The organization Students Helping Others Through Service at Purdue University focuses on volunteer activities within the surrounding area to support those in need, such as veterans, young children, the disabled and the homeless. The organization coordinates aid efforts and outreach amongst the student body to help improve the quality of life for the residents of the community and beyond.
The main purpose of the Students Helping Others Through Service organization is to help teach students about the importance and positive effects of volunteering, including the need to provide help to others in need. The group offers its members opportunities to work at hospitals, shelters and educational programs to give back to the community without accepting payments or compensation for the time. In many cases, the organization focuses on state and county organizations that only receive funding from private donors or federal grants and thus do not always have the appropriate means to pay for staffing.
By volunteering, the organization hopes to teach students about dedication by developing a commitment to the charities and aid programs. As each entity functions in a different capacity, students also gain varying amounts of experience in numerous fields, such as health care, child development, public policy and social responsibility. The students complete a wide range of tasks according to the needs of each organization, including filing paperwork, data entry, cleaning public areas and providing interaction with children and the elderly.