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Service Learning - Service Learning Partnerships

Community Partners are groups or organizations that provide a venue for a service learning project. Entering into a partnership with the Service Learning program requires a commitment of time, resources and effort, but the benefits for the agencies, instructors, service-learning students and communities can be dramatic and transformational.

Many of our community partners were surprised but interested when they got a phone call from a University of Maine professor asking if they’d like to participate as a partner in a course project. They’ve found themselves working with a team of University of Maine students who are using their academic knowledge to address a problem or situation that the community partner faces.

Working with Community Partners

“…the natural development of university community partnerships begins with work between the university and well-organized local agencies and organizations that have the capacity and sophistication to interface with the more bureaucratic university.”

Holland, B. & Gelmon, S. (2003). The States of the Engaged Campus: What We Learned About Building and Sustaining University-Community Partnerships. In Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit. Providence, RI: Campus Compact, p. 197.

What can a community partner expect from a service-learning project

What are the responsibilities of the partner?

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The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism
Memorial Union, Room 311
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-3091 | Fax: (207) 581-4215E-mail:
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Orono, Maine 04469
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