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.
- 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 is the act of educating or promoting 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.
- Service work done with a grassroots or community organization that does not fall under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit/governmental organization category but has the overarching goal to promote a cause, challenge an issue, or challenge policy.
- Examples: Making signs, attending rallies, interpreting, canvasing, or petitioning
- Activism Donations
- Any donation (monetary or non-monetary) that is given to a grassroots or community organization that does not fall under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit/governmental organization category but has the overarching goal to promote a cause, challenge an issue, or challenge policy.
- Examples: Money, food, water bottles, clothing, etc.