More than 600 Victoria University students and staff have registered to volunteer their time and skills in dozens of community projects when V4U Day returns on Friday 14 October.
“V4U Day is an innovative way for us to give back to the community after 100 years of supporting the growth of our university since its beginning as Footscray Technical College,” says Naomi Dempsey, Director Customer Service and Student Communications.
“The aim of V4U is to strengthen our relationship with our community as a sign of our appreciation for their support of the university.
It also fosters the value of giving back among our students, and we see this when our students continue their relationships with their project organisation after V4U Day.”
The staff and student volunteers will be assigned a variety of jobs at 30 organisations. Much of the work is physical, such as gardening at schools and aged care homes and working at the urban nature park and wetlands, Newells Paddock. Others will help out with administration, work with young people and the elderly or lend a hand at an all-abilities sports day.
“V4U is a great platform to use your skills to give back to the community”, says repeat volunteer Tuli Serra.
“It helped me grow and develop my leadership skills.”
V4U participants receive credit toward student leadership qualifications. All equipment and materials required for the projects are funded by Victoria University and the large program of event management is resourced by the Student Life team which includes “students as staff” participating in experiential learning programs at the University.