What if I do not have a car?
We have several volunteer projects that happen right here at WCU. You can check out
our Volunteer Opportunity Directory and select that you only want to view agencies within walking distance of campus.
You can also take a look at our Walking Distance List to find an agency you can walk to or bike to from campus.
How much time do I have to commit to volunteering?
It depends on you and your schedule. Some students choose to volunteer on a weekly
or regular basis, such as tutoring a child or being a buddy to an elderly person.
Other volunteers participate in one-time events such as Relay for Life or decorating
downtown for the holidays. Whether you want to volunteer every week, one day a month,
or once a semester, we can help you find the right volunteer activity for you!
Do I need clearances to volunteer?
Some community agencies require volunteers to have clearances. If you plan to volunteer
regularly with children or elderly populations, you may need to obtain clearances
such as the ones listed below:
For more information about whether or not you will need clearances for a specific
volunteer opportunity, stop by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs
or contact the community agency.
How do I get an Off-Campus Community Service Federal Work Study position?
Students eligible for Federal Work Study may want to consider applying to be a Mentor
with the America Reads Youth Mentoring Program to receive funding while mentoring
local youth. If there is another community need you are interested in addressing through
your work as a FWS student, please contact
To find out more about Federal Work Study eligibility and requirements, please contact
the Schock Financial Aid Office.