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Volunteer community service gives students the opportunity to put classroom learning into action, to develop leadership skills, and to build their personal and professional networks.  Participating in volunteer service shows potential employers that a student cares about the world beyond himself or herself.  

 


Are you new to the Pittsburgh area?  Are you unfamiliar with the City, Moon Township and the region? Volunteer community service will introduce you to new places and new people, as well ass causes about which you can feel passionate.  As you work side by side with community members addressing pressing social issues, your network of friends will grow, as will your sense of place and belonging.


One of the main objectives of the RMU experience is to develop students into engaged life-long learners. Students learn both in and out of the classroom. Community service facilitates learning by encouraging students to step out of their comfort zones and immerse themselves in challenging situations. Volunteering can change students in profound ways, as it fosters individual growth. 


In 2009, RMU launched the Student Engagement Transcript (SET) - to accompany the academic transcript.  The SET allows potential employers to see the accomplishments of the applicant outside of the classroom. SERVICE is one of seven categories on the SET. When a student completes 30 hours of document-ed and approved community service while at RMU it will go on the SET. The Alternative Spring Break program and Big Brothers Big Sisters - mentoring at-risk children at the Mooncrest Afterschool Program - are but two examples that will meet the SET requirements. Click here to learn more!


Congratulations to RMU 2019 graduate Rudy McBride for volunteering 80+ hours with NorthSide Youth Athletic Association over his RMU career, and to RMU's chapter of Best Buddies, which donated 800+ hours in 2018-2019 to those with intellectual developmental disabilities. Both were recognized at the Student Excellence Reception. Sara Babinsack, President of RMU's chapter of Best Buddies, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. 





Left to Right: Rudy McBride, Sara Babinsack