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What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities - local, regional, state, national, global - for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Students Who Serve...

  • Rethink how they learn and why they value their education
  • Become involved in their communities by helping to identify and solve problems
  • Learn about our increasingly varied and changing world
  • Develop resourcefulness, a stronger inner self, and a clearer sense of personal identity
  • Become active learners rather than passive learners
  • Understand unique cultures and the people within them
  • Build closer connections between their campus and environment
  • Are more likely to succeed in their future careers
  • Gain significant real-life experience
  • Increase team-building skills by serving with other students and community members

Faculty Resources

Service Learning Guide

Service on the Radio

 

Listen to Katie Wheeler discuss Service Learning projects at PPCC, including...

  • Partnering with the Boys and Girls club
  • Working with the local homeless community
  • Hosting a spooky haunted house

Click to listen to the radio clip!

 


ListofPartners

 More Ways to Serve:

Organization: Contact: Phone/Email: Volunteer Needs/Website:
Big Brother, Big Sister Nick Maiurro

(719) 568-4857

NickM@biglittlecolorado.org

Youth mentoring opportunities

www.BigLittleColorado.org

Boys & Girls Club

Maurice Henson

Jrace Rider

(719) 570-7077

mhenson@bgcppr.org; jrider@bgcppr.org

Youth development activities & mentoring

www.bgcppr.org/volunteer

CASA of Pikes Peak Region Uriko Stout

719-447-9898  ext 1060

UrikoS@casappr.org

Advocacy opportunities, educational and enrichment opportunities for children; and more

https://www.casappr.org/volunteer-colorado-springs/

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Doug Rouse

719-636-2345

volunteerofficeWccharitiescc.org; drouse@ccharitiescc.org 

Various opportunities including: Marion House Soup Kitchen, & Handing out sack lunches.

More info and volunteer form at: https://www.ccharitiescc.org/donate/volunteer/

Catholic Volunteer Network

Cassie Kienbaum

(301) 270-0900

ckienbaum@catholicvolunteernetwork.org

Many opportunities in the U.S. and abroad

catholicvolunteernetwork.org/choose-service

Children's Literacy Center

Sandy McGraw

(719) 471-8672

sandy@childrensliteracycenter.org

Tutoring one-on-one in reading to children.

www.childrensliteracycenter.org/volunteer-to-tutor

Colorado Mission of Mercy

Pam

(720) 648-0919

pamcomom@gmail.com

Staffing events, Dental assisting

comom.org/volunteer

Cool Science Marc Straub

719-964-1042

marc@coolscience.org

Assisting with student science demonstrations; Annual Cool Science Carnival, and more

https://www.coolscience.org/

The Council of Neighborhood Organizations Sara

(719) 471-3105

sara@cono.org

Revitalizing neighborhoods

www.cscono.org

Discover Goodwill

Grace Vigil

(719) 785-9229

gvigil@discovermygoodwill.org

Processing donations, and much more

Marketing Intern (word document)

Volunteer Opportunities (word document)

www.discovermygoodwill.org/get-involved/volunteer

Haseya Advocate Program  

 

Addressing violence against women

http://www.haseya.org

Head Start Delberta Uvalle

719-232-5406

duvalle@cpcd.org

Classroom volunteers, office administrative support, group projects

https://www.cpcdheadstart.org

Inside Out: LGBTQ Youth Services Tyescha Clark

(719) 400-5582

tyescha@insideoutys.org

Seeking supportive and outgoing individuals age 25+ to facilitate center hours and drop-in programming; event assistance, and more.

https://www.insideoutys.org/volunteer/

Junior Achievement

Lauren Kunze

(719) 636-2474 x 1025

lauren.kunze@ja.org

Staffing for events

www.juniorachievement.org

Kingdom Builders Family Life Center Lisa Jenkins

(719) 464-6676

info@kingdombuildersfamilylifecenter.org

Staffing community events

kingdombuildersfamilylifecenter.org

Mission Medical Center

Barb Cronin

(719) 219-3402

barb.cronin@missionmedicalclinic.org

Assisting the uninsured with healthcare

www.missionmedicalclinic.org/volunteer

More Than A Meal Inc.

Randy Sirota

(719) 447-5009

morethanamealcs@gmail.com

Setting up, Serving food, General support

www.morethanameal.org

Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence

Shawna Dusharm

(719) 309-4715

 

Greeting, Connecting, and Caring for veterans

veteranscenter.org/volunteer

Pikes Peak Children's Museum    education@pikespeakchildrensmuseum.org

To see the volunteer opportunities available:

https://tinyurl.com/PPCMVolunteer

PPCC Office of Sustainability Konrad Schlarbaum

(719) 502-2342

sustainability@ppcc.edu

Cleaning the creek, and much more

www.ppcc.edu/sustainability

The Red Cross Ashley Turner

(719) 439-2029

ashley.turner@redcross.org

Emergency aid workers

www.redcross.org/local/colorado/volunteer

The Resource Exchange

Jen De Franco 

HR Director

(719) 785-6441

Jdefranco@tre.org

Support operations, Community-based research

Volunteer Needs: Break Time (children’s respite program), Go Baby Go, other fundraising and marketing activities.

www.tre.org

Rocky Mountain Field Institute

Savannah Robar

Volunteer & Partnership Coordinator

719-471-7736 ext. 4
savannah@rmfi.org

Environmental stewardship opportunities for a variety of volunteers ranging in age, skill, and interest.

https://www.rmfi.org/learn-about-volunteering

Rogers Reading Buddies

Julie O'Dell

(719) 328-3300

odll@d11.org

Reading with elementary school students

www.d11.org

Ronald McDonald House

Charities

Emily Odiwuor

(719) 375-3871

emily@rmhcsoutherncolorado.org

Office support, Staffing family rooms

www.rmhc.org/volunteer

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Katie Dobbins

(303) 444-2424

katie@safehousealliance.org

Staffing events, Fundraising, and more

www.safehousealliance.org

Salvation Army

Alma Scott

(719) 636-5266

raewyn.aspeitia@usw.salvationarmy.org

Doing activities with kids, Processing donations

coloradosprings.salvationarmy.org

Stable Strides Sav Shopay

719-495-3908 ex. 105

s.shopay@stablestrides.org

 

Volunteer to help with in our adaptive riding or hippotherapy programs, at events, and working in our office. 

www.stablestrides.org/volunteer/

SET Family Medical Clinics

Peggy Herbertson

(719) 776-8850

peggyherbertson@centura.org

Writing patient stories for clinic newsletter

www.centura.org/locations/set-family-medical-clinic

United Way

 

 

 

https://www.ppunitedway.org/i-can-volunteer/

 

 

Victory Service Dogs Travis Nelson

(719) 351-4797

travis.nelson86@yahoo.com

Fostering a service dog, Office support, Event staffing

victorysd.org/volunteer

Westside CARES

Debra Mitgaurd

719-389-0759 Ext. 108

debra.mitgaurd@westsidecares.org

Front desk reception, Advocating for neighbors

westsidecares.org/volunteer