Department: Community Service-Learning
Hourly Rate: $8.00
Employment Type: Federal Work-Study

Is this program right for you?
  • Do you enjoy working and contributing to the local community?
  • Can you commit to at least one semester of service?
  • Are you able to be punctual and show up at your assigned agency at the pre-arranged time each week?
  • Will you be available to attend a pre-service orientation session and ongoing training sessions?
  • Can you maintain regular communication with agency supervisor?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then the program is right for you!

What will Community-Based Work-Study students do?
Harrisonburg and the surrounding counties have experienced tremendous growth over the past 5 years. With growth, there is increased need for creative and expanded services from the non-profit sector. Various non-profits offer positions to students interested in contributing to the community. All of these opportunities are off-campus. Some require personal transportation. Others can be accessed by public transportation or are within walking distance.
How will Community-Based Work-Study students be chosen?
Selection will be based upon:
  • Eligibility as a Work-study grant recipient. Student must present financial aid award letter stating eligibility for federal work study prior to submitting an application.
  • Completion of an application and all paperwork and you must not begin working until a contract with Community Service-Learning has been signed OR you will not be paid for the hours worked.
  • Participation in a pre-placement orientation session
  • Ability to commit to the responsibilities of an employee in the non-profit agency
  • Desire to positively contribute to the community
How will students be placed?
The placement of students will be based upon each student's availability, needs of the participating agencies and transportation consideration.
Where are the non-profit agencies?
Currently, we have partnerships with agencies in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City.
How much time will be required?
Students determine how much they would like to work based upon their award and school schedule. However, they must commit to the same number of hours each week. Agencies depend on a consistent and regular schedule. Hours include work at the agency and required monthly training sessions. In general, students can expect to devote approximately 6 to 10 hours per week. Ten (10) hours per week is the maximum a student can work.
How will the students be paid?
The rate of pay is $8.00 per hour. Students are only paid for actual hours worked. This will include all orientation and training sessions, team meetings, and in-school tutoring hours. Payment will be made according to terms established by the Federal Work-Study Program.
Sample Job Positions:
  • Program support and basic tutoring skills with children of all ages as well as multi-cultural youth. Also includes recreational activities, art and crafts, music, etc.
  • Office assistant with agency assisting families in search of child care.
  • Administrative and program support in a legal setting.
  • General support of childcare programs, clerical, detailed database, and recreational activities.
  • Program assistant working with children and adults with disabilities and special educational needs.
  • Administrative support in a medical setting.
  • Program and office support with a residential transition program for adults.
  • Office assistant/recreation assistant in a recreational setting for children and adults.
  • Program assistant working with immigrants in the valley dealing with emotional, social and cultural needs. Some knowledge of Spanish is required.
  • Various office type positions ranging from general office duties to specific, very detailed database entry as well as website design.
  • Recreational assistants to work in a recreational atmosphere OR in an elderly agency setting.
  • Store assistants working with general public - which could also include some light office type work.
  • After school program assistants for grade school and/or teen-age students.
  • Wellness center assistant for retirement community and/or nursing care facilities.

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