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Engaging with communities not only addresses immediate challenges but also builds unity, creating a more equitable and vibrant society. The P2A program has allowed me to apply these values to my daily life, allowing me to live by my goals and act on them rather than just dream of them. I am forever grateful for my experience.

Purpose2Action Participant

Cohort 2, Spring 2023

The WVU Purpose2Action (P2A) program is a paid community engagement experience that places Pell-eligible undergraduates with non-profit and public sector organizations to work on mission-driven projects. WVU undergraduate students from any field of study and academic year who are eligible to receive the Pell grant are encouraged to apply.

The P2A program stems from the Provost’s Academic Innovation Summit held in the Fall of 2021 as a response to a pressing need within our community, driven by a commitment to enhancing the academic experience, nurturing career skills, promoting mental health, and fostering a sense of belonging. At the heart of this endeavor was the desire to transform higher education and create meaningful opportunities for students in our community, particularly students who often face barriers due to financial stability. Named Purpose2Action, this program set out to empower Pell-eligible students to discover their purpose and contribute to our local communities by placing students in meaningful, paid opportunities with WVU community partners.

Our host organizations (current WVU Center for Community Engagement community partners) address a wide range of social issues and work with a variety of populations locally and throughout West Virginia.

There are three available stages of the P2A program that students may work through:

  1. Stage 1: P2A

    Students begin in our traditional P2A program, being placed through a holistic process with a community partner with whom they will work alongside for a full semester. Additionally, this cohort of students learn more about critical personal and professional growth skills through development sessions, complete reflective exercises, and receive peer mentorship and guidance throughout their journey.

  2. Stage 2: P2A+

    Students are then given the opportunity to reapply for P2A+, an additional semester-long extension. Students in P2A+ frequently remain with the same partner, though at times, they may wish to experience a different pathway, which we also support. P2A+ participants continue to receive mentorship and growth opportunities, while also completing a reflective portfolio of their work.

  3. Stage 3: P2A Mentor

    Finally, we most recently have begun to utilize a peer mentor model, with students who have completed both P2A and P2A+ remaining in the program as ambassadors and mentors to their fellow students, while continuing to work with and for the community.

Students: Are you interested in giving back to your community? Would you like to volunteer more but also need financial support? Are you service-focused or have an interest in non-profit work? Would you like the opportunity to find a job that meets your passions, interests, and skills? Then this program is a fit for you. If interested in participating in Purpose2Action, please fill out the Qualtrics Interest Form below.

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59% Increased Sense of Belonging
76% Increased Sense of Community Engagement
41% Increase in Development of Resilience Skills
34% Increase in Comfort on Campus
92% of Partners noted their communication skills also increased

Students who have completed the Purpose2Action Program:

Brinleigh Bailey – PACE Enterprises

Garrett Bender – Morgantown Public Library System

Sonny DeMasi – Mon County Solid Waste Authority

Oscar Gabriel Enriquez – Mon Valley Habitat for Humanity

Makel Galloway – Sundale Nursing Home

Dylan Gay – Catholic Charities WV

Mackenzie Hickey – Scott’s Run Settlement House

Kera-Jen Hindman – OLLI at WVU

Chloe Hatfield – The Shack Neighborhood House

Elizabeth Hausafus – Mountaineer Spay Neuter Assistance Program (M-SNAP)

Derek Johnson – Operation Welcome Home

Corissa Raike – The Shack Neighborhood House

Samuel (Colin) Crowder – Old Hemlock Foundation

Kristen Kleiner – CASA for Kids of Mon and Preston Counties

Elizabeth Lingo – Project Healthy Kids, Inc.

Mei Melton – WVU Nursery School and SteppingStones

Katie Merrill – WVU Nursery School and SteppingStones

Brianna Myers – Milan Puskar Health Right

Morgan Vance – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance WV

Roberto Quimi Rodriguez – Morgantown Public Library System

Chase (Quinn) Reid – WVU Nursery School and SteppingStones

Leah Rogers – Project Healthy Kids, Inc.

Maya Saxton - Libera

Sarah Seye – Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center

Danielle Stull – Human-Animal Bond

Gabrielle Washington – The Foundry

Madison Witmer – Operation Welcome Home

Melanie Zanabria – Sundale Nursing Home

Kaitlyn Harmison – The Shack Neighborhood House

Omar Ibraheem – PACE Enterprises

Jada Jeter – The Foundry

Chancelor Winter – Human Resource Development Foundation

Students who have completed the Purpose2Action+ Program:

Samuel (Colin) Crowder – Christian Help

Oscar Gabriel Enriquez – CASA for Kids of Mon & Preston Counties

Mackenzie Hickey – Scott’s Run Settlement House

Omar Ibraheem – American Red Cross

Derek Johnson – Operation Welcome Home

Elizabeth Lingo – Project Healthy Kids, Inc.

Katie Merrill – Lauren’s Wish Addiction Triage Center

Chase (Quinn) Reid – Human-Animal Bond

Students who have completed the Purpose2Action Mentor Program:

Elizabeth Lingo – Project Healthy Kids, Inc.