In honor of National Volunteer Month, the Center for Civic Engagement would like to give a round of applause to our student volunteers for all their work supporting the CCE’s mission to increase active citizenship on and off campus at Hofstra. CCE Volunteers are members of our team who work on any initiatives that fit their interests and schedule. With the broad range of societal themes we address and the various roles that student volunteers can play, there’s something for everyone and every major. To catch up with our volunteers, we asked two students who have been active this semester about their experience volunteering with us.
Nina Nwade is a second-year Business Management major who found her place volunteering with CCE through our partnership with the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce. Since joining, she has helped fulfill the Chamber’s mission to promote local businesses and increase economic development in Hofstra’s neighboring community of Uniondale. Nina says, “I really enjoy working with the Chamber of Commerce because it has increased my interest in being a part of the business world, especially nonprofits. While I had mostly planned to work in corporate, volunteering with the Chamber has helped me realize the great impact of nonprofit organizations on the community and helped me realize that it is a field that I would like to explore further on.” Nina is currently working on branding and gathering business data for the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce, and she is interested in continuing this work as the Chamber grows.
Mehak Gupta is a first-year graduate student pursuing her Masters in Health Administration and currently volunteering with the CCE. An international student from India, Mehak recently spoke at this year’s Globalization Day panel, “Can You See the Rainbow From Where You Are?” weighing in on the issue of LGBTQ+ justice on an international scale. Her account of the conditions for these communities in her own country helped spark an extremely insightful round-table conversation among students from diverse nations and sexual orientations. She plans to expand her involvement in CCE off-campus by assisting in the funding efforts of our community partners: “I am really looking forward to the grant application process… if you love to volunteer, then CCE is the place to be.”
A big thanks goes out to our volunteers for contributing their time and talents to CCE initiatives. We welcome students from any and all academic backgrounds to find out what they can gain from volunteering with CCE. To find out how to start volunteering, visit our website or CCE’s Facebook page for updates on CCE meeting times and current initiatives.