Community Partner Application
Dear Prospective Community Partner (CP):
Thank you for your interest in working with the University of Utah’s Lowell Bennion Community Engagement Center through the Community Partner Programs (CPP). Community Partner Programs mobilize students to strengthen local communities in cooperation with our partners. Students have the opportunity to choose an area of engagement that matters to them and become an advocate of justice as they work alongside community partners. Community Partner Programs offer volunteers access to understanding about specific community issues, professional development opportunities, and connections to other volunteers with shared interests.
Our Community Partner Programs are organized into six issue areas: Advocacy, Arts & Recreation, Education, Health & Wellness, Mentorship, and Sustainability & Food Justice. Please complete our application if you think the Bennion Center’s Community Partner Programs are a good fit for your organization. A committee will review your completed application within four weeks of receipt. A member of the committee will contact you during the review and selection process if further information is needed regarding your application.
Our strongest applications include a student, already involved with your organization, who is interested in serving as the founding partnership liaison. If you do not already have an interested student and your application is accepted, we will post the liaison opening and attempt to fill the position. This process can be lengthy: finding the right student leader for your program can take time.
Applications for student leaders are accepted on a rolling basis although the primary recruitment and transition process takes place in February.
Thank you for considering the Bennion Center for your volunteer needs. If we may be of further assistance, please feel free to contact us.
Sabita Bastakoti, 801-585-1508
If You Answer “Yes” to Each Question Below, Please Proceed with Application
- Does the Community Partner Program (CPP) focus specific action on a clearly identified need in the community (that is not being fully met at the present time) and directly relates to the community partner’s (CP) mission?
- Is the CPP manageable in terms of cost, time, capabilities of available personnel and desired volunteer skills?
- Is the CP familiar with the University of Utah’s academic calendar and ready to anticipate a decrease in volunteer engagement during school break and exam periods?
- Does the CPP provide volunteers with an opportunity to carry out significant tasks and to engage in meaningful work?
- Will the CP provide community impact metrics each year?
- Will the CP meet with the BC team at least three times per year to create and review the Community Partner Agreement?
- Will the CP comply with risk and liability standards and assure safety of all volunteers?