Throughout our College's history, we have endeavored to develop caring and compassionate healthcare professionals. Today's 21st century healthcare provider must be prepared to understand the attitudes, beliefs, and health behaviors of diverse populations, and appropriately respond with culturally competent patient-centered care.
Your journey toward cultural competence begins during your first semester through volunteer and classroom activities designed to help you develop an awareness and knowledge of other cultures. During successive semesters, your volunteer activities combined with classroom instruction will help you build your cultural knowledge and skills, preparing you to practice your cultural competence skills during an immersed service learning experience.
Volunteer requirements may vary depending on your program and the degree you are seeking. Please consult the newest edition of the Volunteer Handbook and the Approved Volunteer Community Service Agencies List for the requirements you will be expected to meet.
Throughout the year, information on specific volunteer projects will be made available via email. Many of these projects are sponsored by Cabarrus College clubs and student organizations.
College Volunteer Opportunities
All associate degree, baccalaureate and diploma programs have a volunteer community service requirement. A new Volunteer Program was implemented in the Fall of 2010 for new students beginning a program at that time. Students enrolled before Fall 2010 who are graduating in May 2011 and all ADN students graduating in December 2011 will follow the previous Volunteer Program.
Clubs and Organizations that offer Volunteer Opportunities
Many of the clubs and organizations offered at Cabarrus College provide opportunities to meet this volunteer requirement.
- Cabarrus College Association of Nursing Students (CCANS)
- Medical Assistant Student Organization (MASO)
- Student Occupational Therapy Assistant (SOTA)
- Surgical Technologist Students Association (STSA)
- Christian Student Union (CSU)
- Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (ΦΘΚ)
- Lambda Nu National Honor Society (ΛΝ)
How to Volunteer and Track Hours
- Select an agency listed in the Volunteer Handbook (see Appendix A - Approved Volunteer Community Service Agencies). You must select an agency from this list unless otherwise stated by your instructor. If you are enrolled in an online program and do not live within the College's service area, consult with your program chair to identify comparable agencies within your community.
- Seek approval from instructor. Some academic programs and/or courses may have specific volunteer requirements for their students. Please reach out to your instructor before signing up for a volunteer opportunity to ensure that the site will meet your program’s requirements.
- Call the agency to volunteer. Whenever you contact an agency, identify yourself as a Cabarrus College student. While on site, keep in mind that you are serving and representing the good works of the College, and must act in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.
- Complete the Volunteer Community Service Verification Form. Each semester, complete the Volunteer Community Service Verification form and return it to your instructor no later than Monday of week 15 (see Form A in the Handbook). This form must be filled out completely and include a signature of an agency representative. Your grade will not be finalized and you will not be able to progress to the next program course until this form has been submitted and verified.
- Create "Pro Bono Record" in SonisWeb.
To create a "Pro Bono Record" in SonisWeb, please take the following steps once you are logged in:
- Click on the "Pro Bono" icon located at the top of the screen.
- Click on the "Add" button.
- Enter "Organization" and "Supervisor" names.
- Enter the number of Volunteer Community Service Hours completed at this location. If you did not complete all 5 of your Volunteer Community Service Hours for the same organization, you will need to add an additional experience.
- Hours should represent the number of hours provided.
- Start date should indicate the date you began your experience.
- Stop date should indicate the date you completed the hours of your experience. You can have the same "Start" and "Stop" date.
- Click the "Submit" button to record your experience.
- The final step in the process is to accept the terms and conditions by clicking the check box and "Submit" at the bottom of the page. Today's date now appears next to the checkbox.