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Partnership Opportunities

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 OLCE 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.

 Short-Term Partnerships

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.

Catalyst – Catalyst is a Saturday program where groups of 10-15 students engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! Students have the opportunity to learn about the social and environmental issues that have an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on experiences as a group. This past year included projects linked to food insecurity, animal welfare, refugee populations, and more. If you have a need for a small group of students for a Saturday project, please email Katelyn Bodwell at k_bodwel@uncg.edu.

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.

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.  OLCE 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 lead@uncg.edu.

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 (60) hours through a leadership community-based project. 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 fill out this form.  If you’d like more detailed information about Gold, please review this info sheet.  If you have any questions/comments, please contact the Associate Director for Leadership Lindsey Woelker at (336)256-1484 or l_woelke@uncg.edu.

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.