How Students Should Prepare for Service and Volunteering

Community service and volunteer opportunities provide students with personal and professional development experiences that contribute to the overall development of the student.  This type of development is critical to the production of successful graduates and professionals.  In support of this developmental principal FAMU students are required to complete service/volunteer hours for certain academic and scholarship programs.  

  • Complete your iStrike account profile.  iStrike is the online system managed by Efferson Student Union & Activities in which students must document their service/volunteer hours. 
  • Attend an ESUA Leadership & Service Learning Orientation Session. Although attendance is not required in order to receive credit for service/volunteer hours participation in a LSL Orientation will provide students with useful information.
    • How to be an effective volunteer on campus and in the community
    • Access to service/volunteer opportunities sponsored by ESUA, campus partners and community partners.
  • Attend orientation/training offered by the organization providing service/volunteer opportunity. This will help you to see if the opportunity meets your personal and professional goals. 
    • Identify the project supervisor
    • Identify uniforms and/or required attire
    • Identify how service/volunteer hours are recorded
  • Carry yourself professionally at all times. Participation in service/volunteer activities are a reflection on you as an individual and FAMU. 
    • If you cannot meet the requirements communicate that supervisor. 
    • Follow all rules and procedures set by supervisors to ensure your safety and to fully understand the task at hand. 
  • Document hours in iStrike immediately. This will help to ensure that your hours are reported to the Registrar in the next reporting cycle. Some organizations have deadlines as to when they will validate/approve service/volunteer hours.
    • You will need to document your hours in the Involvement section of your user profile. **Effective September 1, 2018 Volunteer Hours will no longer be submitted in the Involvement section.**
  • Educate supervisors with the FAMU/iStrike procedures.  In many cases service/volunteer hours are not reported to the Registrar because they have not been approved by the supervisor/contact person indicated in iStrike.
    • Make them aware of the email notifications they will receive from iStrike/Orgsync.
    • Make them aware of the reporting cycle and how soon you need them to respond.
  • Follow up on service/volunteer entries.  It is your responsibility to verify that your service/volunteer hours are accurately reflected on your transcript. 
    • Review your involvement hours in your iStrike account to see if they have been approved by the supervisor/contact person.
    • Contact supervisors/contact persons if they have not approved your service/volunteer hours.
    • Review your transcripts each month to verify that all hours are documented.
  • Things to remember
    • Supervisors/contact persons must use business or professional email addresses when approving service/volunteer hours.  Personal email address such as jondoe@gmail.com or jane_doe@yahoo.com cannot be verified for accuracy.  Any service/volunteer hour entries using personal email addressed will be automatically denied.  Service/Volunteer hours can be submitted only in the involvement section of iStrike.  Paper, email, or verbal verification are not accepted. 
    • If for some reason your service/volunteer hours are not recorded accurately on your transcript please complete a Service/Volunteer Hour Audit Request. 

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William L. Clemm II, Director

Tammye Jordan, Administrative Assistant

Felicia Barnes, Student Clubs & Organizations

Baron Thomas, Facility & Events

Melverton Walters, Recreation

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