Volunteer Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

General
What is the VIP?
How do I sign up for the VIP?
How do I apply for Platinum?
What is the deadline to register for the VIP?
How many levels can I complete in one semester?
Is there a deadline to complete my level?

Winter 2023:
Can I volunteer without leaving my home?
Where can I find online professional development opportunities?
I did not get to pick up my certificate before you closed. How can I pick it up?

VIP Ceremony:
When will I get my certificate for completing a level of the VIP?
What happens if I cannot attend the VIP ceremony?
I have not picked up my certificate yet. How can I pick it up?

Requirements:
How do I know what the requirements are for my level?
Where can I find volunteer opportunities?
What is the Professional Development requirement?
How do I fulfill the Professional Development requirement?
How do I attend a ThinkTank?
When will the ThinkTank schedule for Winter 2023 be released?
What counts as a leadership development activity in the Gold level?
What are some ways to fulfill the leadership development activity in the Gold level?
I cannot get a signature from my volunteer organization on my VIP forms. What do I do?
Where can I access the VIP forms?
What happens if I am unable to meet the VIP requirements?


 

What is the VIP? 
The Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) is a program that works to recognize and encourage students to get involved in volunteer and leadership activities. Participants in the VIP will enter at the Bronze level, and ascend through Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The program is designed for volunteerism and self-awareness, as each participant progresses through their university careers. There are three core pillars of the Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP), GIVE, GROW, and GAIN. They represent the core requirements of the program: Volunteer Service, Career Development, and Self-Awareness.

How do I sign up for the VIP? 
The registration form to register for Bronze, Silver, and Gold can be found here. Platinum, however, requires a separate application and can be found here.

How do I apply for Platinum? 
To apply for Platinum, you will need to fill out an application and submit it to vip@mun.ca. For application details, click .

What is the deadline to register? 
The deadline to register for Bronze, Silver, or Gold in the Winter 2023 semester is February 10th, 2023. 

How many levels can I register for in one semester? 
You may register for one level per semester, with two exceptions. Bronze & Silver can be completed within one semester as well as Silver & Gold (2-semester option).

Is there a deadline to complete my level? 
The deadline for completion of each level is the last day of classes for the level you are registered for. The Winter 2023 Semester's deadline is April 6th, at 4PM.

Can I volunteer without leaving my home? 
Yes! Remote opportunities can be found on our website by clicking Here! However, if you would like to look out for new opportunities subscribe to our weekly email listserv by emailing us at svb@mun.ca!

Where can I find online professional development opportunities? 
Remote Professional Development opportunities can be found on our website by clicking Here! We also share new opportunities weekly through our email listserv. Sign-up for our Listserv by emailing us at svb@mun.ca.

I did not get to pick up my certificate before you closed. How can I pick it up? 
Our office is now open! If you completed VIP in 2019 0r 2020, 2021 your certificates are available for pick up in our office! If you are completing VIP in 2022 your certificates will be available for pick up in January 2023 at our ceremony! 


When will I get my certificate for completing a level of the VIP? 
Our office is now open! If you completed VIP in 2019 0r 2020, 2021 your certificates are available for pick up! If you are completing VIP in 2022 your certificates will be available for pick up in January 2023 at our ceremony!

What happens if I cannot attend the VIP ceremony? 
If you will not be in the St. John’s area at this time, we will work together to figure out a way to get you your certificate. We will seek information from you once we are closer to the ceremony next year.

I have not picked up my certificate yet. How can I pick it up? 
Our office is now open! If you completed VIP in 2019 0r 2020, 2021 your certificates are available for pick up in our office! If you are completing VIP in 2022 your certificates will be available for pick up in January 2023 at our ceremony!


How do I know what the requirements are for my level? 
All requirements for each level of the Volunteer Incentive Program can be found here!

Where can I find volunteer opportunities? 
Remote opportunities can be found on our website. Click ! However, if you would like to look out for new opportunities subscribe to our Listserv by emailing us at svb@mun.ca!

What is the Personal Development requirement? 
Any activity can be considered professional development as long as you are learning something that will help you grow and develop in some way. The person facilitating the session must also have some level of expertise in the subject.

What Professional Development activities do you recommend? 
This requirement can be fulfilled in many ways! For example, training sessions within your remote volunteer organization are more than acceptable. The SVB also holds SkillShare sessions that you can attend. The main focus of the PD is that you are able to learn and develop new skills; Thus, look for one that interests you the most! You can find available PD sessions here. We also have a weekly email listserv that you can subscribe to receive weekly PD opportunities. Just email us at svb@mun.ca and ask us to subscribe you!

How do I attend a ThinkTank? 
All ThinkTanks will be happening online and in person! A link will be made available for the various sessions and you would need to attend the ThinkTank applicable to your level. These links will be sent to you by email upon the release of the ThinkTank schedule.

When is the ThinkTank schedule for Winter going to be released? 
The Think Tank schedule will be released once the registration is closed. 

What counts as a leadership development activity? 
For this requirement of the Gold level, we are looking for participants to take on a role that would require them to develop -- and put in practice -- a set of leadership skills that they may have already started working on in the previous two levels. We also are looking for ways for students to become more involved and engaged with any group of their choice.

What are some ways to fulfill the leadership development activity? 
Some examples of leadership development activity are, Make Midterm Matter Lead, On the executive team for a club, society, resource center or community group, Memorial Ambassador, SVB Volunteer Assistant, Operation Lead for Welcome Week, Event Lead for a particular event (or series of events) in residence, etc.. If you are unsure if your activity would count towards leadership development, please chat with us about your opportunity!

I cannot get a signature from my volunteer organization on my VIP forms. What do I do? 
If you are unable to get a signature please note this and make sure while filling out your forms, we require you to submit the organization’s contact information so that we can verify those hours with them.

Where can I access the VIP forms? 
VIP forms can be found here.

What happens if I am unable to meet the VIP requirements? 
We at the SVB understand that some academic or nonacademic commitments take precedence over the Volunteer Incentive Program. If you are unable to complete the requirements, no worries! You are more than welcome to reapply for your VIP level during the following semester.