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.
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 .
The Spring Volunteer Fair seeks to connect students, staff, and faculty with community partners from a variety of non-profit and governmental agencies. The event will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (Snow Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015) in WCU’s Student Union Ballrooms from 11:00 - 2:00pm. The Fair will host approximately 55 agencies and between 400-500 students. The event is free to University community partners.
You must receive the confirmation in order to be registered for the event. If you do not receive the confirmation, please contact Jodi Roth-Saks.
The confirmation email will include information about lunch, parking, shuttle buses, etc. Please be sure to forward the confirmation email to the representative of your agency that will be attending the event. When you arrive at the fair, please register at the Community Partner Registration Table.
We have arranged to serve sandwiches, chips, and salad for lunch. A vegetarian option will be available. Lunch is free for all community agencies. If you have a dietary restriction, please let us know. You can pick up your lunch during the fair in the back of the Sykes Student Union Ballroom. Lunch will be available between 11:15am - 1:00pm.
We suggest coming prepared with handouts that include your contact information and a description of your volunteer opportunities. Be creative! Students love to see photos and pictures of clients. If possible, bring a map or directions to your agency and note if you are within walking distance to campus or near a Septa route.
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Agencies that are interested in attending the fair can contact Jodi Roth-Saks for more information.