Special Requests

The Kernodle Center welcomes service requests from the community seeking individual or group volunteers for one-time or ongoing projects that may not be met by Academic Service-Learning Courses or current Kernodle Center programs and events. Such requests might broadly address constant needs such as tutoring, serving meals to the hungry, teaching English as a second language, or addressing a particular local social issue. Other requests might focus on one-time events, such as a Haw River clean up, Easter egg hunts, calling scores at Senior Olympics, or planning an event for elderly residents of a nursing home.
 
The Kernodle Center cannot guarantee a student response, but the we will make a request known by posting the opportunity on E-Net, Elon’s online news site, and through outreach to specific groups on campus. Students are then responsible for contacting any partner with whom they would like to work.
 
Please consider the following when making a special request:
  • Our Center gives priority to requests from non-profit organizations in Alamance County, in order to have the most suitable and logistically supportive relationships.
  • The best time for your non-profit organization to submit a request is prior to the start of a given semester. January and August often serve as planning months; submitting requests at those times gives the Kernodle Center more time to plan a way to recruit volunteers for event(s).
  • If students will require training from your organization, please make sure to mark that requirement on the special request form. If volunteers will be working with children in any capacity, please note that, as they will require training from the Kernodle Center.
  • Although it is preferable to receive requests as early as possible, they must arrive in the Kernodle Center office at least 2-3 weeks prior to the service event date(s).
  • Students will contact organizations directly so the organization may monitor how a specific need is met.
  • It is helpful to keep a list of responding students handy to contact directly in the future should needs arise.
  • Individual organizations, not Elon or the Kernodle Center, are responsible for volunteer insurance.
  • Requests must be agency-based. The Kernodle Center will not post requests for individual needs in the home, such as caretakers and drivers.

How to Make a Request

Three-to-six weeks before an event (or events), determine the specific need, including dates, times, and number of volunteers required. Be sure to clearly define the responsibilities of the volunteer and determine a date by which you need a response. Open the special request form, fill it out and email it to us.  If you encounter any problems, please contact our office.