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:

In-Person Projects/Events with service rendered on-site or at an event

Indirect/Virtual Projects with projects deliverables over the web

Forward Brunswick

Forward Brunswick is a civic-level vehicle for dialogue and discussion, supporting the economic and community development of downtown Brunswick, GA. Forward Brunswick’s purpose is to foster economic vitality for all Brunswick communities, residents, and stakeholders.

  • Contact: Erin Granados | Erin@forwardbrunswick.org | (678) 357-0343 | P.O. Box 458, Brunswick, GA 31521
  • In-Person Projects/Events:
    1. Participation and information gathering from community meetings
    2. Many of the projects listed below can have in-person meetings/components
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
    1. Create a map and informational inventory of all properties west of the rail line from Torras Marina to Liberty Harbor. Property detail should provide data to assist with a study for long term health of Brunswick. Much of the data is readily available but compilation into a cleaner and more consumable resource is needed.
    2. Perform a study of the downtown Brunswick Westside properties and provide recommendations for the long term health of Brunswick. Recommend change considerations that will contribute to Brunswick's current and future economic vitality.
    3. Research and analysis of the successes and challenges of trail building and how they contribute to communities
    4. Content creation for blog postings
      • Historical creative writing stories about Brunswick
      • Trivia-type creative writing stories about features within Brunswick (History, environmental, etc.)
    5. Helping create a business plan, marketing, and social media
    6. Additional work connecting Forward Brunswick with the Land Bank and Tax Allocation District
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing
Oak Grove Cemetery Society

Oak Grove Cemetery Society works to monitor, protect, and provide maintenance on perhaps one of Brunswick’s oldest Victorian public cemeteries.

  • Contact: Marcie Jones | JonesOnSSI@yahoo.com | (912) 574-9144 | 1500 Mansfield St., Brunswick, GA
  • In-Person Projects/Events:
    1. Collecting oral histories and converting them to stories for reading or listening
    2. Providing walking tours of the site.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
    1. Historical research into who is buried in the cemetery
    2. Educational lesson plans around what is known about the cemetery
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing

The Brunswick African American Cultural Center
  • Contact: Aundra Fuller | Director | info@baacc.org | 912-289-5305 or 912-571-7730
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Research, social media, membership recruitment, volunteer projects, artistic activities, and internships. Student collaboration involves participation in planned projects, intergenerational involvement opportunities, cultural education, internships, youth engagement in creating local heritage, and building on community development.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Our mission and vision is to preserve African American History in the city of Brunswick and County of Glynn as it pertains to the mainland area. Our current projects are :
    1. Creating a Timeline for the exhibit area of our building, which includes historic information dating from 1739.
    2. A documentary film documenting the local African American historical story.
    3. Planning our Second Annual Heritage Walk down historic Albany St on February 6, 2021
    4. Creating exhibits and oral stories collections
    5. Museum design
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
  • Additional Considerations: Regarding faculty collaboration local African American history is in serious danger of being lost from lack of preservation and documentation in Brunswick. The BAACC addresses this issue of developing, maintaining, and protecting this cultural heritage. To survive this loss requires relevant community stakeholders', knowledge, skills and resources to forge this community development project. We want to put an emphasis on education about local history. We would like for the College to come together to work with us to save this unique heritage.

Brunswick Downtown Development Authority
  • Contact: Mathew Hill | Executive Director | mhill@cityofbrunswick-ga.gov | 912-265-4032
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Promoting and building the presence of produce vendors at the farmer’s market to be able to provide healthy food to snap/ebt recipients and market patrons. We are working with Dr. Danielle Shelton’s “Clean your Plate” healthy food initiative and the Georgia Fresh for Less program. This might be an avenue for students to assist with marketing as well as operation.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: See above
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing

St. Mark's Towers
  • Contact: Joni Bennett, Activity Director | 912.267.7125 | 1 Towers Plaza, Brunswick, GA 31520
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Health, fitness, or mental health topics would be very helpful for us.Ideas for easy to prepare, inexpensive meals are another area of need.
  • Safety Protocols: Our facility is restricted to essential personnel only so we cannot host any in-person events until further notice.
Glynn County Public Works and Parks Maintenance
  • Contact: Dave Austin | daustin@glynncounty-ga.gov | 912-554-7701
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Neighborhood survey to determine what type of Park Upgrades the neighborhood would like to see added at their local county park
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Web input on County Park Improvement ideas
  • Safety Protocols: Hand washing, using sanitizer
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia
  • Contact: Brian Dolan | bgcglynn@gmail.com
  • In-Person Projects/Events: In service, training, service-learning, education
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Open to ideas
  • Safety Protocols: Background check
Satilla Riverkeeper
  • Contact: Laura Early | Executive Director | riverkeeper@satillariverkeeper.org
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
    1. Planning virtual education and outreach events;
    2. Social media marketing;
    3. Grant writing;
    4. Trash cleanups
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
  • Additional Considerations: Students may need resources, such as access to GIS and literature resources for research
Glynn County Animal Control
  • Contact: Tiffani Hill | Manager | (912) 554-7501 | thill@glynncounty-ga.gov
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Create "day in the life" videos for shelter staff and Field Officers
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
    1. Create a PSA about the new humane dog tethering ordinance;
    2. Research and compile statistics regarding pet ownership in Glynn County and create a video or live stream meeting of their findings;
    3. Research, write, and create written and/or video PSAs about different responsible pet ownership topics: a) Importance of animal ID tags and microchipping, b) Disaster preparedness for all types of pets, for domestic pets and farm animals (E.g., horses, livestock, etc.), c) Importance of spay/neuter, d) Importance of fun activities (enrichment) for pets;
    4. Edit and properly format our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
    5. Compile appendix lists for our disaster preparedness and emergency evacuation plan
    6. Record videos reading children's books relating to responsible pet ownership and being safe around dogs that we can put on our website for parents to watch with their kids
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, hand washing, signed liability waiver
Golden Isles YMCA
  • Contact: Foster Hayes | Branch Director | 912-438-9124 | foster.hayes@ymcaofcoastalga.org
  • In-Person Projects/Events: We have several things that students could do around our facility from outside lawn care/design and building maintenance to activities with our children in our after school programs
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
Safe Harbor Children's Center
  • Contact: Lutas LaBarba | Program Director | lalkhadra@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-289-9940
  • In-Person Projects/Events: The residents of Safe Harbor will benefit from mentors or activities with kids, whether on-site or off-site.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Educational groups via zoom. College students or personnel can discuss/explore majors and college options with our residents.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, background check.
Safe Harbor Family Preservation
  • Contact: Alician Black | Program Director/Family Support Advocate | ablack@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912.230.5034
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Students can answer calls, send emails to community providers, organize files, provide appropriate paperwork to clients, and assist family support advocates with life skill services.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Students can call clients virtually and inform them of community events beneficial to the family and/or follow up with clients that are using community resources.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver, background check.
Safe Harbor Street Outreach
  • Contact: Jeff Clark | Street Outreach Director | jclark@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-289-9741
  • In-Person Projects/Events: The Street Outreach Programs focus is to provide assistance to individuals and families who are homeless. It provides connection opportunities to at risk youth.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Interviewing and Developing individualized and family case plans. Providing dealing with homelessness, family reunification, employment opportunities (work force development) and life skills.
  • Safety Protocols: Background check
Young Life Glynn County
  • Contact: Jack Key | Area Director | 912-324-6982
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Going through our leader training program and serving as a Young Life leader in a local school for at least 1-2 years.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver, background check
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center and Connie Smith Rape Crisis Center
  • Contact: Hannah Evors, LCSW | Program Director | hevors@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-415-7101
  • In-Person Projects/Events: We have a crisis line used for both emergency child abuse cases and adult sexual assault. The crisis line is manned 24/7 by volunteers. We do require a 30 hour in person training before anyone is able to begin as a crisis line volunteer due to the nature of the work. The work that we do is extremely confidential.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver, background check, drug screening, COVID-19 testing
Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
  • Contact: Kalista Morton | (912) 261-7979
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Food distribution and delivery to senior shut ins
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Advocacy and information sharing/communications
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing
Zach's Place
  • Contact: Dr. Sherzine McKenzie | Program Director, Runaway & Homeless Youth | smckenzie@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-342-7068
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Interact with the children, working with the case managers
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Materials and donation collections for the children (food, school supplies, book bags, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Safety Protocols: Social distancing
  • Additional Considerations: Students must be dependable and responsible when dedicating service hours to Zach's Place.

Jekyll Island Authority Conservation Department
  • Contact: Joseph Colbert, CWBÂ | Wildlife Biologist | 912.635.4187
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Our most important focus this year is to enhance our seed collection capabilities and to further develop a native plant seed bank for restoration and habitat reclamation projects that are coming up in the future. We only have the bandwidth to take on a single intern from any institution during the summer, we'd love to take on interns in the Fall and Spring from CCGA to enhance our ability to provide professional development to young professionals.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Open to suggestions
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver, background check
  • Additional Considerations: For an internship to work with us, we need a dedicated individual that can reliably work with us 2-3 days a week during a dedicated semester. We are also open to working with faculty on class projects that involve field trips or repeated sampling.
YMCA of Coastal Georgia / McIntosh County YMCA
  • Contact: Carly Lawson | Program Director | carly.lawson@ymcaofcoastalga.org | 912-437-9622
  • In-Person Projects/Events:
  • 1) Activities, lessons, events with our YBASE after school program at Todd Grant Elementary;
  • 2) Buddy workouts, member events within our fitness floor and weight area.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver, background check
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful
  • Contact: Lea King-Badyna | info.kbgib@gmail.com | 912-279-1490
  • In-Person Projects/Events: "Special Cleanups" - litter cleanups of habitually littered ecologically sensitive areas - such as under bridges, near boat ramps and fishing piers, etc. KGIB provides location info, all supplies, and arranges to have the bagged trash removed.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Assisting as KGIB social media ambassadors - forwarding our social media content via their social media platforms.
  • Safety Protocols: Social distancing, signed liability waiver; KGIB provides hand sanitizer and gloves.
Sparrow's Nest Food Pantry
  • Contact: Sabra Slade | (912) 261-8512 ext 110
  • In-Person Projects/Events:
    1. We have ongoing food donations that come from the community, we check in those food items, check dates to make sure they are still good and stock shelves. From time to time, we can use additional help with this.
    2. We also have occasional home delivery requests for food if someone is elderly or doesn't have transportation. This could be a student who is on-call for those requests when they come our way.
    3. We also are part of a large food drive in November in conjunction with a child pageant. They have asked that we have volunteers weigh all the food that is donated. This event is Saturday, Nov 14th in the morning. I'll have more details as it gets closer.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver; When the food pantry is open to the public, we serve guests requesting food outside. Only our volunteers and staff are inside the building.
  • Additional Considerations: Many times are volunteer needs come up with a few days or a week’s notice, so it may not be a weekly structured time as need for volunteers may vary. All volunteers need to apply on Faithworks Ministry's website by clicking here.

4-H Tidelands Nature Center
  • Contact: Dawn Zenkert | Tidelands Coordinator | dz@uga.edu | (912) 635-5032
  • In-Person Projects/Events:
    1. Live animal husbandry (marine inverts and fish, as well reptiles such as alligators, sea turtles, snakes)- aquaria upkeep, basking reptiles, record keeping, etc.
    2. Work with visitors in live exhibit gallery (answer questions), support on site program staff, assist with programs, (reptile marsh, beach, invertebrate programs, etc.) projects to enhance exhibit gallery
    3. For Faculty: We can be a support for classes with collection of live species (marine and reptile; possibly a field trip site - can do outdoor or virtual programs live or recorded), research projects with adjacent Tidelands salt pond and marsh area.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
    1. Assist with online virtual programs in the works, live exhibit gallery signs, program curriculum updates, live exhibit husbandry updates, coastal research compilation for reference to staff and visitors
    2. For Faculty: We can support with virtual programs, and perhaps we can coordinate in compiling coastal ecology research for staff and visitor reference
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, self-temperature checks and symptom screening, signed volunteer agreement, online risk management training, background check, hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces
United Way of Coastal Georgia
  • Contact: Janelle Harvey | Community Impact Manager | janelle@uwcga.org | (912) 265-1850
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Assist with the creation of a financial planning database of federal, state and local resources related to financial literacy and stability. An orientation and training are provided for use with the database development and resources. Additional activities may include some financial case management and referrals as needed. This is a quality opportunity for a small group of students or an accounting or public management intern. Successful students may turn this opportunity into a paid position as a Financial Navigator.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: See above; some face-to-face but opportunity for digital work.
  • Safety Protocols: Social distancing, confidentiality agreement
  • Additional Considerations: Students will need to be proficient in technology use.
Safe Harbor Children's Center – Administration
  • Contact: Keith Fenton | Director of Development | kfenton@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-267-6000
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Safe Harbor Children’s Center is seeking to provide a service-learning opportunity for students interested in Marketing and Communications to assist in the development and implementation of a comprehensive marketing and communications plan to elevate the organization’s brand awareness, increase visibility of its programs and services, and engage donors and supporters through effective communications. Core functions include: Strategy and Planning, Brand Messaging, Internal Communications, Content Creation/ ‘Storytelling’, Social Media Engagement, Media Relations, and Community Outreach.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
Safe Harbor Children's Center - Philanthropy Services
  • Contact: Keith Fenton | Director of Development | kfenton@safeharborcenterinc.org | 912-267-6000
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Safe Harbor Children’s Center is seeking to provide a service-learning opportunity for student(s) interested in exploring career opportunities in the nonprofit sector. They will play an important role in supporting the Executive Team in their efforts to more fully engage and nurture lasting relationships between Safe Harbor Children’s Center and its current foundation, corporate, and individual donors. In addition, they will help to maximize the revenue potential of organizational special events through effective planning and execution.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
  • Additional Considerations: In addition to the service learning opportunity listed above, we are interested in supporting/providing students with internships opportunities, and faculty with class projects.
Safe Harbor Thrift Shop
  • Contact: Hillary Johnston | hjohnston@safeharborcenterinc.org
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Clothing drives including gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories and new underwear for all ages/sizes for Safe Harbor Thrift Shop. Our thrift shop provides clothing, shoes, and accessories for our clients. In addition, new underwear is given to victims of our Rape Crisis Program.
  • Safety Protocols: Safe drop-off at the Safe Harbor offices downtown.
The Well
  • Contact: Honey Sparre | Director of Homeless Ministries | Honey@faithworksministry.org | (904) 790-9029 | www.Faithworksministry.org
  • In-Person Projects/Events: We are always in need of someone to sit down and talk with our guest at The Well (The daytime hospitality center for those that are experiencing homelessness) and assist them with applying for housing online or getting a resume together to help apply for employment. There are occasions where we also have some manual labor that we could use help with.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Gathering of personal hygiene items, socks, and underwear. We also take pre-pared food to give out to our guests.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, signed liability waiver
  • Additional Considerations: That the students would not understand that each guest that we serve has their own story and is not the addict or the convict. They each have a reason that has led them to be where they are today. All volunteers need to apply on Faithworks Ministry's website by clicking here.

Newpoint Partnership, Inc.
  • Contact: Richard Angerer | Executive Director | 973-747-2166 | 809 Monck St., Brunswick, GA31520
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects:
  1. Social Media: While we have a reasonably complete website (newpointpartnership.org) with the ability to make online donations, the donation function does not seem integrated and needs changes. We also have a Facebook page, but I don't think it is set up correctly and donations cannot be made through it. We have no idea how to work with Instagram, though we would like to. We would like to have all of this resolved and be able to mount a giving campaign for Giving Tuesday later this fall. Basically we need help in managing all social media.
  2. Donor Management: We have a self-developed relational database (LibreOffice Base running on Windows 10) that tracks volunteers, donors, potential donors, symbiotic non-profits, pastors, grant making organizations, etc. It works fine, but it is not integrated into QuickBooks for donations and we need help to be able to extract the value that the data holds. It would be very valuable to be able to do mail merges, automatic donor receipts, etc. It may be appropriate to migrate to Microsoft Access, but I'm uncertain if we should and, if so, how it should be done.
  • Additional Considerations: Newpoint Partnership is less than 2 years old. We were founded for the purpose of providing housing and a structured transitional program for Christian men who are getting out of a Georgia State Prison and who wish to be involved in Christian ministry. We partner with local churches to help them utilize the talents of these released men.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia
  • Contact: Heather Wilson | Membership Recruitment Manager | Hwilson@gshg.org | (912) 988-8658
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: We could use help developing recruitment videos to reach out to girls about what Girl Scouts is all about. We also need engaging programs (virtual events) for Girls that are online with our badges. For example, first aid, art, STEM, and much more. We could also use help in making phone calls to talk to parents about joining Girl Scouts.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing, if service is in person
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
  • Contact: Laura Evans | Youth Director | Youthstandrew@darientel.net
  • In-Person Projects/Events: Either a long-term (at least six weeks) presence at after-school programs for fifth, sixth, or seventh-eighth graders (three different programs), including leading some activities; or a visit as a guest to present some expertise or activity.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Being a guest on a Google Meet call with students, helping to lead student discussions, engaging in games, etc.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing
  • Additional Considerations: Depending on the length of commitment to the program, students may require training on children's safety. My students sometimes don't show respect to adults who visit just once or who attend regularly but don't join in and win their trust. I would prefer that one of your students attend my programs for several weeks in order to learn children's names, engage in informal interactions (playing games, sharing a meal), help with homework or projects, and so on. I think it would be more valuable to both your student and my students if the relationship is a bit longer like that.

Hospice of the Golden Isles
  1. Video for new admissions or education for the family and primary care giver.
  2. Pet care initiative, to schedule and provide care for our patients’ animals, while they are on our services and at the end of life. A program similar to Pet Peace of Mind.
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: See #1 above. Interviewing Hospice of the Golden Isle Staff to gather and organize content, etc.
  • Safety Protocols: Social distancing
Memory Matters
  • Contact: Ayla Wilson | a.wilson@memorymattersglynn.com | 912-264-0777 | 2803 Sherwood Drive, Brunswick
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Asset Map: Create a list of valuable organizations and services that are most relevant for caregivers and individuals suffering from illness-related memory loss (Alzheimer's disease, stroke, dementia). Example: Where can I get my mom, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, in home care?She does not have long term health insurance plan.
  • Additional Considerations: Communication and clearly defined outcomes and expectations are most important for both parties.
Humane Society of Camden County
  • Contact: Jennifer Hutchinson | Volunteer Coordinator | hsccvolunteerwithme@gmail.com
  • Indirect/ Virtual Projects: Anything that showcases adoptable pets, importance of spaying/neutering, encouraging donations and fostering, etc. would be great!

Sea Palms West
  • Contact: Ann Pequigney | annp4@mac.com | (678) 793-8152
  • In-Person Projects/Events: The community of Sea Palms West recently purchased a neglected 9-hole golf course on St. Simons Island which the 339 residents would like to transform into a green space. The property is linked to a major bike/walking path on Frederica Road and is used by other residents of neighboring communities and visitors to St. Simons Island. Sea Palms West is looking to partner and engage with Coastal Georgia faculty and students to utilize the green space as a “learning lab” and to help guide planning, goals, and objectives.
  • Safety Protocols: Mask use, social distancing

Partnered with Dr. Kimberly Takagi's Aquatic Biology and Ecology class in fall 2020. Click here to see the news story.






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