Volunteer Opportunities

Hesston College offers a vigorous academic experience to more than 450 students from the U.S. and 13 other countries. It also maintains a strong sense of community in which students find nurture, encouragement, and support. A competent faculty and staff are key ingredients in the provision of opportunities for spiritual and social development along with the academic core.

Acting on a conviction of long standing, the college is implementing a program of involving volunteers whose service will complement the work done by employed staff, and thus add to level of satisfaction experienced by students. In part, this conviction is based on the belief that in our local service area, an increasing number of retired or semi-retired persons reside who have life experience and time available that would enable them to enhance the level of service to the campus community.

The following summary columns give an outline of tasks or assignments. If you identify one or more areas in which you have experience, training, and/or interest, you are invited to respond by e-mail to Bill Zuercher (see details at the linked headings – Academic, Transportation, etc. – below).

Academic
  • Read textbooks onto audio tape
  • One-on-one tutoring
  • Group tutoring
  • Guest lectures in classes
Transportation
  • Drive college vehicles for student pick-ups or errands
Hosting
  • Offer home stay for international students during break periods
  • Offer overnight accommodations for college guests
Special Events–On and Off-campus
  • Be on call to help set up and serve at special events
  • Assist with Spring Break or weekend service opportunities off campus
Food Service
  • Kitchen assistant
  • Snack shop assistant
  • Supervise student dishwashing crew
  • Clean coffee machines
Archives
  • Identify and categorize photographs
  • Affix labels on church blueprints
  • Transfer file contents into folders
Bible and Ministry Department
  • Miscellaneous duties connected to annual Anabaptist Vision & Discipleship conference
  • Monitor book table
  • Organize audiotapes
Library
  • Complete a “shelf read”
  • Affix “security target” stickers in noncurrent periodicals
  • Unpack, organize, and clean archival materials
  • List outdated but valuable books for eBay sale
  • Dusting of shelves and washing interior windows
Maintenance/Facilities/Grounds/Housekeeping
  • Daily mail pickup and delivery
  • Monthly checking of emergency lighting
  • Flower bed maintenance
  • Quality control of cleaning in gymnasiums
Bookstore
  • General assistance on Opening Weekend
Clerical
  • Assist with preparation for mass mailings
  • Receptionist in Student Life office
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
  • Grounds maintenance (adopt a prairie garden)
  • Greenhouse work – watering, transplanting, (spring & fall), seed cleaning
  • Fold newsletter (3 times a year)
  • Snow removal
  • Make labels
  • Help with special events
  • Staff gift shop
  • Market use of facilities
  • Help with children’s activities
Nursing Department
  • Assist in campus nursing laboratory
  • Meet with prospective students