There are so many memories that are being built by hundreds of college roommates across our country. One of the best things that all college roommates need to due immediately upon entering their college or university is to become an NPCC College Roommate Member. Volunteering has a positive effect on your community — and it’s good for you and your roommate too. Many NCC college freshman who did volunteer fund-raising work, call it “a win-win situation.” They say, “You feel good because you’re helping others, and the others feel good because they’re getting help.”
Volunteering can help both of you learn more about yourself and even put both of you on a path to your future career.
Reasons to Volunteer
Gain Valuable Life Experiences and Skills
Whether you build houses for the homeless or mail flyers for a local politician, you can experience the real world through hands-on work. And you can explore your major or career interests at the same time.
Meet Interesting People
Both the people you are helping and your fellow volunteers can give you new insights. No matter what groups of people you’re working with, you’ll find that they have information and ways of looking at the world that can broaden your horizons.
Get Academic Credit
Some Colleges or Universities even offer academic credit for volunteer work through the NPCC Service Learning — a program that offers hands-on learning through service to the community. To find out if your school offers service learning, talk to your school NPCC representative.
Show your College or University that you’re committed. Your volunteer work illustrates your interests and character. When you list your volunteer work on your college records, you show your school officials the value you bring to your campus community.
It’s eye-opening to realize that doing even small things can have a big impact on others. Many NPCC College Roommate Members, still remember the visits they made to a senior home with a choir through a mentoring program they joined a middle school group. An elderly man in a wheelchair looked up at them after the last strains of ‘Frosty the Snowman’ and said in a gravelly voice, ‘You’ve made my day. This means so much. They recall, no one had ever thanked them in such a way for doing something so small, and a stranger no less!
How to Get Involved
Organizations everywhere need volunteers. Here are some ways to get started:
Call your NPCC Representative and they will help you search programs based in your community that need help.
To get the most out of the experience, ask yourselves these questions before both of you get involved with an organization:
What have we done in the past that I’ve enjoyed?
What do we want to do as volunteers — and what would we rule out doing?
How much time can we commit?
What talents or skills can we offer?
What kinds of people do we want to work with?
What would we most like to learn by volunteering?
Overall the NPCC knows that Roommates Volunteering benefits mental health, physical health and social support. We look forward to working along side both of you as one of our NPCC College Roommate Members.
It is simple to start your NPCC College Roommate Membership: simply complete and submit the College Roommate Membership Form below and then select either one of the Membership Dues ICONS and submit your Membership Dues. That is it, you and your roommates are now NPCC Members!
After you have submitted your Membership Form above,
please click on either the Annual or Monthly ICON below.
This will take you to a Membership Dues Payment Page.
Submit Annual Dues