TU attempts to increase student volunteers

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Freshman Marisol Pesquera volunteers every summer at a camp for children in Puerto Rico. She thinks that students on campus would benefit from the volunteer opportunities the campus provides.
(Photo by: Emily Cunningham / TU student)

In reaction to small numbers of student volunteers, Towson University is hoping to enhance participation by providing more community service opportunities on and off campus.

“You as college students have so much to give and so much to learn,” Towson University 2008 graduate and current Coordinator of Community Service Corinne DeRoberts said. “I just don’t think it [volunteering] is part of the culture.”

DeRoberts’ position as Coordinator of Community Service is the first of its kind offered on campus. Applications are now being accepted for five new Service Leaders positions on campus. Their roles will include planning First Fridays, a day of service where students from different groups travel outside of campus to help in the community as well as planning other service events.

DeRoberts hopes that these positions will inspire more students to serve.

“It [volunteering] gives you different experiences that others may not have on their resume,” she said. “It can show your commitment and dedication to something.”

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