Strong on-going volunteer partnerships between students and agencies are central to the success of service programs on both the Cornell College campus and in the places we serve. After attending the 1998 COOL Conference (Campus Outreach Opportunity League) it became evident that Cornell had hit on something big in the realm of student volunteerism. Cornell’s emphasis on long-term partnerships with community agencies is beneficial to both the College community and the community we work in. This presentation will include a discussion of the factors that have enabled Cornell to form such partnerships, and will also reveal possible strategies for sustaining on-going community partnerships.
On-going community partnerships in service have been, are now, and will continue to be an important issue in the discussion of volunteerism on college campuses. Student volunteerism conferences, such as COOL, provide the perfect opportunity to share our research on such partnerships. In sharing Cornell’s experiences with on-going community partnerships, we hope students from other colleges and universities will learn how to strengthen their own service programs and community relations.
Kate Strack, ’00 Leonore, IL
Majors: Politics, Women’s Studies
Abigail Franklin, ’00 Flora, IL
Sponsor: Helen Damon-Moore