Approved Community Partner Procedures

Purpose

Establishing Approved Community Partners allow the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center (V&SLC) to provide meaningful and quality experiences for student volunteers, community partners, and faculty.

What is an Approved Community Partner?

An Approved Community Partner signifies to students and faculty that the organization they are partnering with has received appropriate training and orientation in working with university student volunteers.

Types of Partnerships

To better serve the needs of the community and UVU students, the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center institutes a tiered partnership model. The type of partnership will determine the roles and responsibilities of community partners, as shown below:

"Involved"

Benefits

  • OrgSync access to advertise volunteer opportunity (one-time only)
  • Provided access to trainings for OrgSync and volunteer management
  • Provided a bi-annual newsletter
  • Access to on-campus advertising by submitting fliers to the staff, posting on the community calendar, and setting up a booth on campus

Requirements

  • Maintain official 501(c)3 status (exceptions for hospices will require a site visit)
  • Maintain liability insurance for all volunteers (proof required)
  • Attend a Community Partner Orientation Meeting
  • Participate in a yearly survey

"Invested"

Benefits

  • All benefits of a “Involved” partnership
  • Invitation to UVU Service Fair held twice a year
  • Access to service-learning projects
  • Access to clubs and student organizations
  • Invitation to yearly networking event
  • On-campus conference room reservations

Requirements

  • All “Involved” partnership requirements
  • Complete on-line OrgSync training
  • Have one volunteer opportunity posted on OrgSync at all time

"Engaged"

Benefits

  • All benefits of “Involved” and “Invested” partnerships
  • Access to Service Council for possible partnership*
  • Priority invitation to service-learning requests from faculty
  • Invitation to Recognition Event held in the spring

*All service council partners are considered to be in an “Engaged” partnership

 Requirements

  • All “Involved” and “Invested” partnership requirements
  • Attendance at a yearly renewal meeting with staff
  • Willingness to host a service event at site for the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center
  • Willingness to present if asked at a civic skills workshop

Basic Qualifications for All Partners

[See the Memorandum of Understanding (pdf) for detailed information].

  • Must be an official 501c3, 501c4, government organization, or U.S. registered business which the UVU Volunteer and Service Learning Center can classify under the definition of “Corporate Social Responsibility.”

    1. Corporate Social Responsibility is “the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as the local community and society at large.” (http://www.mallenbaker.net/csr/definition.php)
    2. Examples: healthcare, respite care, fire and rescue, education, museums, environmental management, social accounting, etc.
  • Provide adequate documentation regarding liability insurance.
  • Provide adequate documentation regarding risk management procedures and volunteer orientation if needed.
  • Participate in a formal site visit if needed.

Procedures

  1. Complete an on-line training about community partnerships (Power Point).
  2. Submit Approved Partnership Proposal . The proposal includes formally registering with the V&SLC and a Memorandum of Understanding.
  3. Participate in a site visit if applicable. The need of a site visit is determined by the V&SLC.
  4. Once steps 1-3 are completed the V&SLC will send an e-mail to the organization notifying them that they are an approved partner and giving them access to all the services offered by the V&SLC.

Change Type of Partnership

To change your type of partnership, please fill out the following form, Type of Partnership.

V&SLC Contact

Summer Valente, Director

summer.valente@uvu.edu, 801-863-6948