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CommUNITY Partner Program

The CommUNITY Partner Program ( CPP) pledges to create an inclusive network of community leaders that utilize innovative collaboration through reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships to meet community needs, locally and globally. The CPP commits to support community leaders' engagement and partnerships through employing university and community resources to realize West Virginia University's land grant mission of advancing education, healthcare, and prosperity for all.

Our University carries out its land grant mission in improving outcomes for the state through the active engagement of students, faculty and the greater community. Community partnerships are reciprocal and members effectively carry out their role as co-educators of students.

Through the CPP, the CCE facilitates connections to organizations that meet community needs and engage students through meaningful and intentional service. In support of mutually beneficial experiences, we strive to connect our partners to campus resources that go beyond volunteerism, including professional development and networking opportunities.

Next Steps

If your organization is not part of our CommUNITY Partner Program, you should contact us! Community Partner Coordinator, Whitney Glotfelty, is happy to talk with you about the program and explore opportunities to collaborate. Contact her by email at

Requirements for the CommUNITY Partner Program

  • A commitment to play an active role as a co-educator of WVU students.
  • Partners will be asked to meet or talk with our Community Partner Coordinator about your organization’s goals as well as complete a Memorandum of Understanding before entering into official partnership with the CCE. There is no cost.
  • Attend a new CCE Partner training session to learn how to use iServe effectively, access partner benefits, engage service-learning students from academic courses, and make the most of your partnership. If you cannot make a session, alternate arrangements can be made.
  • Ensure safe and supervised volunteer placements that contribute to student learning, development, and civic engagement.
  • Provide orientation to your organization's mission and the population being served so volunteers understand the value of their service.
  • Convey important policies and behavior expectations before service begins. Ensure volunteers have adequate training and someone to approach with questions to successfully complete tasks.
  • Maintain communication with the CCE regarding contact changes, or any concerns that arise related to a service experience.
  • Agree to use the iServe volunteer management platform. Encourage all WVU community members to log hours on the system as this data is extremely valuable to the CCE and to you as a partner.
  • Approval or denial of service hours submitted by students is generally expected to be completed within 5 business days. The CCE strongly recommends that WVU volunteers sign in and out at your site to help provide accurate records of their service; or that you use iServe's electronic check-in feature.
  • In the spirit of a reciprocal partnership, support our Center by participating in occasional networking events, special trainings, promotional events on campus and special days of service.
  • Support the CCE in data collection by completing occasional surveys and assessments when requested.
  • Partners who opt to work with service-learning class groups may be asked to participate in student grading for some courses. We view our community partners as “community educators” and want you to know that your evaluation of student performance, attitude, and attendance can potentially play an integral part in the student’s semester grade. You are considered the co-educator while students are serving out of the classroom!
  • Participation in service-learning courses requires submission of evaluation and contracts by particular due dates as the academic calendar at WVU dictates much of the student project and participation schedules. Please adhere to due dates.

  • Volunteer placements must adhere to WVU Board of Governors Policy 44: West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment.

This page contains resources for our official community and campus partners for whom we have a Memorandum of Understanding on file. If you represent a community organization or campus unit and would like to explore a partnership with the CCE, contact CommUNITY Partner Coordinator Whitney Glotfelty at 

New! Community Partner Guide: Working with Student Volunteers

Access your Partner Benefits!

  • Share an announcement with the WVU Community about an event or special volunteer opportunity: Announcement Form
  • Free Classified Ads! Do you have a service, opportunity, or event you want to share with students? Our official non-profit community partners can run a free classified ad in the Daily Athenaeum, WVU's Independent Newspaper! 40 word limit. Send to and be sure to identify yourself as a partner of the Center for Service and Learning. 
  • Board Service: Would you like to invite WVU Staff, Faculty, Graduate or Law Students to serve on your board? We will help get the word out. Board Member Request Form
  • Mountainlair Rooms: Our Official Community Partners may be able to use rooms in the Mountainlair at little or no cost; subject to space availability and policies: Submit a Mountainlair Reservation Request
  • Connect with an Athletic Team:  Would you enjoy having a WVU Varsity Athletic Team serve at your site or special event? Fall 2020, Virtual service only. Request Service from an Athletic Team!
  • WVU Surplus Items Available: Official CCE Community Non-Profit Partners may Opt-In to be Offered Items from WVU Surplus!
  • Hire Federal Work-Study Students to work in your community site: Federal Work-Study is a federally funded program that allows eligible students to earn funds working part-time with approved employers on and off campus. The program is mutually beneficial — the student earns money to pay for college while their employer gains a helpful hand. Pay rates start at $11.00 per hour for work-studies hired in a community partner position. Eligible community sites include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, and federal, state, or local government agencies serving in the public interest. To learn more about the program and how you can participate, please visit the WVU Federal Work-Study webpage. If you have any questions, contact the Mountaineer Hub.
  • Find a funding opportunity!  Through our Partnership with WVU Libraries, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation Center Online has made FDO Essentials grants database available to our partners through an encrypted link. Please contact Research Librarian, Alyssa Wright for that information. Campus partners and WVU students have access, via the campus library system, to the professional version of the Foundation Directory Online with their WVU login credentials. 
  • Post Internship or Job Opportunities on Handshake - Contact if you have questions after reviewing the Get Started Guide
  • Don't miss out on invitations and opportunities due to a staffing or role change! Send us a Contact Info Update Form

iServe Links

    Guides and Tools

    Service-Learning Documents

    You will receive electronic versions of these documents when you work with a group of service-learning students from a WVU course.

    Service Learning Articles

    Any questions regarding the CommUNITY Partner Program can be directed to CommUNITY Partner Coordinator Whitney Glotfelty at 

    Upcoming Events

    March 23rd 2021  4PM-6PM Volunteer Engagement Fair. Virtual Event presented in partnership with WVU Career Services. 

    April 29th 2021 2PM-3PM Hiring Community Based Federal Work-Study Students. Learn how your nonprofit or agency may benefit from hiring federally funded work-study students, currently at no cost to you.