Service Learning is a partnership between the university and community organizations. Working on a collaborative model, the community provides valuable opportunities for student learning and students provide the community with a valuable service. The result is a truly reciprocal relationship, a win-win situation for all.
Community partners tend to be local non-profit organizations that provide service in the community. These organizations can be any size, ranging from large staffed organizations such as schools to smaller organizations that are entirely volunteer-run. Many community organizations partner with service learning every year, while others partner only when there is a specific need.