We strive to build mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations in each of our programs and we value these partners as co-educators of our students. Community partners are encouraged to contact OLSL to discuss how their needs can be met through collaboration with our programs. Below you can find information on our programs ranging from event partnerships, project partnerships, and sustained partnerships. Information about our “My Service” Database, weekly listserv announcements, and volunteer fair can be found on our Community Partner’s Home page.
Spartan Service Day – Part of UNCG’s fall semester kickoff called “Rawkin’ Welcome Week,” Spartan Service Day takes place on the first Saturday after classes begin (usually late August). Groups of students will be transported from campus to your organization to complete 3 hours of service. Past projects include mural painting, trail maintenance, litter clean-ups, engaging youth/seniors, sorting donations, and many more. Information for students regarding this day can be found on our Community Service Page.
servGSO – Throughout the academic year OLSL offers service projects on various days and times. This past year included projects linked to food insecurity, hunger & homelessness awareness week, earth day, and refugee populations. If you have a need for a small group of students (5-30 is typical of past projects) please email Kristina Snader at email@example.com.
MLK Day of Service – Each January, UNCG celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by organizing a day of service that work to connect students to MLK’s message of a unified community and the value of service. Much like Spartan Day of Service we will invite our community partners to register any service projects they may have.
Service Trips – Service Trips immerse students in regional communities and engage them in quality, direct service that promotes education of social and environmental issues. Students reflect on their experiences, and are challenged to grow personally and become active citizens. If your organization is interested in hosting a service trip please email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about past trips and program policies can be found on our Service Trips page.
Semester or Year-long Partnerships
Academic Service-Learning – Service-Learning is identified by UNCG as a powerful teaching method that links academic study to community action. Faculty and community partners collaborate to provide service opportunities that both enhance students’ understanding of particular topics and skills taught in the classroom and provide useful service to the community. OLSL supports faculty and community to collaborate in service-learning course development. If your organization is interested in partnering with faculty and students through courses please visit our Service-Learning page, email email@example.com, or contact the Assistant Director for Service Learning.
Civic Engagement Fellowships – The Civic Engagement Fellows are student civic leaders based out of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning. This fellowship is a year-long commitment to developing as a citizen leader, building a community partnership, and engaging other students for change. We are currently looking for placement sites for our fellows. They will serve 6-8 hours at their organization weekly focusing on capacity building responsibilities such as direct service, volunteer management, program development, communications, and assessment. Fellows receive a stipend from OLSL. Organizations that would be a good fit for hosting a Civic Engagement Fellow would be able to provide quality supervision and meaningful work that builds your organization’s capacity. You can read more about the program on the Civic Engagement Fellows page. Interested organizations should contact the Assistant Director for Community Engagement Kristina Snader at 336-256-1406 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The application can be downloaded here: Host Site Application. Completed applications can be scanned or emailed as an attachment to email@example.com.
Gold Leadership Projects – The Leadership Challenge Program is an institution-wide commitment to offer all UNCG students leadership education, training, and development through curricular and co-curricular experiences. The most advanced level of our Leadership Challenge Program, Gold, requires students to complete a leadership service-learning project. Participating students are asked to select a community organization, group, or “cause” for which they can apply the leadership concepts and skills learned through the Leadership Challenge program to improve a real situation in a particular community. We work with community partners to identify a need or goal they would like to meet. A small group of Gold Level students work as a team to develop a plan for “how” to meet their goal. With your guidance, students are then responsible for developing solutions to meet the goal and implementing them. We would love to collaborate with your agency and work with you in order to address an initiative or project that furthers your mission and work. Interested organizations should contact the Assistant Director for Leadership Ericka Gonzalez at (336)2561484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in exploring a partnership with us! This list is by no means exhaustive and there are other departments and offices on campus we may be able to connect you to. If you would like to speak further about any of these opportunities, something new, or simply would benefit from a community partner visit so that we are more familiar with your work please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.