Ways to Partner
There are numerous ways to partner with Miami University to further your organization’s mission and increase your capacity to serve and improve the community, some of which are listed below. Organizations wishing to propose anything from a one time service experience to an ongoing partnership should email the Office of Community Engagement and Service at CommunityEngagement@MiamiOH.edu.
Service-Learning involves integrating community service or other forms of engagement into course content. As a result, Miami students are able to gain real world skills and enhance their learning while contributing to the community. Service-Learning projects are perfect for organizations that have specific needs. For example, some Service-Learning partnerships have resulted in marketing plans for non-profits, research and data gathering, translated documents, and computer databases. Service-Learning projects are also great for organizations that can benefit from long-term volunteers. Many Service-Learning courses that study a specific social issue (for example, poverty) require that students serve weekly in agencies that work to address that issue.
One-Time Service Projects
One-Time Service Projects are opportunities to serve that do not require an ongoing commitment and typically require little to no training. One-Time Service Projects are often great for large groups but can be for individuals as well. Examples of One-Time Service Projects are: painting a room or building, trash and litter control, preparing holiday baskets, sorting and organizing donations, helping with a special event, etc.
Ongoing Service Projects
Ongoing Service Projects require an ongoing commitment from volunteers. This could be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or any other time span that would be most helpful for your organization. Ongoing Service Projects usually require training and, depending on the population you serve, may require a background check. Examples of Ongoing Service Projects are: serving as shopping assistants in a choice pantry, assisting with client intake, providing childcare, tutoring adults in GED classes, etc.
Undergraduate Service Coordinators
The Undergraduate Service Coordinator program is great for organizations that are seeking to increase their involvement with Miami University students. Service Coordinators are assigned to one or two specific agencies. They serve weekly at those agencies in addition to recruiting and leading other student volunteers. To explore getting an USC for your agency, contact Megan Donahue.
Community organizations may partner with faculty, staff, or students to conduct engaged scholarship. Projects should be designed to further both community and scholarly objectives. For example, students in a public relations course surveyed students and community members about the Oxford Community Choice Pantry and then used this research to create and publish a publicity campaign.