hours is against the SLS policy. If you submit service hours that you did not complete, you may be reported to the Department of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for review.
It is extremely important that you treat every volunteer assignment as a paid position. Be punctual, friendly to the staff and provide excellent customer service. These are opportunities for you to gain work experience, new skills, job references, future employment, etc.
The Department of Student Leadership and Service supports and assists faculty and staff by providing resources, information, and support for courses that include volunteering or a service-learning component.
Resources and opportunities for faculty/staff include:
Course support - Our VKSU/Get Connected online system allows students to set up profiles, search for volunteer opportunities, and track their service hours online. This is particularly helpful for any courses that require service hours for class credit. For best results, we recommend that VKSU/Get Connected instructions are a) included in the syllabus, and b) SLS staff are invited to present to the class on navigating the VKSU/Get Connected system.
Validating student service hours - In order to validate student service hours, students must set up a profile on VKSU/Get Connected, respond to a need listed in the VKSU/Get Connected system, participate in the service, and log their hours. After logging their hours, students must await approval (or denial if records are incongruent) from the agency with whom they volunteered and the SLS office. Once hours have been approved by the agency and the SLS office, students are then able to log in to the VKSU/Get Connected system to export and print out the "Official Volunteer Resume" of all the hours they have logged through the VKSU/Get Connected system in the designated time period. They can submit this official record to their professor to confirm that they have met the service requirement for the course. For step-by-step instructions on how students can locate, export, and save/print their official volunteer resume, click HERE.
Consultations - If you are interested in adding a service component to your course, our staff will meet with you to customize some options that may be available. The course design can be as simple adding an extra credit service project or a more in-depth level of learning requiring a substantial number of hours through direct service, civic engagement, or activism.
Group service projects - Contact us if your department is interested in participating in a volunteer project as a group. This is a great way to build morale while contributing to the needs of the community. Our staff can meet with you to discuss some resources and options.
Class presentations - Our staff is available to present to your class about utilizing the system, finding the right volunteer opportunities for them, and the benefits of volunteering and civic engagement. If you are interested in requesting a class presentation, complete the form below.