Opportunity to help other students in need of assistance
Receive Credit for Volunteer Hours. You will receive credit for each hour of class
you note-take, so you can typically earn from 40 to 60 hours a semester
Build a report and relationship with professors you agree to volunteer note-take with
How to become a volunteer?
Most professors will ask for volunteers for students that have a note-taker accommodation.
You may see these notifications via your student email (@usm.edu) or Canvas or mentioned
by your professor in class. If you wish to volunteer and your professor has not asked,
just reach out to your professor during their office hours or via email to inquire
if they need a volunteer note-taker for their class.
Unless instructed otherwise by your professor or ODA staff please upload your notes
by signing into myODA, which you will have access to after you complete the Online Application for Volunteer Note-takers. Once a class is assigned to you by ODA staff, you may upload your notes to this
site throughout the semester. The student who needs them will receive an email notification
each time you upload notes to the site.
If you experience technical difficulty uploading your notes to myODA, please contact ODA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601.266.5024.
What are my responsibilities as a volunteer?
Upload clear and concise notes weekly. NOT just before a quiz or test for the class
or when prompted.
If hand-writing notes, they should be written clearly and in blue or black ink. When
uploaded, they should still be easy to read.
Any note-taker that is found to be continuously late or completely fails to submit
their notes, will NOT be rewarded volunteer hours.
How do I receive my community service hours?
At the end of the semester, please contact us for your community service hours.
You will receive an official letter from our office that outlines the number of hours
you completed as a volunteer note-taker. The USM Center for Community Engagement can process these letters if need be.
Hours are determined by calculating the number of hours the class was in session.
If you did not sign up via our website, we will need to confirm with your professor
that you took notes.