Community Partner Clearinghouse

A Resource to Promote College-Community Partnerships

Faculty members and students seeking service-learning collaborations with community organizations can browse the self-identified community needs from the organizations listed below.

Community agencies can promote their partnership needs by completing the Community Partner Project Proposal Survey. Information from the surveys will be added to the potential projects listing below.

Recently Identified Areas of Need & Potential Projects:

1. The Coastal Outreach Soccer (COS) program is a coordinated effort involving the Glynn County School System, Brunswick Recreation Department and local certified coaches. COS was founded in 2004 and, by 2005, the program was providing activities for 60 underserved and underprivileged youth annually. Today, COS teams play at a competitive level against soccer clubs throughout South Georgia and North Florida. Moreover, educational mentoring that is a core ingredient of the program has helped COS players stay academically on track and has played a part in enabling a number of players to earn full athletic scholarships upon graduation.

COS is undertaking an initiative to overhaul its curriculum in the areas of literacy and writing, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), life skills, and positive choices.This collaboration is a good fit for teacher education candidates or psychology, science, and mathematics students. COS is hoping to complete the curriculum overhaul by the end of fall 2017.

For more information, contact: Shawn Williams at cos-admin@hotmail.com

2. The Brunswick Downtown Development Authority (Brunswick DDA) works to assure the long term stability of Downtown Brunswick by promoting economic growth and community activities to bring people downtown and to preserve and enhance the distinct character of our port city.

The projects that could come from working with the Brunswick DDA are incredibly vast. Our main objective is bridging gaps between CCGA students and downtown Brunswick. However, other projects could include primary education outreach, managing marketing strategies and outlets, homelessness research and outreach, street cleaning program orchestration, volunteer program management, and more. All of our projects lean towards students with a moderate to advanced understanding of their study. However, our interest is depended on a student's ability to be dedicated and not their expertise.

For the students involved in our projects, the most obvious gain a student will have is real-world experience. These students will also experience immediate results for their decisions both positive and negative. They will be integrated into a community which directly serves over 15,000 people and can become familiar with some weight of responsibility to a community while under the wing of an internship. These activities, whatever area a student aspires to accomplish, will be compelling focal points for a resume, expressing abilities to collaborate with multiple organizations, develop projects with extended time frames, and a medium to express and discover their own strong suits in their field for any future employer.

For more information, contact: Harvest Hale at hhale@cityofbrunswick-ga.gov or (912) 223-8782

3. Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) is a Keep America Beautiful and Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation affiliate that provides litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling, community greening, water resource and educational programming and activities to Brunswick and Glynn County citizens.

KGIB is currently seeking partnerships that further the above stated goals through education, natural sciences, and the arts.

For more information, contact: Lea King-Badyna at info.kbgib@gmail.com or (912) 279-140

4. The Grace House of Brunswick, Inc. is a long term, residential recovery home for women with drug and alcohol addiction who wish to learn to live clean and sober.

The women here are in need to anything that may help them broaden their horizons, get healthy, feel enjoyment and show them a different life from drug an alcohol addiction. Opportunities for partnership include, but are not limited to: education, art, and physical activities.

For more information, contact: Linda Rigazio at linda@gracehousebrunswick.org or (912) 275-7862

5. Fort Frederica National Monument was established as a unit of the National Park Service in 1936. The park preserves, protects, and interprets the remains and archeological record of Fort Frederica, a British colonial settlement. The national monument consist of two separate sites, the primary site of Fort Frederica on the banks of the Frederica River and the smaller Battle of Bloody Marsh site roughly 6 miles from the main unit. Together, these two sites include approximately 282 acres that comprise the national monument.

Re-opening of the nature trail at Fort Frederica National Monument would create a resource for the community and link to the existing bike paths in the area. Assistance with this project would be greatly appreciated. Several marketing and advocacy projects would also be helpful.

For more information, contact: Steve Theus at steve_theus@nps.gov or (912) 638-3639

6. True Freedom Learning Center (Camden) strives to meet the diverse needs of our community and to encourage the development of "the whole child" through education, unparalleled daycare services, art, music, literacy, advocacy, financial guidance, family services, mentoring and more.

College students would be involved in observing and participating in our programs: observing teaching strategies, playing games with the children as they learn, tutoring after school, etc. A moderate amount of expertise would be needed as well as a lot of patience and energy. We have a certified teacher trainer who oversees our Pre-K program and another who oversees the tutoring program. Your students would benefit from their knowledge and experience. We would welcome student teachers providing a basic level of conversational Spanish also.

For more information, contact: Loretta Hutchinson at flhutchinson07@yahoo.com or (912) 882-6899

7. The International Seafarers' Center seeks to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the crew members on board the commercial vessels which come to the Port of Brunswick.

The organization could use help to developing their social media and advocacy effort, especially in regard to utilizing social media to bring in more long-term volunteers.

For more information, contact: Robert Randall at rrandall@seafarerscenter.org or (912) 267-7797

8. Glynn County Family Connection is a cross sector collaborative that consists of over 50 community and regional partners with a mission to improve the well-being and health conditions of families through a collaborative system of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual supports. Together, members of the Collaborative identify issues and gaps affecting our community and determine how we can best work together to bridge those gaps.

There is a need to provide information and education about resources for low income families. Students would be exposed to those in the low income community to examine new ways of communication. And, they would also be involved in creative problem solving on key issues. Communications is a primary need. We need to reach low income families with vital information about resources and services available. We need creative communications channels to spread the word in the community about things such as resources for health and education services to the low income community.

For more information, contact: Melinda Ennis-Roughton at melinda.fcglynn@gmail.com or (404) 729-1446

9. Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts develop skills and explore interests through innovative programming in five focus areas: Financial Literacy; STEM/STEAM; Healthy Living; Environmental Stewardship; and Global Citizenship. Potential service-learning projects include:

Community Garden - the community need that will be met is more fresh vegetables and fruits on low income family tables. Potential impacts on student learning will be a better understanding of local government processes, business input, and planning skills.

CPR/First Aid Training - the community need that will be met is more adults trained to save lives. Potential impact on student learning is learning how to instruct and teach adults lifesaving skills. The level of student expertise would be moderate to advanced.

I am a G.I.F.T. - the community need expectations would be more girls and adults aware of domestic abuse signs, child trafficking issues, homelessness issues, self-defense options and counseling available. Potential student learning impact would be a greater awareness of their community and its needs for different areas of advocacy and care.

Netiquette - Community needs that would be met are more social media and internet safety skills gained by the younger generation. Potential impact on the students would be alternative communication skills and experience in different teaching method.

Financial Literacy - Potential impact on student learning learning to manage money, making change, establishing a checking account, balancing a checkbook, how to write a check.

Running/Nutrition Club - Community needs that would be met are more healthy life skills gained by the younger generation.

Series Program - Community needs that would be met are more life skills gained by the younger generation. Student would create and implement a 6-8 week program that runs in the middle schools, high schools, or at the Boys & Girls Clubs to teach girls a life skill such as sewing, cooking, money management, knitting, crocheting, simple home repairs or other ideas.

For more information, contact: Shannon Farnsworth at sfarnsworth@gshg.org or (912) 988-8654

10. The mission of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Glynn County is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The CIS model utilizes targeted and sustained intervention services and resources for students that are case managed. Typically student goals are to decrease behavioral referrals, improve attendance and academic performance; thus leading to grade promotion and ultimately to on-time graduation with a marketable skill and plans for the future whether that be military, technical school, or college. Potential opportunities include:

- Tutors and Mentors for ages K-12
- Projects that involve educating students and/or their families on healthy living
- Provide coordination of or support for school supply and snack drives

For more information, contact: Casey Cate at ccate@cisglynn.org or (912) 262-3420

11. The Gathering Place (GP) is a faith-based student leadership mentoring organization. Their mission is to reach students with the Gospel, equip them to be effective leaders, and send them to impact communities in a positive way.

The GP's RISE programs connects college students with local high school students for student mentoring. College students go to local high school and meet with selected, at-risk students for one hour each week during the school day. The purpose of this program is to encourage the high school students. It's our hope these college students help the high school students see that graduation is possible and attainable.

For more information, contact: Kris Dockery at kris@thegp.org or (912) 674-5078

12. The mission of Safe Harbor Children's Center is to provide shelter and therapeutic services to children who’ve been abused, abandoned or neglected; who are homeless or have run away from home; or who are otherwise at risk or feel threatened.

Safe Harbor is looking for a range of partnerships with the College and with our faculty and students. Projects for Safe Harbor residents or homeless youth can include:

- Academic/educational, life skill, tutoring/mentoring, or expressive programs;
- Creating a business model for a clothing shop utilizing a voucher system for residents and homeless youth;
- Assistance with homeless youth and street outreach, advocacy, and research; and many more...

For more information, contact: Beth Ann Bushon at bbushon@safeharborcenterinc.org or (912) 289-9940

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