The Office of Service and Community Engagement oversees and supports NDMU’s mission to “engage in service to others” and “promote social responsibility” through extra-curricular volunteerism and service-learning coursework. The office is also home to Omega Phi Alpha (OPA), a national service sorority, and the Bonner Leaders Program, a national scholarship program for students who go above and beyond in service, civic engagement, and leadership.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Service at NDMU:
Service or volunteer opportunities can be with non-profits, government programs, schools, churches, or just a group of people trying to meet the needs of their community. There are traditional volunteer opportunities like serving meals or tutoring, but you can also flex your service muscles through philanthropy, advocacy, and activism!
Notre Dame of Maryland University has several Community Partners and works with many more organizations through Baltimore, Maryland, the United States, and beyond.
Yes! If completing service off-campus, please fill out the Liability Waiver form BEFORE engaging in the service. Here is a link to the online form and it can be found in the resources section.
We love that! Consider referring to our Service Planning Guide for a more in-depth guide on steps you should take when planning for a service event. Once you have your event planned, promote it via the Student Engagement 7 Day Forecast, through Departmental newsletters, or through other NDMU groups.
The Covid-19 pandemic helped to further develop ways to give back and volunteer virtually. NDMU has compiled a list of virtual service opportunities here.
NDMU tracks volunteer, service-learning, and engagement hours through MobileServe. You can create an account through the app or the website. For more detailed instructions on how to register and other MobileServe FAQ, click here or go to the resources page.
Engaging in service to others, building inclusive communities, and promoting social responsibility are all tenets of NDMU’s mission. Service is the bedrock of our institution, and it is vital that our community members further this legacy. The Office of Service and Community Engagement strives to foster this culture as well as support NDMU community members to be a part of this.
For 2021, the current estimated national value of each volunteer hour is $28.54 (source: Independent Sector). Service and volunteerism contributes to priceless good and community building, but it is important to know what your work translates to in dollar amount.