Why Do Community Service?

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Why Do Community Service? 

Boost Your Resume
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.  

Bobby Catley (Class of 2016) organizes a bulk mailing for the "What's on Your Plate?" Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo
Connect to the Community

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.

Become an Active and Engaged Learner
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. 

Student Engagement Transcript

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 documented 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!