Two staff members from Frostburg State University’s Center for Volunteerism and National Service presented a workshop at the 2004 National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service in Kansas City, Mo. The three-day conference was hosted by the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Rhonda Schwinabart, FSU’s program director of the Institute for Service Learning, and Hope Cober, FSU’s “Read to Succeed” coordinator, gave a seminar entitled, “How Can I Effectively Recruit, Train and Retain College Volunteers for My Organization?”
Schwinabart was encouraged by the high attendance at the workshop. She noted that some presenters told her that they only had 8 or 10 people attending, while 60 people attended Schwinabart and Cober’s presentation.
Schwinabart, who has attended the conference in the past, said, “There really weren’t a lot of workshops that addressed service learning or working with college students.” Understanding the need, she and Cober created a proposal for a workshop addressing how volunteer professionals can work with college students. They submitted their proposal and found out in early April it had been selected for the June conference.
Cober is a recent college graduate from Washington and Jefferson College and is now serving a tour as an AmeriCorps volunteer at FSU where she coordinates the “Read to Succeed” program. Schwinabart was also a former AmeriCorps volunteer and a former “Read to Succeed” coordinator. Schwinabart now works with professors at FSU to help them integrate service learning into their curriculum.
For more information on FSU’s Center for Volunteerism and National Service call 301-687-4210.