In these tough times, The Academy of The Holy Cross recognized their community needed volunteers more than ever. Through innovation, a culture of inclusion and embracing digital resources, their campus community stepped up in a big way to virtually deliver on the commitment they made to the community. In the true spirit of service, they've agreed to share three keys to their virtual volunteering success.
In the true spirit of service, Emily Teter - Director of Social Justice - and MobileServe have compiled three key steps to success at The Academy of the Holy Cross. MobileServe applauds Emily and the entire student body at The Academy of the Holy Cross for impacting your local communities through your service and extending that same spirit here to help volunteers across the country.
Step 1: Clearly Communicate Expectations
Students and parents immediately turn to the website in uncertain times. Emily ensured service hour expectations were clearly documented as part of the institution’s response plan. This clear communication empowered students to determine how they can align their passions to meet their service hours safely from home.
Step 2: Provide Resources
Many volunteers want to help but struggle knowing where to start. Emily recognized this challenge early on and began creating a shared digital document with multiple volunteer opportunities. Many of Emily's resources provided the foundation for MobileServe's virtual volunteering resources page.
Step 3: Quickly Spread the Word
Documenting virtual volunteer hours is so important to inspiring other volunteers. Emily capitalized on the many digital verification options in the MobileServe app to efficiently document and verify the impact of her virtual volunteers. Quick documentation allowed one act of good to influence another.
Thank you again to Emily and the students at the Academy of the Holy Cross. We are inspired by your tenacity knowing there is so much good to be done in uncertain times. We hope you are also inspired by these volunteers and know that with the right planning, virtual volunteering can continue have tremendous impacts on our communities and volunteers.