Civic Engagement at Mary Baldwin College. Tips for Having a Successful Service-Learning or Community Service Experience. Workshop Agenda. 1. What is Civic Engagement? 2. Reasons to Participate 3. Selecting the “Right” Community Partner for You 4. Approaching Community Partners
Tips for Having a Successful
Community Service Experience
1. What is Civic Engagement?
2. Reasons to Participate
3. Selecting the “Right” Community Partner for You
4. Approaching Community Partners
5. Tips for Success
6. Ethics and Responsibilities
7. Remember to Say “THANKS”
8. Contact Information
 Thomas Ehrlich, Ed. Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, Phoenix: Oryx Press, 2000, vi.
From Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook to Service-Learning Across the Disciplines
Identify your INTERESTS - the things that you enjoy doing, discussing or daydreaming about often.
(these will make sure you are satisfied with your choice, and motivated to achieve your/your community’s goals)
Identify your SKILLS
Identify your VALUES
**Do not be alarmed if the person on your list is not there. There tends to be a higher turn over rate in non-profit organizations. If the listed contact person is not there, just ask for the Volunteer Coordinator.
Arrive to work on time
Call if you are going to be absent or late (these agencies are counting on you)
Carry out work assignments in a conscientious manner
Be aware of expectations & office culture
(Maintain confidentiality & code of ethics)
Adhere to the policies and procedures of the organization
Show initiative and interest in your workDuring Your Community Service…Be A Good Volunteer
THANK the people with whom you have worked…they will have helped you with YOUR project!
The Spencer Center in Wenger Hall