Community Partnerships - Principles

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Principles of Campus-Community Partnerships

Pirate HookThe Volunteer and Service-Learning Center partners with nonprofits, schools or programs in the Greenville and Pitt County areas that provide services to community members and also provide service and learning opportunities for ECU students, faculty and staff.

Partners encourage members of the ECU community to help in their work and to learn about the community’s vision for its future, thus allowing members of the ECU community the opportunity to fundamentally expand their worldview and understanding of a full range of community issues.  With rare exception, all VSLC community partners are external to the university.

The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center expects that community partners will:

  1. Serve a population that is marginalized or an expressed community need
  2. Be an incorporated organization with clear structure, a board of directors, sources for funding, a professional staff and volunteer insurance
  3. Have a program already in place that is run by professional staff
  4. Provide staff presence and direct supervision while volunteers and service-learning students are on-site
  5. Consider health and safety concerns when setting up experiences for students
  6. Provide orientation/training of volunteers
  7. Provide prompt and thorough communication about agency activities and community needs as well as conveying any concerns about the partnership with VSLC/ECU
  8. Seek opportunities to enhance the education of ECU students around relevant community issues
  9. Provide opportunities for work that can be a meaningful learning experience (publicized through OrgSync, ideally)
  10. Clearly define the roles of agency staff and volunteers
  11. Create a mutually beneficial learning environment
  12. Be willing to participate in organized reflections on various issues relevant to partner’s work
  13. Complete end-of-year evaluations and participate in assessment

Community partners can expect the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center to:

  1. Respect the work and expertise of partner representatives
  2. Provide prompt and thorough communication about ECU students and VSLC activities
  3. Instruct volunteers to show up when promised
  4. Instruct volunteers to complete assigned tasks
  5. Encourage volunteers to be respectful of staff members, clients and community members
  6. Instruct volunteers to comply with expectations and confidentiality
  7. Instruct volunteers to adhere to agency policies and procedures
  8. Provide a contact person from the VSLC professional staff who will be willing to discuss concerns or address problems
  9. Serve as an advocate for the partner by publicizing agency fundraising events, open houses, etc.
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