Civic Engagement Resources
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IU Civic Engagement Campus Community Stakeholders
Otherwise known as “the Stakeholders,” this IU group is made up of staff, community representatives, and students from a variety of programs and departments who facilitate curricular and/or co-curricular service programming at IU. The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss and plan opportunities for enhancing town-gown partnerships, such as the Campus-Community Speed Matching event and building student access to community-based learning experiences. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Service-Learning Program works with faculty to integrate the Indiana University Bloomington academic community and surrounding communities through service-learning and community-based research activities. Students may want to check out their information about service-learning classes and the service-learning leadership program, Advocates for Community Engagement (ACE).
Looking for volunteer opportunities in the community? The Volunteer Network is your one-stop source for community volunteer information in Bloomington and Monroe County. Browse the volunteer opportunities of over 90 community organizations online. Match your needs with available opportunities or search by date on the volunteer calendar. You can also set up a user profile online to create customized searches that match your interests, log your volunteer hours, email your friends and ask them to volunteer with you, or save your volunteering preferences and receive emails when new postings match your interests.
Funding for the Metz Grant Program comes from the Arthur R. Metz Philanthropic Opportunity Fund and is administered through the IUSF Scholarships and Service Committee. The Metz Grant Program will annually award $50,000 in grant money: $25,000 in the fall and $25,000 in the spring. Metz Grants are available to IU student organizations that are registered through Student Life and Learning. Applicants must demonstrate a need for financial support for a philanthropic cause.
Working with 26 certified member agencies and other partners, United Way ensures that Monroe County residents in need have access to sufficient food, housing, health care, and emergency services. United Way also invests in programs that help children and youth succeed, promote financial stability and independence, and strengthen and support families.
The IU Center on Philanthropy increases the understanding of philanthropy and improves its practice through programs in research, teaching, public service, and public affairs.
ICC, for which IU is a member, is a network of college campuses dedicated to advancing citizenship and service as critical components of higher education. Check out their website for civic engagement opportunities, resources and grants for students and student organizations.
AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Full-time members who complete their service earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.
City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them the skills and opportunities to change the world. As tutors, mentors, and role models, these diverse young leaders help children stay in school and on track, and transform schools and communities across the United States, as well as through international affiliates in Johannesburg, South Africa, and London, England. Just as important, during their year of service corps, members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.
Idealistoncampus.org is the online home of the Idealist On Campus program of Action Without Borders. It is a virtual meeting place for students, campus staff and administrators, alumni, and community members who are making the world a better place through service, activism, advocacy, political engagement, and socially responsible work. Check out their resources for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and graduate school.
Provides citizens with information about the political system, issues, candidates, and elected officials. Their website includes information on how to register to vote, as well as information on the presidential candidates and their positions on issues; congressional, gubernatorial, and state elections; and bills tracking.
TFA recruits outstanding recent college graduates of all majors and career interests and working professionals to commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. TFA also invests in the training and professional development necessary to ensure teacher success in our highest-poverty communities.
IPSL offers programs in 14 countries that unite academic study and volunteer service, giving students a fully integrated study abroad experience.
More than 190,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.