Time is money — and these days it seems more precious than ever. A gift of your time can be just as valuable as any monetary donation.
And it’s a highly personal gift. Volunteering allows you an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, make a direct difference in a student’s life or even expand your own horizons.
Here are a few ways your time and knowledge could make a difference.
- Work with students — You can make a difference in a single student’s life or a whole group’s simply by making yourself available. Serve as a mentor, invite a student to shadow you at work, speak to a class or simply accept a phone call and offer advice to a career-minded student. Contact individual colleges and units to learn how you can help.
- Get your hands dirty — The Florida Museum of Natural History welcomes alumni and others to participate in its spring and fall volunteer digs, while the Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, through its county extension offices, provides training for Floridians to become master gardeners.
- Be an advocate — You can help communicate UF’s needs to Florida’s legislators by becoming a member of Gators for Higher Education.