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Service Learning For the Community

Community partners play a crucial role in the Mount St. Mary's Service-Learning program. Partners are key to identifying real community needs and collaborating with the Mount in meeting those needs. Working with Mount faculty and staff, community partners also play the important role of guiding Mount students on and off site as they deliver their service.

The service projects that Mount students deliver are wide-ranging. Projects include, among others developing marketing plans and initiatives for non-profit organizations, establishing business plans for local business district organizations, and working on a variety of service projects for children, the elderly, the economically disadvantaged, those with disabilities, and those whose native language is not English. Partners include, among others, public service agencies, schools, after-school programs, governmental entities, and non-profit organizations.

What responsibilities do community partners undertake when accepting service-learning students?
The first responsibility of community partners is to help the Mount identify important community needs and then to provide a service opportunity to meet those needs. The second responsibility is to provide adequate and consistent project supervision for students and project feedback to faculty and staff.

What responsibilities does that Mount undertake when offering academic service-learning?
The Mount's responsibility is to collaborate with community partners in identifying community needs; to assist faculty in the selection of relevant service projects; to monitor project implementation; to assist community partners, faculty, and students in troubleshooting issues that might arise during the project; and to provide logistical support to community partners, faculty, and students in completing those projects. The Mount also sponsors meetings for community partners and Mount faculty to discuss issues of mutual interest.

Who to Contact

Service-Learning: Community partners are encouraged to maintain on-going contact with both the Service Coordinator and with relevant faculty.

Community Service: In terms of co-curricular community service projects (those not affiliated with a particular class), please contact the Office of Social Justice.

Career Services: If your organization or agency is working with the Mount through its internship or career services program, please contact the Career Center for more information.

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