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.
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.
Documents and Forms
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.
Office of Service Learning Contact Information