Center for Civic Engagement

Welcome to the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement. This page provides information to Faculty, Students, and Community Partners on the activities of the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement. In the menu below, Faculty, Students, and Community Partners will find information on our current initiatives, access to search engines for volunteer opportunities, and other information related to the CCE.

If you have any questions, comments, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Mark Kavanaugh at mkavanaugh@kvcc.me.edu

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Specific information related to the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement.

Fall 2019 Initiatives

If you have any interest in any of these initiatives, please feel free to contact 

Dr. Mark Kavanaugh at mkavanaugh@kvcc.me.edu

Music @ Moody

In the Spring we will be making plans for the restart of Music @ Moody.  We will be looking for Maine artists to fill up a schedule of musical acts that will take place in our beautiful Moody Chapel at the Alfond Campus in Hinckley.  We are looking for anyone interested in serving on a Planning Board and/or volunteering at the actual concerts.

Documenting Service and Events

One of the purposes of the Center for Civic Engagement is to document the community engagement and services that are initatied by our Faculty, Studets, Staff, and Student Organizations.  The CCE is seeking individuals who would like to serve as Photo Journalists.  You will need to have a good camera or a good phone camera and be willing to attend events, take pictures, interview the people involved, and submit stories to be published by the CCE.

Reading to Dogs

This initiative is still under development.  Research has shown that reading childrens books to dogs who are a shelter increases the likelihood of them being adopted.  We are currently investigating the local area shelters to explore if they would like partner with us on this project.

Watch this video about reading to dogs!

Search Volunteer Databases for Opportunities

Volunteer Maine

VolunteerMaine.org is a project of the Maine Commission for Community Service. It was launched in 2002 as a means of creating a “one-stop” service for both citizens who want to volunteer and community groups seeking to address local problems through volunteer-powered solutions.

  • VolunteerMaine.org is a one-stop internet resource for volunteers and program staff.
  • Volunteer programs can recruit new volunteers, let donors know what goods or services they need, and reach potential board members.
  • Program staff can access online training and explore resources for improving program operation.
  • Citizens can search for opportunities to volunteer that match their interests.
  • Volunteers can track and report the time they devote to multiple causes and organizations from one place.

Over time, there have been a number of partners who shared the Commission’s goal for VolunteerMaine.org and contributed resources. In 2015, the United Ways of Maine adopted the section of the site that links people with volunteer opportunities.

The Maine Commission for Community Service manages the remainder of the site content with a focus on meeting the needs of the people and organizations that design or manage volunteer activities.

Maine Commission for Community Service

builds capacity and sustainability in Maine’s volunteer and service communities by funding programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of sector issues, and promoting service as a strategy.

The Commission was established in 1994 by Executive Order and under state statute in 1995. The 25 board members of the  Commission are appointed by the governor to three-year terms and each represents a specific segment of Maine’s volunteer sector.

The Commission is Maine government’s partner for the federal Corporation for National Service.

Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match is a national search engine for volunteer work.  It also includes the ability to search for “virtual volunteer” opportunities.

 

Mission and Purpose

Mission

The mission of the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement is to educate, inform, excite, and motivate students, faculty and community partners regarding the personal, educational, and societal benefits of integrating Service-Learning and Civic Engagement into one’s personal, academic, and social life.

Purpose

The purpose of the KVCC Center for Civic Engagement is to provide sustainable structure within the college to support the civic mission of the college, to engage the local and wider community, to inform our community members regarding the need for civic engagement, and to support the continued pursuit of justice and equity in our society.

What is Service-Learning?

Defining Service-Learning

Service-Learning describes a teaching method that connects community service with the information and knowedge that one gains in the classroom.  The hyphen (-) between the worlds “service” and “learning” is the key to understanding this concept.

While both “service” and “learning” are essential aspepects of Service-Learning, the hypen implies a “reflective” component as well.  Students who engage in Service-Learning projects are usually tasked with engaging in a deep reflection of their experiences and how they relate to their class, their academic program, their career, and their personal lives.  This reflection is the component that makes Service-Learning the powerful learning experience that it can be!

In addition to reflecting on class content, program, career, and personal impacts, students are asked to reflect upon the impact the experience has had in a number of areas:

  • Personal
  • Interpersonal
  • Academic
  • Occupational
  • Civic

KVCC is a member of the Maine Campus Compact

Learn more about the National Campus Compact 

Service-Learning at KVCC

Service-Learning at KVCC

Service-Learning and Civic Engagement are vital aspects of the mission of Kennebec Valley Community College.  Among other outcomes of our definition of the Educated Person, KVCC strives to enabel students to:

“Solve problems and make decisions based upon logical thinking and analysitical skills; and respect cultural, ethical, and intellectual diversity as involved members of their communites.

So what does it take to be an “involved member” of your community?

 

  • Awareness of social issues and events in your community
  • Personal education as to the facts and diversity of perspectives on these issues
  • Active involvement in the issues you are passionate about

Service-Learning Resources for Students

 

Service-Learning Resources for Faculty

Interested in incorporating Service Learning into your course(s)?  The CCE can help with:

 

  • Defining service learning projects for your course and/or discipline
  • Help assess the effectiveness of your Service-Learning projects in meeting your course and program goals
  • Provide in-class presentations on Service-Learning
  • Help track your students’ service-learning projects
Assessment

CCE Program Assessment

Below you will find documentation related to the evaluation of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across the KVCC community. This evaluation includes standards related to the Campus Compact “Indicators of an Engaged Campus” and the American Associatiion of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics

  • Click HERE for a summary of the standards associated with Campus Compact’s “Indicators of an Engaged Campus”
  • Click HERE to download a copy of the AAC&U’s VALUE Rubric for Civic Engagement
Reports

Semester Reports

Below you will find links to data and detailed reports for each semester.

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2018

Fall 2018

 

Total Hours of Service______________________________________________________1113

Total Number of Students Involved_____________________________________________50

Total Number of Community Partners Involved___________________________________60

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community___________________________$25,076

Read the full report

 

Summer 2018

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________184

Total Number of Students Involved______________________________________________17

Total Number of Community Partners Involved____________________________________16

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community_____________________________$4146

Read the full report

Spring 2018

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________1378

Total Number of Students Involved______________________________________________102

Total Number of Community Partners Involved_____________________________________61

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community____________________________$31,005

Read the full report

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2017

Fall 2017

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Summer 2017

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Spring 2017

 

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________1389

Total Number of Students Involved_______________________________________________84

Total Number of Community Partners Involved_____________________________________61

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community____________________________$31,295

Read the full report

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2016

Fall 2016

 

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Students Involved_____________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Community Partners Involved___________________________________TBA

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community___________________________TBA

Summer 2016

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Students Involved_____________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Community Partners Involved___________________________________TBA

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community___________________________TBA

Spring 2016

 

Total Hours of Service________________________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Students Involved_____________________________________________TBA

Total Number of Community Partners Involved___________________________________TBA

Total Value Added Economic Impact to Community___________________________TBA

 

 

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