The recorded Impact Value of Service from WVU students for the 2022-23 Academic Year
is $2,635,742.76, which comes from the
Independent Sector’s annual assessment of value of labor. For 2022, labor in
West Virginia was valued at $26.67 per hour. While iServe collects hour-for-hour
service, there are many projects, programs, and units across campus that do not
perfectly fit this collection system, but the projects are equally as important.
We discuss some of these events below.
hours served in the community
AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteerism. AmeriCorps
provides opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds to serve their country,
address the nation’s most pressing challenges, and improve lives and communities.
The WVU VISTA program serves to better connect the social service, healthcare, childcare,
veteran service, food pantries, and other community organizations with resources,
create streamlined and consistent communications that become the foundational infrastructure
for collaborative teamwork, and through lasting sustained relationships, our program
can build capacity of community partners in order to better meet anti-poverty outcomes.
We have members working in all areas of higher education and building sustainable
partnerships in areas of recruitment, academic success, service-learning, data
collection, equity and more.
The WVU VISTA program brought on its first member in 2015 and has since had over
50 members serve year-long placements. These members have supported programs at
WVU that provide innovative experiences for students that enhance the land grant
mission. WVU VISTA currently supports 17members each year and has come together
to promote days of service and social action.
Week of Engagement
Each year the Center for Community Engagement hosts a Week of Engagement in the
Spring semester. In partnership with the City of Morgantown, this week hosts
volunteer opportunities, highlights exceptional volunteers, and celebrates the
accomplishments of our community. On April 11th,2023, the City of Morgantown
proclaimed August 16th-22nd as Week of Engagement. That Thursday, we celebrated
together at our annual Community Engagement Awards Banquet.
Academic Community Engagement Series
Organized by the Center for Community Engagement, the A.C.E. virtual speaker series
invited national and local renowned community-engaged scholars to discuss the theory
and practice of community engaged scholarship. Topics during the 2022 – 2023 academic
- Foundations of Community Engaged Scholarship
- Engaged Scholarship and Promotion and Tenure
- Scholarly Outreach and Equitable Collaboration for Sustainable Impact
- Community Engaged Research: Honoring Community Relationships and Upholding Social
- Building Outcomes Around Engagement Experiences
229 colleagues registered for the ACE sessions, with additional viewership through
the Center’s youtube channel.
Purpose2Action (P2A) helps students find their purpose through community engaged
experiences. Understanding that many students need to have jobs outside of their
course work, P2A opens the opportunity to experience a high impact learning experience
while receiving payment for their efforts. We place undergraduate students with
public sector organizations to complete mission-critical projects. Students interested
in community engagement and public service get the chance to explore, contribute
and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities. In return for their
service, students will complete the program with a reinforced academic commitment,
improved mental wellness, and opportunities to explore purpose in terms of career
pathways. This program presents guidance on the impact of intercultural awareness
and its effect on community service and transfer knowledge of self when working