Ram$ for Change (formerly known as CSU Serves) is for Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and community agencies, and is coordinated by SLiCE. Ram$ for Change is for RSOs either looking to raise money or fulfill service hours. This program is ideal for RSOs wanting quick fundraising money, and are looking to bond with members and positively impact the community simultaneously.
Quick Information for RSOs:
- AMOUNT: RSOs receive $20/CSU student (RSO members and friends of RSO) who volunteers 2-4 hours of their time, if a project match occurs
- ELIGIBILITY: funding only available to RSOs with Student Organization Financial Accounts (SOFAs)
- Funding cannot be moved into a SOFA until an RSO is registered for the current 2019 – 2020 academic year.
- PERKS: this is the quickest fundraiser for RSOs at CSU; taking no more than 2 weeks for fundraising dollars to be deposited in RSO’s SOFA.
- Projects are filled on a first-come, first-service basis; until community need is met.
- RSOs can participate twice a semester for funding (but may participate as many times as they want for service hours).
- There is no minimum number of volunteers who can participate.
- Registration must be submitted 2 weeks before the upcoming designated weekend.
- Registration can occur once and early on, or before each designated weekend.
- Project matches between RSOs and community agencies are not guaranteed; they are based on the time of submission and availability of volunteers.
- Windows of time to participate on designated weekends are Fridays after 5 pm, or anytime on Saturday or Sunday.
- On the registration form, RSOs indicate their volunteers’ availability on the designated weekend; keep that availability open until SLiCE confirms a match.
- Volunteers can expect to work only 2 to 4 hours of time, over the course of the entire weekend.
2019 – 2020 Ram$ for Change Weekends:
Funding is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. If funding is exhausted early, certain spring dates will likely be canceled. Commit to the weekends you register for and share with student “volunteers” as early as possible.
- Weekend #1: Friday 9/27/2019 – Sunday 9/29/2019
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 9/15/2019 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 9/22/2019 at midnight
- Weekend #2: Friday 11/8/2019 – Sunday 11/10/2019
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 10/27/2019 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 11/3/2019 at midnight
- Weekend #3: Friday 12/6/2019 – Sunday 12/8/2019
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 11/24/2019 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 12/1/2019 at midnight
- Weekend #4: Friday 2/14/2020 – Sunday 2/16/2020
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 2/2/2020 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 2/9/2020
- Weekend #5: Friday 2/28/2020 – Sunday 3/1/2020
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 2/16/2020 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 2/23/2020
- Weekend #6: Friday 3/27/2020 – Sunday 3/29/2020
- Registration Deadline: Sunday 3/15/2020 at midnight
- Waiver Deadline: Sunday 3/22/2020
Questions? Please direct questions to Sarah Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ram$ for Change Cancellation Policy:
Once an RSO is assigned a Ram$ for Change project, the RSO is expected to complete the project by ensuring the number of students they signed up participate in the project on their assigned date and time. In extreme circumstances:
- An RSO may cancel more than 1 week in advance of the assigned project, without penalty.
- If an RSO cancels within 1 week of the assigned project, the RSO will be evaluated regarding further participation on a case-by-case basis.
- If an RSO cancels within 48 hours of their assigned project, the RSO will be removed from all future Ram$ for Change weekends in the current academic year and suspended from being able to participate in Ram$ for Change and will be re-evaluated the following fall semester.
- If a community agency cancels a project within 48 hours, the RSO will receive half of their anticipated funding despite not completing the project to make up for the inconvenience.
While Ram$ for Change offers registered student organizations fundraising money or service hours, for community agencies (non-profit and governmental-based organizations), it offers a creative pathway to get CSU students to volunteer their time for your needs.
Quick Information for Community Agencies:
- There are designated weekends, occurring three times a semester or until funding is exhausted. If funding is exhausted early, certain spring dates will likely be canceled.
- Registration can occur once and early on, or no less than 2 weeks before each designated weekend.
- Submitted projects can be a specific window of time for a specific event of yours or can be a random project that is more flexible and meets the availability of volunteers.
- Projects should be no less than 2 and no more than 4 hours of time for volunteers.
- Projects in the past include gardening/landscaping, donation/food sorting, and supporting volunteer operations at annual/fundraising events.
- Project matching is based on the time of the submission and the availability of volunteers.
- All submissions are subject to review by the SLiCE office and volunteers are not guaranteed.