If a student is under the age of eighteen, they will need an adult in the group to assist as the adviser or chaperone. When a group of students works with Group FUNdraising, they will officially become volunteers for Embrace Relief and for those who they are serving. Since the students will be immersed in the culture of the place they are fundraising for, they will have the opportunity to meet and interact with new people, experience a new way of life, and develop an appreciation for others.
This program goes beyond the students and Embrace Relief. It affects the vulnerable people they help, college application, job resumes, and the way they view the world. This is because when young people volunteer, others notice it. The people that partner with Group FUNdraising help some of the most vulnerable populations in the world who are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.
Furthermore, volunteering may also help students determine their career goals, refine skills, meet new people, and open doors for new opportunities. In addition, those who are 13-24 years old would be working alongside with the Congressional Award program. Those who are eligible will be able to be awarded Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals – depending on their amount of time put into volunteering and the set goals that are needed to be accomplished. It can boost their careers by allowing them to have previous experience that employers look for and expand one’s network.
As a nonprofit organization, not only can a group help us expand our purpose to others, but can be rewarded with volunteer hours while helping those in need. Working on a chapter demonstrates leadership, commitment, good time management skills, and being passionate highlights what type of student they are. As college admissions and the workforce become more competitive, volunteering through Embrace Relief will help students stand out among other applications. Lastly, volunteering can help students recognize their passions as well.
Because of the current COVID-19 situation, students are allowed to exchange a certain amount of donation into volunteer hours. $25 = 1 hour of volunteer, so we can help students curate their volunteer hours during this tough time.