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Welcome to LC 205 800 W University Parkway
Our Staff Director Summer Valente Academic Service- Learning Director Jonathan Westover Program Coordinator Laura Christopherson Service Council President Jason Terry Administrative Assistant Tracy Taylor
Our Role: From Campus to Community The Volunteer & Service Learning Center provides service-learning opportunities for UVU students, faculty, and staff. Through programs and projects in the classroom, the community and the world, the Center works to increase social and cultural awareness, build a sense of community commitment and extend meaningful educational opportunities that increase knowledge and enhance academic skills.
Why do we do it? ‘s Mission: Utah Valley University is a teaching institution which provides opportunity, promotes student success, and meets regional educational needs. UVU builds on a foundation of substantive scholarly and creative work to foster engaged learning. The university prepares professionally competent people of integrity who, as life-long learners and leaders, serve as stewards of a globally interdependent community. Student Success UVU fosters a culture of academic rigor and professional excellence. UVU engages its community in mutually beneficial collaboration and emphasizes engaged learning. UVU provides opportunity for Individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives and meets regional educational needs. Serious Engaged Inclusive Core Themes 2010:
How do we do it? Academic Service-Learning o Service-learning is an academic teaching pedagogy that combines academic objectives with a service experience. UVU offers over 50 service-learning classes each semester. Student Leadership o Service Scholar Program – This is a program that recognizes students for their service. Students who successfully complete the program receive a distinction on their transcript and honor cords at graduation. o Service Council – The Service Council is a group of student leaders dedicated to planning and implementing student-run programs for the benefit of UVU and the community. During the 2010-2011 academic year, students facilitated 180 events. Community Outreach o Community Partnership – Our office provides training to approved community partners and provide resources such as: Service Fairs, access to students, trainings, etc.
Purpose of Community Partnerships We seek to connect service and learning through the establishment of Approved Community Partnerships, which will create cohesive objectives that demonstrate engaged learning to students and the community.
Types of Community Partnerships
Basic Requirements for All Partners Maintain communications with the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center by: o Responding to requests from the Center o Notifying the Center of any contact changes Ensure the volunteer assignment(s) will not displace any employed worker or impair existing contract for services Ensure that student volunteers are kept in line of sight of a supervisor at all times unless they have been satisfactorily background checked the community partner’s standards, hence the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center is not responsible for any unacceptable or inappropriate behavior or performance of a student volunteer Provide student volunteers with a safe learning environment and an orientation which informs student volunteer of potential risks Investigate and report any concerns to the Volunteer & Service- Learning Center involving student volunteers Provide background checks required for student volunteers.
For all Community Partners the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center will: Advocate the value and importance of the volunteer sector on Utah Valley University’s campuses Attempt to fill your volunteer needs by promoting, publicizing your volunteer requests, and referring student volunteers to your agency Provide information pertinent about Volunteer & Service- Learning and campus events Provide training opportunities to help further your experience with student volunteers Provide enrolled student volunteers with: o Ongoing support and regular communication; and, o The necessary waivers for UVU sponsored events
To start the partnership process: 1.Read carefully over our procedures and the types of partnerships we offer to fully understand your role as a community partner. 2.Organizations go to www.uvu.edu/volunteer to register and fill out the “UVU Approved Community Partner of the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center Proposal Form”. (Or click here to be directed to the form.)www.uvu.edu/volunteerhere 3.Each category of the form must be completed and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be completed. 4.Once the proposal form is submitted, the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center will review and determine if the partnership requirements are met. You will be notified when your proposal is received. Once your proposal is approved, your organization will be updated on our volunteer database.
Site Visits The following documentation will be required of all new organizations that wish to partner: Site Visits are not required of all organizations. If you have not worked with our office previously a site visit may be scheduled. The UVU Volunteer & Service-Learning Center will send an authorized representative, on a scheduled date and time (arranged previously with the site), to conduct a formal site visit. Proof of legal existence Insurance (for volunteers) - Must have one or more of the following: Comprehensive General Liability Insurance Worker’s Compensation Automotive Liability Insurance (only if volunteers operate vehicles) Formal Risk Management Policies and Procedures Optional documentation: Certificate of Occupancy Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of Authorization, or a Certificate of Existence
Your partnership is important to us! Without your partnership and continued efforts, the V&SLC wouldn’t be where it is today. We would like to thank you for providing opportunities for students, faculty and staff here at UVU that allow tremendous growth through experiences with your organization!
Contact Information UVU Volunteer & Service Learning Center LC 205 800 W University Parkway Orem, UT 84058 Phone: 801-863-8786 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Web: ww.uvu.edu/volunteer Web: ww.uvu.edu/volunteerww.uvu.edu/volunteer Please feel free to contact us with any questions and concerns.
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