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Information for Neighborhood Organizations

Community based nonprofit organizations are an integral part of Drexel’s mission and vision for civic engagement. These deep-rooted partnerships not only benefit local communities and businesses, they expand educational opportunities for our students and generate positive change. Through the generosity and support of these alliances, Drexel University continues to enhance the quality of life and economic development of the West Philadelphia region and beyond.

Local organizations can interface with the Office of University and Community Partnerships in several ways.

For those organizations with a mission to serve West Philadelphia neighborhoods, there may be opportunities to bring programming to the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, when there is interest by residents and the work of the organization is consistent with the Dornsife Center's mission. You can learn more about how the Dornsife Center works with nonprofit partners here.

The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement brings its community-based learning programming to neighborhood-serving organizations, building learning experiences and creating community between Drexel students and local partners and residents. Side-by-Side classes give service constituents the opportunity to take part in Drexel courses alongside our undergraduate students - doing all of the work and reading and participating fully in classroom discussion. Other community-based learning formats connect Drexel knowledge resources with local partners in a number of ways.

Nonprofits may also be interested in hosting a Drexel Community Scholar through the Lindy Center. Drexel Community Scholars provide direct service or capacity-building to qualifying organizations. There are also opportunities to work with the Lindy Center on volunteer service. Some of the possibilities include arranging for Drexel student volunteers to regularly serve at your organization, to create Alternative Spring Break programming with your organization, or to create intensive Day of Service opportunities.

Read more about what the Lindy Center has to offer neighborhood organizations here.