Service and Community Partners

The Wilks Institute is happy to support you or your organization develop community partnerships. We aim to support our students, faculty, staff, and community partners to co-create mutually reciprocal community partnerships focused on social change and sustainable futures. We promote the practice of building relationships through Asset-Based Community Development and Community Identified Goals. Please email us at with questions or to learn more.

  • Community Identified Goals: Community identified goals build on the strengths and resources available in the community to meet the needs identified by the community as areas of focus.
  • Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD): ABCD builds on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions by drawing upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

ComMUnity Connect

ComMUnity Connect is Miami University’s new tool for the promotion, management, and tracking of volunteer opportunities in our region. We believe this new tool will increase levels of community engagement in Southwest Ohio and provide us with a more accurate picture of how we are impacting our communities together as nonprofits and educational institutions.

ComMUnity Connect amplifies the community’s voices by providing a platform for nonprofits to promote their needs and volunteer opportunities.

ComMUnity Connect is a product of Galaxy Digital.

Get Started with ComMUnity Connect

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should STUDENTS use ComMUnity Connect?

  • To identify volunteer opportunities for yourself on an ongoing basis (opportunities are posted all the time, so check back often).
  • To find a community-based project for a course you are enrolled in (only if prompted by your professor)
  • To plan and sign up for a student organization team-building project
  • To connect with organizations and identity public challenges aligned with your passions
  • To challenge your preconceived notions about yourself & the world
  • To practice professional skills you are trying to develop
  • To track your personal volunteer hours or your organization’s volunteer hours

Why should FACULTY & STAFF use ComMUnity Connect?

  • To identify volunteer opportunities for yourself
  • To identify potential Service-Learning projects for your course
  • To connect with organizations and identify public challenges aligned with your research agenda
  • To plan and sign up for an office/departmental team-building project
  • To refer students to transformational learning opportunities
  • To find service projects to incorporate within programs or events that your office/department is responsible for implementing
  • To track your own or your students’ volunteer hours, and more...

How to Access ComMUnity Connect

  • Go to
  • This link is also available on under ComMUnity Connect and volunteer opportunities.
  • Log in with your Miami credentials.
  • Begin volunteering!

Quick How-To Videos and Articles for Miami Users

If you are having some difficulty navigating the website, here is a list of videos put together by Galaxy Digital, the software company. Please note that there may be some aesthetic differences between their general page and our custom page, but all the functionality is the same.