The Center for Campus and Community Engagement is committed to the development of mutually beneficial academic, research, and service partnerships that foster resilient communities and life-long engaged citizens. As a high impact experiential learning practice, community engagement has the power to both transform our students and support sustainable social impact in our region, nation and world.
Charitable giving plays a critical role in providing opportunities to students such as community-engaged internships, professional development opportunities, and awards. Giving serves to improve equity in these opportunities by removing participation barriers such as travel costs or living stipends. Donors also enable us to reduce the burden on the community organizations who host these opportunities for our students, by allowing us to offset the costs that otherwise fall on local nonprofits.
The Beth K. Stocker Endowment for Community Service
The Beth K. Stocker Endowment serves as the general fund supporting community engagement at Ohio University. This enables us to put dollars to the most optimal use supporting our students, staff, faculty and community partners.
Jacoby and Stocklen Families Scholarship Award
The mission of the Jacoby and Stocklen Families Memorial Fund is to provide students the opportunity to serve the community in a lasting and meaningful way, and to structure, nurture, and nourish their leadership skills. Recipients of this scholarship are responsible for leading regular volunteer projects benefiting nonprofits in our campus communities in collaboration with the Center for Campus and Community Engagement and support additional projects that support and promote volunteerism within the OHIO community.
The Center for Campus and Community Engagement supports Civic Engagement at Ohio University. Over the course of the 2020 Election the CCCE worked to embed voter engagement across the institution and oversaw several teams of students working to engage students in the election. As a result of these efforts, Ohio University was awarded the designation of Voter Friendly Campus by Fair Elections Center’s Campus Vote Project and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Your Support Helps Multiply our Impact
Hannah Wintucky and Vlad Kovalevsky, graduate students in Communication and Development Studies, worked with Dan Vorisek, resilient communities coach at Rural Action, to develop marketing and communications materials for the newly opened Baileys Trail System. Wintucky and Kovalevsky produced a marketing plan, social media strategy and other outreach materials that brought increased visibility and awareness of the Baileys Trail, which resulted in higher use of the trail.
“I’ve been at OHIO for six years, and I think that this internship was probably one of the most beneficial things that OHIO has provided me the opportunity to do. Before this internship I was not sure how to bridge my passion for the outdoors and outdoor recreation with my career goal of working in sustainable development. This internship showed me that having a career in outdoor recreation with a focus on development was possible and also that the outdoor economy is rapidly growing in the US and people with my skill set are going to be crucial in building this industry sustainably.” – Hannah Wintucky
Through her internship with Mt. Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society, Kiara Recchione created a new, robust website for the organization. The website was intentionally created to highlight the important story and historical significance of Mt. Zion for the Black community in the region and serve as an essential fundraising and marketing tool for the organization moving forward.
“Overall, I think that this internship not only had a huge impact on me in letting me get my first full time job—during a pandemic—but also gave me the insight to know how I want to move in the future. I’ve always had an interest in nonprofit work, but this really exposed me to the ins and outs of everyday work with nonprofits, and it let me know where my priorities are at for the future.” - Kiara Recchione
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Center for Campus and Community Engagement reallocated $30,000 in funding to support COVID-19 Community Response partnerships between Ohio University faculty and staff and local nonprofits on all Ohio University campuses.
Institutional Capactity Building
The Center for Campus and Community Engagement also supports faculty conducting Community Engaged Research or developing Community Engaged Courses, as well as our community partners through training opportunities and capacity building resources, and engaging in regional partnerships such as the Appalachian Food and Culture Project and Ohio’s Winding Road.
“To become someone who lives their life in service of other people. That’s what we try to instill in all our students. It’s fantastic that we’ve had so many students who have graduated with honors and got awesome jobs, but the thing that I’m most proud of are the people that our students have become. People who are caring, compassionate, and empathetic leaders,”
– Dr. Jacob Hiler, Community Engaged Scholar, College of Busines