September 02 2016
Community service is a graduation requirement at Elmira College. The 60-hour commitment can be completed at home or abroad, but many students fulfill their community service locally. During the 2015-2016 academic year, Elmira College students completed 15,780 hours of community service throughout the Southern Tier Region.
One student volunteering locally is Jordan Roblyer. He is completing his community service at the Chemung County SPCA Humane Society.
Let’s hear more from Jordan about his volunteer experience…
My name is Jordan Roblyer and Elmira, New York is my hometown. I am entering my senior year at Elmira College, pursuing a degree in History. While the Community Service Program may seem like just a graduation requirement to some people, I found my volunteer experience with the Chemung County SPCA Humane Society to be one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had in my community. Being a volunteer at the SPCA has allowed me to experience something that I always had an interest in, taking care of animals in need of care and compassion.
The Community Service Program provided me the opportunity to tend to the emotional and physical needs of animals that are surrendered by their former owners or rescued by the organization. The animals at the SPCA are in need of a real voice now more than ever before and I am proud to do my part to advocate for their needs.
While volunteering at the SPCA on the surface may not directly relate to my History major, my experience has allowed me to exercise and develop my personal values that will contribute to my workplace as a future employee. I have found that compassion and patience have been the most valuable skills to have while working inside the shelter with the dogs and cats. Compassion and patience are two extremely important skills to bring to any work environment. When volunteering, it is key to not lose sight of the fact that the animals we are working with may be going through one of the most stressful times of their lives. Dealing with the dogs and cats while they are experiencing hardship relates to the sensitivity needed in dealing with people undergoing similar emotional experiences in their lives.
I am happy to have used this opportunity to volunteer with the SPCA. I will continue to pursue this endeavor outside the 60-hour volunteer program.
Students can learn more about volunteer and service opportunities at the upcoming Community Service Fair on Friday, September 16, hosted by the Office of Career Services. To learn more, or highlight your community service experience, please contact Julie Fielding.