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Ram$ for Change

Ram$ for Change is a dynamic service-based program offering both volunteer and funding opportunities, depending on the type of participation.  This community engagement program aims to meet immediate community need and generate mutual understanding and support between Community Agencies (non-profits, government-based organizations, and CSU departments) and current CSU Rams.  Overall, Ram$ for Change offers a pre-packaged service experience for those seeking to create connections and make a quick and direct impact in the community. 

Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) with Student Organization Financial Accounts (SOFAs) participating in Ram$ for Change, can opt in to receive $20/CSU Volunteer, if their RSO Volunteer Team fulfills the service agreement and service hours are adequately completed.  RSO Volunteer Teams do not need to comprise exclusively of RSO members, but any CSU Ram may volunteer with this RSO Volunteer Team for the funds to still be transferred.  CSU Rams not in RSOs may also participate, only the additional funding is not available.

More information about this year’s Ram$ for Change will be released in the coming weeks!

CSU Volunteer Participation in Ram$ for Change

Service Projects:

  • 3 – 4 hours long, typically between 8AM – 5PM 
  • Assigned first-come, first-serve until community need is met
  • Participation is not guaranteed
  • Transportation is not provided
  • In-person, remote, or virtual service projects

Volunteer Teams:

  • Any group of 4 or more current CSU Rams (students/faculty/staff)
  • Need a Primary Team Leader & Secondary Team Leader (must be CSU students; cannot be faculty, staff, alumni, non-students, or off-campus personnel)

Solo Volunteers:

Not part of a Volunteer Team, but you still to want to participate in Ram$ for Change?  No problem! SLiCE is happy to have you join.  Please contact the SLiCE Community Support Team at slice_communitysupport@colostate.edu and complete a Ram$ for Change Volunteer Waiver by the respective Confirmation Form deadlines listed below.

Registered Student Organization (RSO) Funds:

RSOs with Student Organization Financial Accounts (SOFAs) participating in Ram$ for Change, can opt in to receive $20/CSU Volunteer, if their RSO Volunteer Team fulfills the service agreement and service hours are adequately completed.  RSO Volunteer Teams do not need comprise exclusively of members, but any CSU Ram may volunteer with this RSO Volunteer Team for the funds to still be transferred.

Every Volunteer Team needs all volunteers to complete a Ram$ for Change Volunteer Waiver before participating in a Ram$ for Change.  Only one waiver is required per Ram$ for Change Volunteer for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Waivers are always due by the Tuesday before the upcoming Ram$ for Change Service Day.  Waivers are required to participate; they are not just for receiving funds.

As the Primary Volunteer Team Leader (must be a CSU student), you have a bit of work to fulfill from beginning to end for your Volunteer Team to be able to successfully participate, and if planning on receiving funds from SLiCE, to earn.  However, the SLiCE Community Support Team is here to support you! Here’s a general overview of what to expect in this role:

 

  • Choose a Secondary Team Leader to support you.
  • Complete a “Service Day Confirmation Form” each time before an upcoming Service Day; sent to Team Leaders via email.
  • Attend Virtual Team Leader Training, each time before an upcoming Service Day. 
  • Ensure all volunteers in your Volunteer Team complete the Volunteer Waiver in advance.
  • Communicate with assigned Community Agency to confirm your Team’s participation.
  • Ensure volunteers complete any extra waivers asked by assigned Community Agency.
  • Abide by the Ram$ for Change Cancellation Policy and avoid penalization for the entire Volunteer Team, including the student organization if an RSO. (See below for the full policy.)

SATURDAY, March 26 – Volunteer with CSU’s Environmental Learning Center (9AM – 12PM)
All timelines and due dates below are adjusted to accommodate Spring Break.  They do not represent normal timelines for Ram$ for Change.

  • Confirmation Form Due By: Sunday, March 13
  • Last Day to Cancel Without Penalty: Wednesday, March 23
  • Team Leader Training: Monday, March 21 – Wednesday, March 23
  • Volunteer Waivers Due: Thursday, March 24

FRIDAY, APRIL 15 – Volunteer with SLiCE’s Project Homeless Connect (7:50AM-10:30AM or 10:30AM-1:30PM)

Class absence forms available for either shift. Volunteers do not all have to work the same shift as a team.  Funds are only available for volunteering for one 3-hour shift; funds do not double if a volunteer can do both shifts.
Confirmation Form Due By: Sunday, April 3

  • Team Leader Training: Monday, April 4 – Wednesday, April 6
  • Last Day to Cancel Without Penalty: Friday, April 8
  • Volunteer Waivers Due: Tuesday, April 12

How Funds Are Deposited & Service Agreements are Met

RSOs with Student Organizations Financial Accounts (SOFAs) will only receive funds for the number of waivers SLiCE receives online that also match the names and numbers confirmed by their assigned Community Agency on the Service Day.

  • When an RSO is assigned a Service Project, submits all required forms, and completes the assigned Service Project to the Community Agency’s satisfaction, then the service agreement is fulfilled, and funds are guaranteed and will be deposited into the RSO’s SOFA. 
  • SLiCE can typically transfer funds to an RSO’s SOFA in two weeks after the Service Day occurred.
  • Competitive Sport Clubs are equally eligible, only they need to provide their SOFA number with Campus Recreation to receive the funds.

What is a SOFA?  How do we get one?

SOFAs are available to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) for transactions supporting and enhancing the educational, cultural, and communal nature of the University.  Check out the RSO Handbook for a full description of a SOFA in how to open/close a SOFA with SLiCE, restrictions on SOFA spending, and more.  Or, contact the SLiCE Accounting Team at slice_accounting@colostate.edu for more support.

The Ram$ for Change Cancellation Policy only applies to Volunteer Teams who have submitted a Service Day Confirmation Form for an upcoming Service Day.

CANCELLATION WITHOUT PENALTY

Team Leaders should not submit a Service Day Confirmation Form if they do not have the minimum number of 4 CSU Rams to volunteer.  This is not an interest form, and it should only indicate true availability and intent to participate. 

Team Leader Training occurs after the Service Day Confirmation Form is submitted and before the “Last Day to Cancel Without Penalty” occurs and is when a Volunteer Team learns of their assigned Service Project.  It is assumed that the Volunteer Team Leader and Volunteer Team will move forward with the project, and complete all required tasks and forms, after Team Leader Training.  However, if they do not, they have until the “Last Day to Cancel Without Penalty” date to do so, otherwise, the following applies.

To cancel, contact SLiCE’s Senior Program Coordinator of Community Engagement, Sarah Stephens, at sarah.stephens@colostate.edu.

CANCELLATION PENALIZATION

Once the “Last Day to Cancel Without Penalty” transpires and SLiCE is not notified of a Volunteer Team’s cancellation of participation, this Ram$ for Change Cancellation Penalization applies.  

  • A Volunteer Team (if an RSO, the entire student organization) that fully cancels their participation within one week of their upcoming Service Day is penalized and may not participate the rest of the semester; and the Team Leader must meet with SLiCE’s Senior Program Coordinator of Community Engagement for further training; before being allowed to participate in Ram$ for Change in the future.  
  • A Volunteer Team (if an RSO, the entire student organization) leaves their Service Project earlier than agreed upon by their assigned Community Agency is penalized and may not participate the rest of the semester; and the Team Leader must meet with SLiCE’s Senior Program Coordinator of Community Engagement for further training; before being allowed to participate in Ram$ for Change in the future.  Additionally, no funding is provided by SLiCE, if this Cancellation Penalization applies to an RSO with a SOFA.
  • If the Volunteer Team Leader responsible for the Cancellation Penalization graduates, removes themselves from the role, or is removed by the Volunteer Team, the same still applies, though a new Volunteer Team Leader may take lead.  They will need to complete the Ram$ for Change Volunteer Team Leader Interest Form, notify SLiCE of this change, and together we will work to reintegrate this Volunteer Team back into Ram$ for Change as the semester suspension ends.

Community Agency Registration for Ram$ for Change

While Ram$ for Change offers service and funds (provided by SLiCE) to various CSU Ram Volunteer Teams, for Community Agencies (non-profit and government-based organizations) and CSU Departments, it offers a creative pathway to get CSU students to volunteer their time and energy for your immediate needs.  

All submitted volunteer requests are subject to review by the SLiCE office and volunteers are not guaranteed.  Though we cannot guarantee a match with a Volunteer Team (4 or more current CSU Rams), our Community Support Team will maintain communications with you once we receive your request form.  

Please note, if you are a Community Agency that SLiCE has not worked with before, SLiCE will review your organizational status via the Colorado Secretary of State website to ensure we are permitting not-for-profit, service-based organizations to participate.

VOLUNTEER TEAM LEADER INTEREST FORM:

A Volunteer Team Leader only needs to submit one interest form per Volunteer Team to be informed of upcoming Service Days/Projects. Best to submit ASAP to join the contact list!

VOLUNTEER WAIVER

Only one Volunteer Waiver is required per CSU Ram per academic year. Waivers must be submitted before an upcoming Service Day to participate.