Gators for Good
Rise to the Challenge!
The Brown Center for Leadership and Service wants to inspire University of Florida students to be change agents by serving their hometown community or the Gainesville community during these unfamiliar times. We are eager to be a resource for students who want to engage in community service virtually and provide guidance to those who feel more inclined to give back physically.
We Challenge you to complete 5 hours of service during Summer B!
After completing your service, submit your service hours here to receive a Certificate of Completion.
What's your Service Superpower?
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and serve your community at UF, the greater Gainesville area, or even abroad. But maybe you're not quite sure where you can apply your unique skills. That's why we designed this little quiz to help identify your particular service "superpower".
What can Service do for you?
Interested in learning more about the benefits of service? Take a look at our workshops below and register to secure your spot. All workshops will take place through Zoom and log-in information will be sent to your UFL email address after completing the registration form.
Click here to register!
The Unexpected Benefits of Service
Thursday, July 16th, 11:00 am -12:30 pm
Have you ever wondered why service to others is labeled as a good deed? Yes, the community that you serve will indeed reap the benefits, but there is also lasting change within yourself. During this workshop, we will identify the intersection of wellness, service to others, and your future career goals.
Building Community: Establishing a Successful Service Opportunities
Tuesday, July 21st, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm
During this workshop, participants will be engaged in a discussion panel with community partners to help inspire ways to serve their hometown community and highlight ways to get involved with organizations in Gainesville.
Understanding the Impact of your Service
Tuesday, August 4th, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
We do not learn from doing; we learn from thinking about what we did. During this workshop, we will be discussing the importance of reflection during and after service. Real change will occur when you reflect on your actions and how it helped the organization you served. We will also discuss ways to translate learned experiences while volunteering to employment documents such as a resume.
Tips for finding a service opportunity:
- Determine your interest.
- Reflect on what you hope to gain from your volunteer experience.
- Verify the organization’s legitimacy.
- Determine your time commitment options
- Make contact
- Serve and record your involvement
Career Benefits of Service:
- Engagement in hands-on experiences in your community that can be included on your resume
- Enhanced understanding of yourself, including your values, interests, and strengths
- Exploration of academic interests and career options through your engagement with your local community members, service organizations, and current professionals
- Growth in your communication, teamwork, and leadership skills
- Expand your network that increases your access to future career development opportunities, including internships, co-ops, research, part-time employment, etc.
Wellness Benefits of Service:
- Be a #GatorforGood and help improve your wellness and the wellness of others! Volunteering has been shown to help individuals express their values, develop a stronger sense of purpose, and help with their spiritual wellness.
- Looking for a way to improve your sense of connection and work on your emotional wellness? Be a #GatorForgood and get in some service hours during Summer B to potentially help with these things!
- Research shows that when you focus on helping others, your mental health might improve.
- Want to think outside of yourself more and improve your self-esteem? Consider volunteering and being a #GatorforGood!
- There are numerous potential health benefits when you volunteer or serve others. What have you experienced when you’ve served?
Tag us in your posts of you providing a service to your community using the hashtag #GatorsforGood