The Feinstein Civic Engagement Program is committed to working with community partners in various ways in order to meet the needs of Rhode Island communities. Several methods of collaboration are listed below. Feel free to contact us at any point with questions about additional opportunities to work in partnership with us.
Clearinghouse for Volunteers
The Clearinghouse for Volunteers works to assist individual students, student groups and classes find one-time or long-term service projects in the community. The Clearinghouse provides updates to our students through their facebook page and the URI student volunteer group URI S.A.V.E.S. Our updates will be pulled from RhodyNet postings (see below). If you have an urgent volunteer need you can email email@example.com.
URI S.A.V.E.S. (URI Students Actively Volunteering and Engaging in Service)
URI SAVES is the volunteering club on campus and is an active group of students that complete 3-5 service projects per month. They also manage a listserv and meet weekly to inform members of volunteer needs in the community. Many agencies have sent rave reviews for the work of these volunteers as they bring an unparalleled level of excitement and energy to the projects and agencies with which they serve! To connect with the URI SAVES club please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
URI Career Services provides RhodyNet, a software system which allows partners to post free job, internship and volunteer opportunities as well as career/job fair information and registration, on-campus interview schedule request and management and a University student/alumni search function. All partners/employers can now post their own positions easily by logging in through the Career Services main homepage.
AmeriCorps: Scholarships for Service Civic Fellows
Students have the opportunity to participate in a part-time AmeriCorps program called Scholarships for Service Civic Fellows. Through SFS, students complete 300 hours of service over one year with 150 of those hours being completed at one community agency. In return, upon completion of the 300 hours of service the Corps Member receives a $1175 education award. Contact Sarah Miller if you would like to host one or two of these volunteers.
The Feinstein Experience
Starting September 2012, URI will be launching the Feinstein Experience, a period of time during the fall semester dedicated to service. Formally kicking off on Saturday, September 29th and running through Saturday, November 17th, The Feinstein Experience will include an estimated 75 service projects open to ALL URI students, faculty and staff. The goal of the Feinstein Experience is to engage the URI campus members in meaningful service experiences that meet real needs in our communities. This experience will create bonds between students, faculty, staff and community members, while also fostering in our students an enhanced awareness about, and responsibility to respond to, community issues.
The Feinstein Experience is an expanded and enhanced version of the URI 101 Feinstein Enriching America Program (FEAP). Since 1994, FEAP provided URI 101 freshman the opportunity to serve the community as part of their URI 101 freshman seminar course and has provided an average of 10,000 hours of service each fall. The Feinstein Experience will still include this group of students but will now also be open for all interested student volunteers. This will allow Feinstein Office to provide more service opportunities to students and the ability to meet more community needs. If you have worked with the URI FEAP in the past we will be honoring and working with all partnerships that we have maintained through the that program but are now able to accommodate both large and small volunteer needs. Contact Sarah Miller for more information on how to participate and list your project as part of The Feinstein Experience!
Service Learning Classes
Many classes at the University of Rhode Island have an optional or required service learning component. Service Learning is a type of experiential education that extends the walls of the classroom out into the community, creating a structured environment for students to meet community needs while applying classroom theory to practice. The community need or issue addressed is intentionally chosen in order to allow students the opportunity to make connections to the course curriculum and/or their intended major. If you are interested in finding a service learning partnership or have a unique opportunity you believe would be a great fit for a service learning option, contact Sarah Miller.
If you are interested in any of the opportunities above or would like additional information contact Sarah Miller at 401-874-7422 or email@example.com.
Additional Online Resources:
Community Campus Partnerships for Health
Community-Campus Partnership Research Project
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
National Society for Experiential Education