Community Partners

Become a Local Community Partner

By adding a Grinnellian to your team, you will be engaging an independent thinker, a global citizen, and a life-long learner who is committed to working with you to make the difference you want to see in our community. Whether you are looking to find a qualified volunteer, become a host site for a service learning work-study student, collaborate with a class on a specialized project, or hire a summer intern, Grinnell College is committed to working with your organization to connect you with students who mirror your values and meet your professional needs. We recognize that developing such opportunities is an investment in your time and money. We hope that by offering a variety of partnership options, we may offer you the service you deserve and the right fit for your organization.  

For more information about how to become a Grinnell College community partner, please contact the Center for Careers, Life, and Service at 641-269-4940. 

One of the ways Grinnell College collaborates with local community partners is through our Service Learning Work-Study Program.  Through this program the College commits around 6,000 hours of service to our local community. 

Core College Commitments

Employer of Record

The College is the employer of record,  pays students to participate in the program, and maintains employment records.

Professional Development

The College provides paid professional development opportunities for participating students.  Service Learning Work-Study students are invited to participate in workshops that teach skills related to grant writing, managing volunteers, facilitating leadership and project management transitions, etc. Community partners are encouraged to collaborate with the College in identifying professional development workshop needs.

Core Community Partner Commitments

Service Opportunities

Partner sites provide community service opportunities that increase the organization's’ capacity to do their work and improve the lives of those living in the region.

On-site Supervisor

Partner sites provide an on-site supervisor that mentors the SLWS student. This supervisor not only communicates regularly with the SLWS student, but also provides feedback to the College about the program, their student’s service, and the impact of their work.

Role Description

Partner sites provide the College with desired SLWS role descriptions. These descriptions explain how the Service Learning Work-Study student’s service work improves the lives of those in the community and how the work fits into the mission of the organization. This description also identifies the experience, skill sets, and knowledge base required by the position.

Consistent Work Environment

In collaboration with the College, partner sites set regular and reliable hours of work and maintain an environment that respects the diversity Grinnell that students bring to the community.

Service Learning Work-Study Community Partner Handbook

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