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Community Partner Luncheon

Volunteer coordinators and faculty plan on how to meet community needs with service learning at the Community Partner Luncheon.

Circle of Concern

Glenn Koenen, Executive Director of Circle of Concern, explains to an English Composition class how his organization provides food to the needy in St. Louis County.

Jim Lipsmire

Jim Lipsmire, a St. Louis County Park volunteer, instructs students on how to remove invasive honeysuckle in the community, and works with English classes on a marketing project to promote park volunteer opportunities to local youth.

For Community Partners

Tutoring children, building community gardens, and working in food pantries are just some of the ways in which Meramec students make a difference in the community through Service Learning. Facilitating service learning projects at your organization has the following benefits:

  • Service Learning provides non-profits with volunteers who can perform need-specific tasks
  • It provides non-profits with the potential to recruit long-term student volunteers
  • It creates future advocates for your organization by educating students about your organization's mission and goals

See the Community Partner's Handbook for a comprehensive look at the community partner's role in our Service Learning program.

HOW TO INTEGRATE SERVICE LEARNING AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

  • If you have not done so already, fill out the Community Partner Information Sheet template and include a list of your organization's needs. See STLCC Community Partners Catalog to check your information.
  • Please read the Rights and Responsibilities document.
  • Contact Meramec Service Learning Office and make an appointment. You can reach us at 314-984-7893 or by emailing Donna Halsband at dhalsband@stlcc.edu. We will put you in contact with an instructor who is interested in involving his/her students with your organization.
  • Set goals for service that meet instructor's goals for learning.
  • Spell out roles for everyone and match students with positions that fit their ability.