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MVP: Mountaineer Volunteer Program

The Mountaineer Volunteer Program (MVP) engages West Virginia University students through training, reflection and support from the Center for Service and Learning expert staff. The MVP program provides student volunteers with the opportunity to engage in creative activities to address the various critical aspects of student volunteer develop,” as stated by one student, “this training was the best training I’ve been to since being on campus and I could use this information in every aspect of my life.”Students in this program will address obstacles; such as understanding what are their personal hurdles that interfere with student interest in volunteering and how to recognize their personal strengths and areas of needed development, which will enhance their volunteer experience. Members are also given the first look at volunteer needs in the Morgantown area and will be informed of upcoming service projects that fit their interests. The MVP participants will also have a unique opportunity to be trained in service-based workshops, such as; defining service within the community, differences between service and philanthropy, professionalism, and logistics of service. These interactive workshops will allow student volunteers to be better informed of community needs and experience a feeling of confidence in their service skills.

Student Testimonials


“The thing I got from the Mountaineer Volunteer Program is a better sense of myself. I learned a little more about my strengths, my weaknesses, and how I operate around others. I learned that it is also of vital importance to communicate as effectively as possible. Be positive and nurturing, but also be honest and considerate. Make sure you can get your point across to others without forcing it. Effective communication is key to getting things done, especially in a group setting.”

Tyler Seidel-

“To be honest, when I was first told about the MVP Program, I didn’t expect much. I’ve

gone to some extracurricular trainings before and never really gained anything from my

experience, but this was completely different. Being able to sit down in a small group and work

with people to find ways to better yourself was really fun and enriching. Not only that but I feel I

genuinely benefitted from my experience. I learned more about myself and reshaped my idea of

service and how I can work with my community to better my community. I was able to

acknowledge what my own personal weaknesses are and focus on ways to overcome them, while

simultaneously finding ways to help others using my strengths. My experience with the MVP

program was enlightening, and if I’m being completely honest, I think it’s something that

everyone would benefit from being involved in.”

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