It’s been an interesting and fun challenge for the Volunteer Center team as we balance social media outreach with logistical planning for Volunteer Day follow-up tasks and future events. These include event coordinating for community service projects, campus partnerships for programs, constant web development, working with students, hiring new members of the team, and scurrying around to find sponsors for the Volunteer Center and Volunteer Day 2011. As the UCLA Volunteer Center continues to grow in its efforts to promote civic engagement through our website and our social media channels, we wanted to provide a way to both grow in our outreach and online impact and allow students to become more directly involved in some of the social media and web initiatives by the Volunteer Center.
We’re happy to report that in the past six months:
- We’ve watched our Facebook fans grow from 337 active users to well over 1500.
- Our foursquare followers have grown from a modest 2 users to 175 users with minimal promotion outside of foursquare.
- We’ve been able to learn a ton from leaders in the Twitter-sphere regarding how to engage our community of Twitter followers
Although we’ve been receiving such positive responses from many of our users, there is so much more we want to do and so much more that we know we can provide for our UCLA family and friends. We’re always looking for new ways to engage our audience, which includes distributing meaningful content to our users via different social media channels on a more consistent basis. With so many new ideas in store and so much enthusiasm for the new year, we want to provide an opportunity for students to share their ideas and work more closely with the Volunteer Center team through our Social Media Internship Program. So if you’re passionate about web technologies or reaching out through various forms of media to promote important causes, you can learn more about the internship program here!