UPDATE: While the Honors Program is committed to community service, the pandemic poses too much risk and uncertainty.  We do not want to put students at risk so we are not requiring volunteering for the 2021-22 academic year.   We are reevaluating our policy for the future.

What is Volunteerism?

The use or involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services.

Why should I volunteer?

People worldwide volunteer for many reasons such as to help eliminate poverty, to improve health and education, environmental issues, assist those afflicted by natural disasters, and to combat violence against women and children, and many other reasons.  In any situation, the purpose is to contribute to the betterment and well-being of people, animals, and communities.

More than one billion people volunteer globally, playing a critical role in their communities.  Volunteerism focuses on values of solidarity, mutual trust and empowerment, and also creates a sense of belonging to the volunteer too.

Honors Program requires students volunteer 20 hours annually, which could be during the semester or summer and winter breaks.  You may volunteer at any location whether it is through United Way or elsewhere.  

United Way site to view many available volunteer opportunities and to record your hours from any volunteer location

United Way Instructions


Contact us
Honors Program
University of Maine at Farmington
125 Lincoln Street
778-7199
umfhonors@maine.edu