705 S. New Street
Lawrence Center, Room 241
West Chester, PA 19382
Thank you for your interest in becoming a community partner with West Chester University. We see community partners as co-educators who work directly with students to provide community service opportunities. These are usually non-profit agencies and/or governmental organizations. We take great pride in creating, maintaining, and sustaining reciprocal partnerships with outside organizations.
The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs recently launched a new tool that will allow community agencies to make their needs searchable to volunteers seeking opportunities.
Community partners can connect with the University in a variety of ways. We welcome the opportunity to consult with agencies about their needs to gain a better understanding of how we can best create a partnership that works for all stakeholders. Contact one of our staff to set up a consultation.
The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs assists faculty with creating partnerships with agencies for service-learning courses. Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines community service with curricular goals as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. These courses benefit both the provider and the recipient of the service.
These projects provide training, orientation, and supervision for students. Community partners will often times provide orientation and training to students during class sessions.
Creating a student orientation can build a collaborative work environment, increasing retention rates of volunteers and meeting the agencies goals of the work expected from students. View a list of best practices .
Each semester, WCU's Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs invites non-profit agencies to connect with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Volunteer Fair. The fall fair is taking place on Wednesday, September 21 in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Please RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 13th. The fair is free and registration is first come, first serve.
What should I bring? We suggest preparing a handout that includes your contact information and a position description about your volunteer opportunities. If possible, also bring a map or directions to your agency and note if you are within walking distance to campus or near a Septa route. A sign-up sheet for interested students, is also beneficial.
For more information contact Joellen Reindl.