Phonathon training for University of the Incarnate Word students that will lead to community service hours and possibly paid jobs will be conducted Fridays in September, the administrator said.
If interested, students should call Phonathon Coordinator Patrick Greener of UIW’s Development Office so he can get some feel for their telephone skills.
The Phonathon begins Saturday, Oct. 3, and goes through Oct. 14 in Room 126 of the Joyce Building, Greener said. However, training will be conducted in the McCracken House where Greener is stationed.
Participating students can “make friends, win prizes, learn valuable job skills and possibly land a job,” Greener said, adding that the best callers will be hired at $8.25 an hour to continue calling UIW alumni through November and next spring.
AT&T has loaned UIW 50 phones for the Phonathon, the proceeds of which goes for student scholarships, new faculty positions, campus activities and to improve classroom technology, Greener said.
The Phonathon is critical because UIW has to rely solely on gifts made from individuals, businesses and private foundations, he said.
“The 92 percent of current students receiving scholarships should know that complete strangers believe in them and are investing in helping them fulfill their dreams,” Greener said. “When the money runs out, the students will need to take out school loans. This is a great opportunity to pay-it-forward and to personally thank these donors.”