Community Partners

Community Partners in Service Learning

 

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead

 

Meaningful, sustainable partnerships with community organizations form the foundation for Hilbert College's service-learning efforts. Community organizations include non-profit organzations, government agencies and area school districts.  Community organizations interested in exploring a partnership with Hilbert College should contact the Office of Service Learning at 649-7900 ext. 356 to discuss ideas for collaboration.

 

Becoming a Community Partner

The Office of Service Learning serves to create, maintain and sustain partnerships with our local and regional community.  We look forward to partnering with new community organizations as "Community Partners" to enhance the learning experience of Hilbert students.

Community organizations may contact the Service Learning Coordinator to discuss the possibility of building partnerships in a service learning capacity.  In addition, the Service Learning Coordinator may set up meetings between faculty and community partners to connect about service projects, and maintain ongoing communication throughout the semester.

 

Communication

Whenever possible, initial contact between Hilbert and a community partner will be facilitated by Hilbert College's Service Learning Coordinator or faculty member. This contact is intended to identify the types of opportunities available through the community partner and the times/dates/expectations of the student service. Students will then be expected to contact the service site directly to make arrangements for their service, when appropriate.  

Community agencies should only agree to take students if the presence of the students will be an asset, rather than a burden, to the organization. The intention of service-learning is to meet a community need and only the community partner can determine if such a need exists.

Community partners are encouraged to keep in close contact with the faculty member or Service Learning Coordinator throughout the semester in order to address issues or concerns as they arise. At the conclusion of the service activities, the community partner may be asked to complete an evaluation of their experience with service-learning students.  This evaluation will be distributed via email, but community agencies may request a paper copy of the evaluation by contacting Hilbert's Service Learning Coordinator or the faculty member with whom they have been working. Completed evaluations should be returned to Hilbert's Service Learning Office, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.
Community agencies are encouraged to contact Hilbert College's Service Learning Office with any issues, concerns or thoughts as soon as they arise.
 

Documents and Forms

 
Students performing service learning tasks at Community Partner sites are responsible for tracking their hours of service using the Student Time Sheet document listed below.  This document requires a Community Partner initial for hours served on-site.  
 

 

Past Service Learning Experiences

This past semester Hilbert College collaborated with over 40 community partners across 16 service-learning courses resulting in 2,655 hours served.  Students worked side-by-side with our community partners in a variety of settings, including animal rescue groups, community health organizations, homeless shelters, governmental agencies, assisted living facilities and community recreational facilities.  Students assisted the agencies with direct-care duties, project-based work and outreach/fundraising activities.

In celebration of the service and collaboration experienced by the students, faculty and community partners, Hilbert College hosted a Service Learning Recognition Breakfast in April.  The event was held in conjunction with Hilbert College's Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning.  Presentations were made commemorating the work performed in the community as part of the students' academic learning.  At the event, Professor Christopher Gallant and students in Digital Media Professional Seminar class presented the promotional videos created by the class for UNYTS. The videos are included below as an example of a project-based service learning collaboration.

Unyts Statistics Promotional from Chris Gallant on Vimeo.

Unyts "Do It" Promotional from Chris Gallant on Vimeo.

 

 

Office of Service Learning Contact Information

Rachel Wozniak, Coordinator
Office of Service Learning
Hilbert College
Franciscan Hall 104
5200 South Park Ave.
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 649-7900 ext. 356