Volunteers are very different from students engaged in community-based learning. Volunteers are free to choose where they want to serve and the scope of their service, limited only by interest, time and volunteer requirements set by your organization. Community-based learning students are required to interact in the community as part of their course. Therefore, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement is seeking the most challenging, interactive and meaningful placements for these students.
What that involves:
In order for the Lindy Center to approve the opportunities you want posted for volunteers and for community-based service assignments on our database, we need to conduct a preliminary site visit that ensures we have information about your organization including contact information, site evaluation and determination that your organization meets our criteria regarding the safety of our students and for community-based service assignments (i.e. your project meets the learning objectives we have established as part of our civic engagement program).
Furthermore, the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement primarily partners with CBOs that:
- Can help us to promote the ideals of social responsibility, public service and/or civic engagement
- Are non-profit organizations, community/recreation centers, or schools
- Have a well defined mission statement or purpose
- Are located in the Philadelphia region, particularly in West Philadelphia along the Lancaster Avenue Corridor
- Have their own offices or a well defined space where our students will serve (such as a community center, park, school, etc.)
- Offer meaningful, positive experiences—both educational and social—that will enhance the education of our students and promote our mission
- Provide a unique experience for student involvement
- Can provide a contact person to serve as the liaison between the Lindy Center and your organization