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About

The Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement tracks and reports on community service hours and philanthropic giving for a variety of purposes:

  • To measure RIT's impact on the local community;
  • To provide departments, student organizations, and inidividual students with an opportunity to quantify their volunteering and philanthropic accomplishments; and,
  • To report overall involvement trends to students, administrators, alumni, and the public.

Key Definitions

  • Volunteer: 
    • An RIT students looking for ways to get involved with the Rochester community by offering their time and skills through one-time, short-term, or long-term service.
  • Community or Direct Service: 
    • Service involves unpaid hands-on work with an organizations, cause, or community in which a volunteer makes a connection between themselves, the skills they have to offer, and the needs of the community.
    • Servie is done WITH an organization.
    • Examples: Volunteering at a local soup kitchen, Pick up the Parks, Habitat for Humanity, painting a youth cetner, tutoring at a literacy program, disaster review at the Red Cross, walking a dog at the Humane Society.
  • Philanthropy (monetary or non-monetary donations):
    • Philanthropy is the act of helping through the giving of gifts, typically monetary in nature, to charitable or nonprofit organizations. 
    • Philanthropy also includes giving aid through the collection of materials FOR or on behalf of an organization. 
    • Examples: Relay for Life, donations to Goodwill, Mud Tug, food drives, PB & Jam, Heart Walk, 5K's for a cause, collecting prob dresses, toiletry drives.
  • Advocacy
    • Advocacy is the act of educating or promotion an organization or cause.
    • Advocacy is done FOR or on behalf of an organization or cause.
    • Examples: Wear Red Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Week, tabling with informaiton packets, informational sessions on mental health and wellness.