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For Community Partners

Thank you for your interest in Hope College volunteers. We hope the volunteer experiences can be mutually beneficial to Hope students and you, the community partner.

There are a number of ways you can reach out to Hope students.

Handshake
Interested in recruiting students for one-time or continuous volunteer opportunities? You can post those opportunities on Handshake, the online resource for all jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities for students and alumni.
SUBMIT A GROUP VOLUNTEER REQUEST
Send a brief description of the group volunteer opportunity, the number of volunteers you are seeking, dates and contact information to volunteers@hope.edu. We will do our best to reach out to student groups we think might be interested.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES NEWSLETTER
Email the Volunteer Services directors at volunteers@hope.edu to include your volunteer opportunity in the monthly newsletter. Please include a brief description of the opportunity, dates and contact information.
VOLUNTEER SERVICES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Volunteer Services posts volunteer opportunities on their Facebook and Twitter. Email very short descriptions of the opportunity, including dates and contact information, to volunteers@hope.edu.
VOLUNTEER FAIR
Every August, Hope College hosts a Student Activities and Volunteer Fair during the final day of New Student Orientation. Thirty nonprofits can sign up to have a space at the fair to share about their organization and seek volunteers. Sign-up is on a first come, first served basis and will be available in early August.
DAYS OF SERVICE
Every fall and spring Volunteer Services hosts a large day of service. These days consist of over 250 students serving at more than 25 nonprofit organizations in the Holland and Zeeland community. Groups of 4–15 students will serve at your organization for 3–5 hours. If you would like to host a group for Time to Serve (fall) or Hope Serves (spring), please email butterfield@hope.edu to be added to our contact list to receive information about these events.
STUDENT INTERNS AND GAP YEAR OPPORTUNITIES
If you are interested in creating an internship or gap year opportunity for students at your community organization please visit the Career Development Center for more information. 

Tips for working with Hope College volunteers

  • Be mindful of the demands of students’ schedules and coursework.
  • Take the opportunity to educate students about your nonprofit.
  • Be aware of transportation challenges for students without cars.
  • Share with students ways they can volunteer with your organization in the future.
  • Be aware of breaks in the Hope calendar, including Christmas, Spring Break and Winter/Fall Break. These may affect a student's volunteer schedule.
  • Share your story. How did you choose this career? Many students are trying to discern if nonprofit work is right for them after college.