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Community Partners

Service-learning can prove beneficial to community organizations. Student Engagement and Diversity serves as a liaison between community organizations and students, student organizations, and faculty seeking service opportunities and can assist you in finding short- and long-term volunteers.

Why Partner

Student Engagement and Diversity strives to enhance students’ educational experiences by providing students the opportunity to be civically engaged and to get hands-on experience applying course concepts in real-world situations.

A partnership is an arrangement where parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. Partners can accomplish more working together than they could working on their own.

There are many benefits of becoming a UNLV community partner, including:

  • Ability to access university resources, including an energetic student population.
  • Student volunteers can meet both short-term and long-term needs.
  • After volunteering at an organization, students are more likely to return to that organization for future volunteer opportunities.
  • Students will educate their circles about the organization’s mission and will share their experiences.
  • Opportunity to educate the public regarding community issues and misconceptions.
  • Potential to recruit future employees and volunteers.
  • Opportunity to become a co-educator with UNLV faculty.
  • Service-learning has many benefits for students, faculty and community partners.

Become a Partner

There are many benefits and ways to partner with the UNLV’s Student Engagement and Diversity.

  • Post a service project or drive for students and/or student organizations. There is no guarantee these needs will be fulfilled, but it is a way to inform students and student organizations about opportunities to volunteer. It is important to write an effective volunteer description.
  • Partner with UNLVolunteers to sponsor numerous service programs every semester. With UNLVolunteers-sponsored service programs, the student group publicizes these programs on campus and usually most of the volunteer spots are filled. Contact the appropriate student coordinator with your project ideas. Additionally, Service Day happens once a semester and is usually looking for sites on a Friday morning. 
  • Partner with a faculty member to incorporate service-learning into a UNLV course. Community organizations can serve as a co-educator to create a hands-on learning experience for students. Contact service.learning@unlv.edu to identify appropriate faculty contacts. Get answers to your frequently asked questions.
  • Post a paid or unpaid internship description or job opportunity on the UNLV CareerLink. Career fairs are held on campus once a semester each year. If you would like to attend one of these events to recruit employees for your organization, contact UNLV Career Services at 702-895-3495.
  • Become an approved practicum site for the School of Social Work.
  • Participate in the UNLV Student Involvement Fair. At the start of each semester, UNLV holds a student involvement fair, including a Community Service component. Contact serve@unlv.edu to receive information on timelines and registration.

Questions?

Contact us to discuss partnership opportunities:

Writing an Effective Volunteer Description

These are some tips to entice students to consider your volunteer opportunity:

  • Create a catchy title for your project description to spark the reader’s interest.
  • Take the time to write an eye-catching, interesting position description that truthfully conveys the expectations and duties of the volunteer opportunity. The more a student knows about the position, the better the match will be for the community organization, the student, and the faculty member.
  • Ensure that your description is easy to read. Make use of multiple paragraphs, bullet points, and formatting so that students can find the information they need.
  • Include your contact information and organization location. Students sometimes choose partners based on proximity to home or school for transportation reasons. Also, students should have your contact information in order to ask questions regarding the opportunity and to set up volunteer times.
  • Post the opportunity well in advance of your need. When posting a one-time volunteer event or need, we recommend submitting your request at least two weeks before the scheduled date. For long-term volunteer opportunities, service-learning projects, and internships, you should submit your request several months in advance to allow time to meet faculty members, to interview students, and to complete any necessary procedures.

Community Partner List

Community Partner FAQs

What might be considered a service-learning project?
  • Direct service to your clientele by students in a particular degree program
  • Marketing planning and analysis
  • Operations assessments
  • Event and program planning
  • Fundraisers, supply drives, and walks
  • Research, as specified by your organization
  • Business planning
  • Any need you may have that correlates with the learning outcomes for one or more courses at UNLV
How are service-learning students different from regular volunteers?

Students in service-learning courses work at community agencies as a part of course requirements in order to serve as a “real-life” text for their course objectives. In addition, by agreeing to partner with UNLV, you agree to become a certified community co-educator. This agreement requires you to educate students about your organization’s mission, be available to answer questions, and provide students with the necessary information to complete their course assignments.

How can I connect with faculty members?

Please contact our staff at service.learning@unlv.edu to discuss your needs.

I’m already working with a faculty member on campus, but they do not utilize your office in service-learning. Why is this?

Our program is fairly new, and we have not yet been able to capture the true incidence of service-learning on campus. Please continue to utilize your existing partnerships; however, it would be greatly appreciated if you would let us know who you are working with currently. When we are able to reach out to faculty members to offer our services, it usually results in an easier, more streamlined experience for all involved.