University of Southern Indiana

All About Volunteering

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Why volunteer?

Personal Benefits

  • Play an active role in the continued growth of USI, Indiana's fastest growing University.
  • Gain valuable work experience and networking opportunities that can benefit you in your search for employment.
  • Enjoy the privilege of interacting with many different people.
  • Feel self-satisfaction from sharing your time and talent to benefit others.

University Benefits

  • An annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner honors the service provided by all volunteers who have contributed at least 20 hours of volunteer service during the prior USI fiscal year. Volunteers will be recognized for 250, 500, 750 and 1,000+ total service hours.
  • Members of the email group receive regular emails informing them of volunteer opportunities in the community and at USI.

Tax Deductions

  • The IRS allows volunteers to deduct un-reimbursed expenditures made incident to the rendering of services to the University of Southern Indiana. Examples of deductible expenses include automobile mileage, bus and cab fares, parking and toll fees, special uniforms, telephone bills, entertainment and mailings. The IRS does not allow deductions for the value of volunteer time.
  • A complete description of federal deductions for volunteers can be found in IRS Publication #526, Deductions for Charitable Contributions

Time Commitment

One-Time Events
Often these events or projects involve groups of volunteers on a specific day, such as Assessment Day, the Varsity Club golf outing, Spruce Up or the Alumni picnic.

Short-term Assignments
Volunteers are needed to assist with specific projects that have a particular time frames. These can range from a few days to a few hours for a week to a month.

On-going Commitments
Those who have ample time to give can volunteer on a regular basis. Such commitments include library and tour guides, office assistance, readers and more.

After becoming a volunteer familiar with work needed, you can offer your time in other ways such as filling in for other volunteers or assisting with unexpected projects.

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