VCSC Student Employment
Did you know that the Volunteer and Community Service Center (VCSC) is the only department on campus to be almost entirely student-run? The VCSC is run by 4 different teams with 24 student workers with advisement/supervision by 1.3 professional staff members. Some of these students work primarily in the VCSC to promote volunteerism on campus, while others work with non-profit organizations and schools in the Fox Cities community to support their missions and serve as a bridge between the community and campus.
If you want to be a change agent with the Volunteer Center, please review position descriptions of interest below. If interested in the Office Manager or Service Corps positions apply here by April 24, 2017. If interested in the Math and Reading Partners programs, follow application instructions on the position description.
Office Managers (4) work together as a team to support the mission of the VCSC by providing organizational and communication support internal and external to the department. The Office Managers will work to provide logistical support to the director/department while performing a wide variety of tasks in support of student volunteer programs.
Under the direction of the Director of Volunteer and Community Service Programs at Lawrence University and the Fox Cities community, develop a deeper understanding of a need in our community, assets and challenges of that need in the Fox Cities and potential campus-community partnerships. Leaders will serve in various different capacities at organizations devoted to that need/issue and contribute to the mission of the organization, understand the root issues addressed by the organizations and make connections between the needs of the organizations and the interests of Lawrence students through the support of a corps. This year's openings are in Fair Housing and Hunger, Environment and Sustainability, Child Advocacy, and Elder Advocacy.
CULTURAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS
Cultural Support Programs provide mentorship and foster empowerment in youth at Kaleidoscope Academy, a local middle school, by creating a space to share ideas, bridge the gap of cross-cultural misunderstanding, and provide various activities focused on youth development, empowerment, and mentorship. This year's openings are in HYPE or Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment, BYE or Black Youth Empowerment, and OLAS or Organization of Latin@ American Students.
MATH AND READING PARTNER PROGRAM
MATH PARTNERS AND READING PARTNERS PROGRAM is a program funded by the America Reads/America Counts initiative. Students with federal work study will be matched with youth at Edison Elementary School to support their reading and math goals. Follow application instructions listed in position description.
OTHER SERVICE-RELATED JOB OPPORTUNITIES:
Service Shuttle Driver
Hours per Week: 2-6
Employment Start Date: TBD
Supervisor: Council on Community Service and Engagement
*Job Description: Drive LU volunteers to various locations in the Fox Cities throughout the week (times will vary a bit depending on need/availability).
Qualifications: Must be eligible to be an LU authorized driver. Must... 1. be at least 18 years of age, 2. have had license for at least 2 years 3. have a clean driving record.
Application Instructions: Email Kristi Hill to inquire about application process.
Read what these students have to say about working in the VCSC:
"Working at the VCSC has allowed me to break out of the Lawrence bubble and see some of the serious issues our community faces. As the Fair Housing and Hunger Program coordinator, I have been able to see how many people homelessness and hunger affects. The VCSC has enabled me to help these people and create positive change in the community. The VCSC has provided me with the best experience I have had thus far at Lawrence."
~Lewis Berger, '18, Fair Housing and Hunger Program Coordinator 2016-2017
"I've been working in the VCSC for 2 years now and I'm excited to be returning for a 3rd. Working in the VCSC allows me to really get involved in our community and advocate for children and families, even as a student. I've learned so much through my work, both on campus and in the community, and I love being able to explore my interests and serve at the same time."
~Abbey Bowen, '18, LARY Buddy Coordinator 2016-2017
"The Volunteer Center is the best job that I have had on campus till date. It has such a great community of students dedicated to service and social justice which creates a great work environment. The Volunteer Center has also shaped the person I am today as it allows me to explore my interests through the realms of volunteerism and service. I have definitely grown as a student and an individual being a part of the Volunteer Center team!"
~Jaime Gonzalez, '16, Resource and Diversity Coordinator 2014-2015
"This is my first year working at the VCSC and I have enjoyed every bit of it. Not only have I had the opportunity to develop new skills but I have also had the chance to pursue my passion. For instance, with the support of Kristi Hill, other Lawrence students and I have had the amazing opportunity to start our own support group, HOLAS, for Latino teens at Roosevelt Middle School. The goal of our group is to empower these teens and help them understand that they have a voice and can make a difference in the world. So far, it has been a very rewarding and amazing experience working with the group. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us!"
~Araceli Mena '16, Communications Coordinator 2014-2015