Community Partners

Overview

Community Partners

"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it."

– Marianne Williamson

Greeting and General information

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) at the University of South Florida. Your willingness to offer your valuable time and professional wisdom to help our students become more aware of issues facing our community and provide them with the opportunity to serve is appreciated. As a community partner, you are the essential element for the success of our civic engagement programs. The relationship developed between our university community and your agency is critical for our community's success and one that should be mutually beneficial. The mission of the CLCE is to "educate and challenge students to be effective, ethical leaders who serve as engaged citizens for the global community." We hope the service experience with your agency will be instrumental in developing social and civic responsibility as well as life-long commitment to community service for the next generation of potential leaders.

There are various ways to partner and engage with our USF community. This informational graphic may help you connect with the correct area of USF for your specific needs. Please also take note of the list of important dates for this academic year.

Here in the CLCE, we can assist in the following ways:

Important Dates for Community Partners
Deadline and event dates for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Posting a Volunteer Opportunity

Our BullSync system is a comprehensive web-based database through which all stakeholders in the service process - including community partners, students, student organizations, faculty and staff - can communicate and organize these important relationships.

To post a volunteer opportunity/recruit student volunteers, simply use Chrome or Firefox and complete this brief form: https://orgsync.com/100864/forms/188154.

Please contact Justin Fitzgerald at jtfitzgerald@usf.edu, with any questions or concerns.

USF Days of Service

CHARGE: Grab Service By The Horns(10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.)
The CLCE hosts an annual morning of service focused on first-year students each August. This event is funded by Wells Fargo and encourages new students to get involved in their community from the moment they first step on campus. Nearly 400 students divide into teams and tackle service projects together across the Tampa Bay area. If your agency is in need of volunteers for a project you can request a team of USF volunteers for this service event. Service events like this can be a wonderful time for students to get a taste of what it's like to volunteer at your agency on a regular basis. The project registration link can be found on the Important Dates list.

SOS: Stampede of Service (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
The CLCE hosts the university's largest annual morning of service taking place each January as part of Dr. MLK, Jr., Weekend. This event traditionally includes nearly 2,000 students and over 60 nonprofits across Tampa Bay. This event encourages all students to get involved in their community and live out the principles that Dr. MLK lived by. If your agency is in need of volunteers for a project you can request a team of USF volunteers for this service event. Service events like this can be a wonderful time for students to get a taste of what it's like to volunteer at your agency on a regular basis. The project registration link can be found on the Important Dates list.

In agreeing to serve as a Community Partner, you are asked to:

Registration for Community Partners interested in receiving students during this city-wide day of service will open Fall 2017.
For more information, contact Justin Fitzgerald.

Fall and Spring Volunteer Fairs ("Showcases of Service") (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
This free event takes place once a semester as a chance for students to learn about your great volunteer opportunities. You can also use this as a chance to showcase all that other students have done through their work with you. Please find registration links and deadlines on the Important Dates list. You will be allocated one, 6ft. table in the USF Marshall Student Center Ballroom to showcase your service projects and directly recruit students for your various projects, events, internships, etc. throughout the year. Space is limited and tables are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Long-term Volunteer Needs, Community-Based Research, and/or Internships
For more information about these respective areas, please contact the corresponding person list on this "Navigating USF" link.