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West Chester, PA 19383
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 and service-learning opportunities to our students, staff, and faculty. Community partners that work with the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs are typically non-profit organizations and/or government agencies. 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 general volunteer needs searchable to volunteers seeking opportunities. Specific events should be directed to Joellen Reindl at Jreindl@wcupa.edu.Add Your Agency to Our Directory!
Community partners can connect with the University in a variety of ways. We welcome the opportunity to consult with organizations 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 community organizations with creating partnerships with faculty for service-learning courses, as well as community-engaged research. 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. Staff from the department will often facilitate this connection, share best practices, and provide support before, during, and after the semester. Working with a faculty member is a very sustainable way to partner with a university. To get started contact Service-Learning Faculty Associate, Dr. Katie Solic.
Creating a student orientation can build a collaborative work environment, increase retention rates of volunteers and meet the organization's goals and expectations of student volunteers. View a list of best practices .
Another unique opportunity to work with WCU students is through the Center for Community Solutions. Learn more information here.
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 Wednesday, September 26, 2018 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.