Making a difference: UCC volunteers beat the stats

17 Dec 2018

New research launched in UCC shows that 46% of UCC students volunteered with local community organisations, clubs and campus groups in the last six months.

Ian Power, a UCC Graduate and Executive Director of, Ireland’s leading youth information website, said that during his time in UCC: 

“[This learning experience has followed me into my life today, and I greatly appreciate the opportunities UCC gave me to get involved and contribute to the world around me.”

Over 2,000 students were surveyed from March to June 2018. Only 9% of respondents said that they had never volunteered with a huge 85% saying they aimed to volunteer after college. 

The research also shows that 32% of UCC’s student volunteers contribute over 10 hours a month to volunteering. 

There is no greater satisfaction than realising you have made a difference...”


UCC student Vera Stojanovic, the founder and coordinator of BetterTogether, a not-for-profit organisation working to empower women seeking asylum in Cork City and County, said that: 

There is no greater satisfaction than realising you have made a difference, no matter how small, to the life of someone else. Giving your time to help others is giving a piece of yourself [..].”

*Published by the Student Support Team, International Office.

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