Frequently Asked Questions

Who runs Tigers in Service? 
When can I start? 
What if I already have a service project in mind? 
Are other college students volunteering? 
Do I get paid? 
What's in it for me? 
What did the previous volunteers this about the service they did? 
What type of projects would I be doing? 
Do I have to make a long term commitment? 
Can you help our organization develop a year long service plan? 
What are the benefits of volunteering? 
How do I volunteer?

Q: Who runs Tigers In Service and what is it?       top 
A: Tigers In Service is a student-run program designed to match volunteers with service opportunities in the Hays area. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership, Tigers In Service acts as a clearinghouse for students with a desire to participate in community service.

Q: When can I start?       top 
A: Get started today! Contact Tigers in Service to set up the volunteer program or activity that works best for you.

Q: What if I already have a service project in mind?       top 
A: No problem. We are here to serve, and we would be happy to help you with it or just plan it for you. Just tell us what you're interested in, and we'll take care of the rest!

Q: Are other college students volunteering?       top 
A: Yes they are. It has been reported that 46% of people age 18-24 actively participate in volunteerism nationwide. This growing trend has made a positive impact all over the country, and the students of Fort Hays State University are accepting the challenge of creating positive change through community service.

Q: Do I get paid?       top 
A: No. By definition, a volunteer is a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service.

Q: What's in it for me?      top 
A: More than you might think. In today's workplace, employers want to know that the people they hire will be responsible and committed. Service and volunteerism on your resume is a good way to show this. In addition, at the end of the year, you and/or your student organization may be eligible for the Volunteer of the Year certificate or the Volunteer Organization of the Year award. However, regardless of your standing at the end of the year, you will get to meet new and caring people and learn diverse life skills that will aid you in any path you choose to travel.

Q: What did the previous volunteers think of the service they did?       top 
A: The best way to answer this is just to let them speak for themselves:
 

"Volunteering has taught me not only about current issues in our community, but about the underlying reasons that these issues exist. I feel like I    have been given the power to go out there and really make a difference. I believe that participating in community service has been one of the most rewarding and worthwhile experiences of my college career."
-Lindsay Ronnau
 FHSU Graduate
"Participating in community service has enhanced my years at FHSU more than I could've ever imagined. I think that volunteerism would be beneficial to any student's college experience."
-Jacque McKenna 
FHSU Graduate
"Community service is a great way to make a difference in your community. Volunteering makes me feel good...I am helping people and making my community a better place to live."
-Mitch Hall
 FHSU Graduate Student

Q: What type of projects would I be doing?       top 
A: There are many diverse needs in our community, state, and nation. We are always willing to help you come up with something original and challenging. Some projects that we have been involved with fall under our three core components - Youth, Senior Citizen, and Community. These include, but are not limited to, mentoring a child, helping with a school carnival, sponsoring a youth organization, working with animals, working with the environment, spending time at a rest home, delivering meals on wheels, helping with household projects, and many more.

Q: Do I have to make a long term commitment?       top 
A: No way. We know that most of our volunteers have very busy lives. If you work or have a family to take care of check out our growing number of exciting one-time events that will challenge your organization and provide you with a taste of the rewarding experience of community service.

Q: Can you help our organization develop a year long service plan?     top 
A: Absolutely. An increasing number of student organizations are answering the call to serve. Tigers In Service can make it easy to schedule your next service project, or create a tailor-made year-long service plan for your organization by pairing your team with service opportunities that will fit your needs.

Q: What are the benefits of volunteering?       top 
A:

  • Exposure to local issues and concerns
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Exposure to networking opportunities
  • Engage in meaningful relationships
  • Experience a diverse learning environment
  • Encourage activism and volunteerism
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Learn respect for other individuals and cultures
  • Enhance moral sensitivity, personal creativity and emotional stability
  • Exemplify compassion and civility
  • Encourages lifetime of civic learning and leading

Q: How to Volunteer?      top 
A: Contact the Tigers in Service office today! All the contact information is listed below. You can also go to the Register to Volunteer form and submit your information.

Tigers in Service
202 Custer Hall
Fort Hays State University
600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601
(785)628-5537
service@fhsu.edu

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