Be a Volunteer
An Informational Brochure from the
Office for Students with Disabilities
Division of Student Affairs
BENEFITS OF BEING A VOLUNTEER
- Satisfaction of helping others
- Volunteer hours can be put on your college transcript
- Increase self-esteem
- Make new friends and learn about different life experiences
- Improve interpersonal skills
- Notetakers find their notes improve when they know someone else will benefit from them
- Volunteer hours can be used as service points for campus organizations
- Volunteer experience looks good on your resume; it impresses potential employers
- Gain work experience and make contacts for future employment with the University
The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at FAU has a unique volunteer system. Students who volunteer their efforts as Volunteer Notetakers are able to have their time input recorded on their university transcripts as Volunteer Hours. These Volunteer Hours can be impressive to future employers. For students who are involved with campus organizations, volunteer time can count towards Service Points. Please ask our office staff how to register with the Volunteer Center so you can begin earning Volunteer Hours or Service Points.
TYPES OF VOLUNTEER JOBS
Notetaker: Take comprehensive lecture notes for hearing impaired, physically impaired, or learning disabled students.
Tutor: Provides one-to-one and small group tutorial assistance in various subjects to students with varying disabilities.
Scribe: Writes down information dictated by a visually impaired, physically impaired, or learning disabled student.
Reader: Reads textbooks and library research materials on tape for visually impaired and learning disabled students. Can be done in the privacy of your own home, with flexible hours.
AT Lab: Provides one-on-one training for assistive technology and equipment.
Research Assistant: Assists in the use of library databases and retrieving books, journals, and articles for visually impaired and physically impaired students.
BE A VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are always welcome! We would love you to come and help us. Volunteers help in every aspect of our department, from notetaker to tutor to research assistant. Any hours that you can contribute will be appreciated. We will work around your schedule.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The Office for Students with Disabilities in Boca is open:
- Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In Davie, the office is open:
- Monday & Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In Jupiter, the office is open:
- Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Come in to inquire about volunteer opportunities and give us a schedule of your availability.
METHOD FOR DELIVERY OF NOTES
Notes can be duplicated by using NCR paper (no carbon required), the copier in OSD, or send via fax or email. No cost is incurred by the volunteer notetaker.
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Complete an OSD Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet and submit a copy of your printed class schedule each semester.This will allow us to match you with students in your classes who need a notetaker. You may volunteer for tasks other than notetaking on the Sign-Up Sheet and list hours of availability.
- Volunteers that are matched with a student will be provided a Record of Volunteer Hours form to log your volunteer hours. For example, you will receive volunteer hours for each hour that you spend in class as a notetaker.
- On the Record of Volunteer Hours form, complete the Date column for each time you volunteered or the date of a class for which you are supplying notes. Record the amount of time you volunteered or the length of your class in the Hours column. If the class is 50 minutes long, enter one hour. Leave the Location and Client Signature columns blank and bring it periodically to an OSD employee to sign.
- Thank you for being a volunteer!
“Volunteering is my way of giving back to society and knowing that my services will benefit others.”
-Margot S., Music Performance and Business Administration major
“Ever since I became a notetaker, I’ve realized that it helps me to organize my studying better and also to avoid waiting until the last minute to prepare for a test. I’m also helping other students.”
-Eugene R., Pre-med major
“Volunteering is to help someone… to help someone is to have more purpose in life.”
-Asal A., Biology and Education double major
“Being a notetaker has improved my grades and has given me the opportunity to help others.”
-Juliana C., Art History major
“The opportunity to volunteer one’s time and skills to those in need is an honor that provides unparalleled rewards.”
-Ryan S., Biology Graduate student