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 Altamaha Riverkeeper (ARK) is a grassroots organization dedicated to the protection, defense, and restoration of Georgia’s biggest river and most extensive watershed – the Altamaha – including its tributaries – the Ocmulgee, the Oconee, and the Ohoopee – as well as the river delta where the Altamaha joins the Atlantic ocean and coastline. As a small nonprofit with a tiny staff, ARK depends upon volunteers.The opportunities are countless, from:

  • Working with staff to monitor the effects of the Golden Ray disaster
  • Helping with fundraising events
  • Participating on river and shoreline surveillance and clean-up activities
  • Office and administrative help
  • Other duties based on the interests of students or faculty members

Students will be exposed to direct environmental impact work, will learn about mitigation efforts, and will work alongside experienced environmentalists.They will also learn from ARK board members and friends how small nonprofits function and the role of grassroots organizing. Of course, based on their interest and the motivation, it is very possible for students to have even greater involvement with more learning opportunities.

For more information, contact: Sue Inman at sue@altamahariverkeeper.org or (321) 331-0912

2. Communities In Schools in Goodyear Elementary School is seeking opportunities to work with College students. Communities In Schools is a national organization, with local chapters working within public schools. Their aim is to build relationships that empower critically at-risk students to persist and perform well in school and to become high achievers, not just academically, but also in life.

Communities In Schools (CIS) in Goodyear Elementary School wants the best for their students and our community. We know that it takes a village to help aid, guide, and support our future. In efforts to do so, CIS needs support from their Partners In Education to be able to work hand-in-hand for the success of our students, their families, and our community! CIS would love for the College to be a part of their new and exciting projects. The ways students and faculty members can help are by:

  • Volunteering your time to read to a class
  • Become a student’s mentor
  • Help tutor a student.

For more information, contact: LaTorey Thorpe at lthorpe@cisglynn.org or (912) 267-4170 ext. 3514

3. The organization Windsward of Georgia, Inc. focuses on education, community outreach, and historic preservation in Glynn County and surrounding areas. Windsward of Georgia has been working in a homework support capacity since 2018. Windsward of Georgia partners with the Roosevelt Lawrence Community Center to assist students from pre-K to 12th grade level in their daily developmental and educational demands.

Windsward of Georgia is requesting services from Coastal students and faculty from the Mathematics, English, Teacher Education, Psychology, or other departments, and students who understand the game of Chess. Service opportunities with the after school program at Roosevelt Lawrence Community Center are available 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Areas of need include:

  • Academic enhancement and homework support available 3:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Cultural/community awareness programming available 3:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Community outreach: The Art of Chess and STEAM 2 available 3:30 – 7:00 pm

For more information, contact: Delores G. Polite at w.org99@yahoo.com or (323) 849 - 9992

4. Young Life Glynn County is a local branch of a national program, Young Life, Inc., with a mission to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. They accomplish our mission by: 1) Going where kids are and building personal relationships with them, 2) providing fun, adventurous, life-changing and skill-building experiences, 3) working in community alongside like-minded adults (volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff), and 4) preparing kids for a life-long relationship with Christ and a love for His word, His mission and the local church.

Young Life Glynn County is looking for Young Life Leaders to mentor and support high school-aged students. Volunteers are asked to:

  • Give a two-year commitment to their mentee
  • Attend weekly meetings with their mentee
  • Meet the high school student on their turf at least once per week

For more information, contact: Jack Key at Jack@glynncounty.younglife.org or (912) 324 - 6982

5. Faithful Love, Inc. is an organization with a mission to bring healing and restoration to women who are victims or at risk of exploitation and their addictions. Their vision is to help revitalize women who are victims or at risk of exploitation and their addictions focusing in Georgia, Florida and Alabama through programs with counseling, rescuing, and physically transforming lives and communities through Christ centered love and support. In connection with trafficking, we also find it necessary to come alongside the expectant and adoptive families, by continuing to help support the mother’s and the family’s physical and emotional needs. Outreach services include counseling, hot lunches, and a drop-in location for use of showers, a washer/dryer, and a place to rest during daytime hours. Staff members conduct street outreach in downtown Brunswick, truck stops, and hotels. Needs include computers for clients to gain online access, a printer, and travel size personal hygiene donations for street outreach.

Potential service-learning projects include:

  • Community advocacy for the organization
  • Community awareness for signs of human trafficking
  • Marketing campaign and social media outreach (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
  • Donation drive (socks, hygiene products, etc.)
  • Flower box construction project for horticultural therapy
  • Various health/educational programming for outreach

For more information, visit http://www.faithfullove.net or contact: Judi Riccio at judi@faithfullove.net or (912) 266-0129

6. The Golden Isles YMCA has been serving the Golden Isles community since 1918, first as a YWCA and today as a YMCA, after a transition in 2011. The Y’s goal is and remains to advance its cause of building better communities through its three areas of focus: Youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Service-learning at the YMCA gives students the opportunity to assist with wellness programs, aquatics, youth sports, child watch, summer camp, fundraising, welcome center, or the fitness floor. Students can engage with members of the community while implementing valuable skills they learned in the classroom. Lasting personal and social change comes about when we all work together, that is why strengthening the community is our cause.Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We are a locally operated non-profit that serves the Golden Isles community.

For more information, contact: (912) 265-4100

7. The Kids Club is an afterschool program for ages 4-12 years.We have been in Glynn county for 17 years. We run a full gymnastics, karate, and afterschool program. Our afterschool program consists of assisted homework, art, Bible, sports, and games.

  • Students will be able to participate in opportunities involving teaching, management, organization, and building interpersonal skills through working with clients.
  • These activities will directly contribute to student learning because students will learn how various aspects of a business run by being up close and personal with it. They may deal with students, parents, and salespersons. They may also gain skills involved with enrollment of new customers, and other duties performed behind the front desk.
  • Opportunities that will help us further our organizational mission include new marketing avenues and ideas, lesson planning, and organization.

For more information, contact: Vonda Carrasquillo at vscarrasquillo@yahoo.com or (912) 261-9773

8. Memory Matters supports, educates, and enriches the lives of those touched by illness-related memory loss such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Students may participate in planning events structured to encourage socialization and hopefully stave off further cognitive decline for clients diagnosed with illness-related memory loss. Students will learn about the different forms of Dementia, risks, stages and ways to combat. Opportunities that would help us further our organizational mission are: planning events for clients, facilitating activities, speaking to nursing homes and rehab centers about their experiences, contacting medical facilities and sharing Memory Matters' marketing collateral, etc.

For more information, contact: Melissa O'Halloran at info@memorymattersglynn.com or (912) 264-0777

9. Glynn County Animal Services manages the County's animal shelter and provide services to Glynn County residents relating to animal control and care. We're seeking a marketing student who has an interest in creating graphic design templates, educational signage, and other animal welfare-related marketing materials. Research on what we currently have and what could benefit our shelter animals would be a first step in this work. Also, we work under a very tight County budget, so this would be an opportunity to learn to stretch a budget.

For more information, contact: Tiffani Hill at thill@glynncounty-ga.gov or (912) 554-7501

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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: Caroline Kittle at caroline@gracehousebrunswick.org or (912) 275-7862

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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

17. 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: Kittilea "Kitti" Jackson at kjackson@gshg.org or (912) 236-1571 ext. 2307

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

21. Southeast Georgia Health System provides both inpatient and outpatient healthcare services to Glynn, Camden and surrounding counties. Students that come to SGHS in certain specialties can complete their clinical internship within our organization. We also have shadowing and/or observation opportunities available.

For more information, contact: Becky Corley at bcorley@sghs.org or (912) 466-3164

22. The First Tee of the Golden Isles is part of an international youth development organization, The First Tee, introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to kids and teens. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect, and perseverance through the game of golf. The First Tee of the Golden Isles is seeking those willing to serve in the after-school program teaching life skills such as self-management, interpersonal communication, goal-setting, mentoring and effective conflict resolution.

For more information, contact: Tammy Palmer at tammy@tftgi.com or (912) 268-6012

23. The Jekyll Island Authority Conservation Department manages all aspects of environmental, land, and wildlife conservation for Jekyll Island State Park. They engage in research, education, land or habitat management, and policy related to conservation. Generally, students can participate in a discrete project that builds off of current or previous projects that generally fall under the realm of wildlife or habitat research. For exceptional students, we can discuss setting up a research project of their own, if it has the merit to produce a research product that improves our understanding of a species or how to manage them. Beyond their personal projects, students are able and encouraged to team up with and learn from field technicians and experienced staff managers when they have opportunities for them to participate in other research projects and land management events. Students should understand the research process, study design, report or manuscript presentation and gain numerous field skills to further their career as researchers or land managers.

For more information, contact: Joseph Colbert at jcolbert@jekyllisland.com or (912) 635-4187

24. The Episcopal Community of McIntosh County consists of two churches, St. Andrew’s and St. Cyprian’s, which are deeply involved in community mission projects. The youth component of these projects provides reading and math tutoring for fourth-graders in the local elementary school and a once-weekly after-school program for fifth-graders.

Tutoring in our local elementary school occurs twice per week with materials provided by the teachers as well as games that we provide to stretch students in reading and math. During our two-hour after-school program, we teach life skills, such as tying a necktie and setting a table; we teach nature and science lessons with field trips to local nature trails; and we bring community leaders in to teach dance, music, and other topics. We also play games and have art activities. Students engaged in service-learning with the Episcopal Community of McIntosh County will have the opportunity to work directly with children in our programs, and to write lesson plans for informal education experiences. Direct experience with children will lead to growth in strategies for group management and engagement, and creating lesson plans will provide opportunities for evaluating how to design and implement activities that hold the children’s interest. We have space for three or four students in our tutoring program, and one or two students in our after-school program.

For more information, contact: Laura Evans at laurahushevans@gmail.com or (912) 602-4927

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