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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Community Partners

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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

Community Partners

Students with a Community Partner

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.

Add Your Agency to Our Directory!

Getting Started

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.

Collaborate with a Service-Learning Course

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 an Orientation for Student Volunteers

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 .

Volunteer Fair

Each semester, WCU's Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs invites non-profit organizations  to connect with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Volunteer Fair. The spring Volunteer Fair will take place on February 8, 2017 from 11:00am - 2:00pm in the Sykes Student Union ballrooms. The fair is free and registration is first come, first serve.  A table and two chairs is provided for each organization. For more information contact Joellen Reindl. 

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