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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
715 S. New St.
Commonwealth Hall, Lower Level
Enter at Student Health Services
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

About Us

Mission Statement and Goals

The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships and empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

To achieve this mission, the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs:

  • Partners with a wide array of non-profit and governmental agencies, faculty, staff, and student clubs, organizations, and athletic teams
  • Facilitates academic and co-curricular community service and service-learning programs that engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members
  • Disseminates information about service-learning, resources, and professional development opportunities
  • Consults with faculty to incorporate service-learning opportunities into specific courses and programs of study
  • Collaborates with all parties to ensure quality learning experiences and positive impact in the community
  • Manages service-learning data and facilitates assessment

Faculty and Staff

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Joellen Reindl

Administrative Assistant of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Joellen Reindl joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in February 2013.  Joellen is a dedicated advocate for the students of WCU.  She is the primary contact and clearinghouse for staff, faculty, students and community organizations seeking assistance from the department.  She advises students in helping them align with volunteer opportunities either for a course requirement, resume building, or possible internship.  Joellen works extensively with all the financial aspects of the department and each program offered to the students.  She is a thoughtful, conscientious, attentive, and friendly source to everyone with whom she works bringing the goal of student success to fruition.

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Catherine Pilling

CCNYPA AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Resource Pantry Coordinator

Catherine joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in July 2018.  She graduated from West Chester University in December of 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.  Throughout her time as a student, Catherine enjoyed volunteering both on and off-campus through organizations like Circle K, the Ronald McDonald Camp, and Alpha Kappa Delta.  Most recently, she interned for the nonprofit, Profugo, researching and writing grants.  Catherine is looking forward to continuing the growth of the Resource Pantry, working with students as well as campus and community organizations, and helping to ensure the Pantry’s sustainability for years to come. 

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Shannon Gillespie

Interim Assistant Director, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs

Shannon joined the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs in October of 2017 as a Graduate Assistant focusing on the Alternative Break Program. In December 2018, she was promoted to Interim Assistant Director and now oversees the America Reads Youth Mentoring Program and various co-curricular service initiatives. Shannon is a alumna of West Chester University where she received both her Master's Degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs in 2019 and her Bachelor's Degree in English and Philosophy in 2017.  Shannon is enthusiastic to continue creating a culture of service at her alma mater and engage students in meaningful experiential learning opportunities.


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Annual Report

The annual report aims to provide a summary of both the department-led efforts, as well as community engagement initiatives reported to the department by faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs promotes community engaged learning experiences that address critical community needs by building mutually beneficial partnerships with non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, while empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

 

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