University of Vermont

Service-Learning Community Partners

"Thank you for the opportunity to participate [in this service learning project]. I am looking forward to reviewing the reports and the flashy landfill calculator! It was easy and enjoyable to work with both you and Joan [the TA]. Your course was very well organized, and I was impressed by the level of understanding about the issues the students developed in such a short period of time. I hope we can do this again next year."
-Carey Hengstenberg, Community Partner with Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Waste Mangement Division

The Rubenstein School values its community partnerships and has worked with hundreds of community groups, non-profit organizations, schools, churches, municipalities, and state and federal agencies through service-learning projects.

A list of community partner organizations was started in the fall of 2011 and will be expanded upon each semester as future service-learning courses foster partnerships with new community partners.

Resources for Community Partners

  • There are different ways that community partners can engage with Rubenstein School students — through internships, service-learning courses, and volunteer opportunities. If you are a community partner and unsure of the type of partnership appropriate for your organization and/or potential student projects, see our Community Partnership Opportunities (pdf) guide.
  • UVM's Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) has resources for community agencies interested in becoming partners in service-learning. See the CUPS website for more information.
  • California State University's Center for Community Engagement has developed a Community Partner Resource Guide to Service Learning (pdf) as a resource tool for community partners involved with service learning faculty and courses. This resource provides community partners with guidance on their role as co-educator, designing a service-learning project, preparing students to serve at their organization, and facilitating student reflection activities.

For more information about becoming a Service-Learning partner with Rubenstein School, contact Margaret Burke, Community Based Learning Coordinator, at margaret.burke@uvm.edu or 802-656-1326.