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Whether you're working with a partner organization for just a few hours or a few years of your time at William & Mary, here are some simple best-practices to help you have the most impact.
Checklist for successful partnerships
Communicate Before You Begin
Be sure you and your partner organization are on the same page about: when and where you will be volunteering, what training you may need, how you will communicate, and what success will look like.
If you volunteer for an extended time, check back in with your partner about any changes to these guidelines and to celebrate your successes and progress.
Double-check Your Logistics
Can you reliably volunteer at the times you committed to? Communicate with your partner as early as possible when schedules change during breaks or exam periods. Also, reflect on whether the time commitment you are making can fit into your schedule while supporting your well-being.
If the work is off-campus, be sure you have adequate transportation to-and-from. If you're without a car and can't walk or use public transit, ask if there are other W&M volunteers who you might carpool with.
Educate Yourself About The Organization
Through their website and in conversation with staff and other volunteers, take the time to lean about your partner. What mission is your service supporting? How do they make a difference in their community? What draws other volunteers to their work?
While service can be away a place of restoration from your academic work, your impact and engagement is deeper when you can connect your volunteering to the broader issues you are addressing.