Tips for Volunteers

Keep In Mind

  • If you’re unfamiliar with the organization you’re serving, try to learn about it before your service date.
  • Remember that you are representing yourself, your department or organization, and Rutgers when you volunteer.
  • Respect the culture of the organization you are serving. The organization’s staff has experience and expertise, so share any feedback in a thoughtful manner.
  • Dress appropriately for the activity you are doing. If you’re unsure about a dress code, ask your group’s coordinator or the agency’s contact person.
  • Some service projects may push you beyond your comfort zone. Keep an open mind, but don’t be afraid to voice concerns or questions.

Once on Site

  • Ask questions or for help if you are unclear about your assignment.
  • Introduce yourself and let others know you are from Rutgers.
  • Practice common sense.

Safety and Confidentiality 

  • If you are asked to do off-site service, bring someone along with you. Try to travel in pairs or groups.
  • If you feel you are being pushed beyond your skill level, depth of knowledge, or physical ability, or if you feel physically or emotionally unsafe, you can say “no.”
  • If you are working with children or agency clients of the opposite sex, make sure another adult is present.
  • If you are privy to personal information about service agency clients, be sure to keep it confidential.
  • Don’t share or exchange contact information with clients unless approved by the site supervisor first.

This list is not exhaustive and may not apply to all volunteer activities.