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

General information

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) at the University of South Florida. The CLCE trains, educates, and develops USF community members to be effective, ethical, and positively engaged leaders among the global community.  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. We seek to form relationships with community partners that provide direct, or capacity building, service opportunities to support student leadership training, education, and development. 

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:

  • Post your one-time or reoccurring volunteer opportunity in our volunteer database seen by all current USF students
  • Connect your agency and/or your volunteer needs with student organizations on campus through our Service Fellows
  • Send teams of volunteers to you during our large-scale days of service (takes place one Saturday each semester)
  • Provide free table space at our Volunteer Fair to assist you in connecting directly with USF students (once each semester)
  • Provide periodic student-led, topic specific training and networking opportunities
  • Please find the registration links for any of our service events or volunteer fairs embedded in our Important Dates document linked below.
  • For more information or to ask any question, please contact Justin Fitzgerald at jtfitzgerald@usf.edu.

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 for needs at any point in the year, simply use Chrome or Firefox and complete this brief form: https://tinyurl.com/USFVolunteerRequest.

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

Click Important Dates for Community Partners for 2018-2019 event dates and registration deadlines

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 at the beginning of each Fall Semester. 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 (above).

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 1,800 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 (above).

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

  • Provide a service location that is within 30 minutes driving distance of the USF Tampa campus.
  • Provide enough service for 3 hours for the number of volunteers requested by your agency below.
  • Provide all supplies and materials in order to complete service.
  • Have a minimum of one agency representative on site for the entire duration of the project that can hold a brief orientation with volunteers at the beginning of the project where you teach volunteers about the purpose of your organization, who the organization serves, the social issue behind the organization, and how students can stay involved with your organization.
  • Should the project end early, you are encouraged to have another activity ready for the remaining time such as a reflection, Question & Answer session, overview of the organization, or a site tour. You're also encouraged to have extra staff on hand to help supervise the students if there are more than 20 visiting your site.

Registration links for Community Partners interested in receiving students during this city-wide day of service can be found in the Important Dates document linked above.
For more information, contact Justin Fitzgerald.

Fall and Spring Volunteer Fairs (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 (above). 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 listed on this document.