For Community Partners

Thank you for your interest in partnering with William and Mary to create positive community-driven social change. 

Working with William & Mary Students 

While our students are often committed, hard-working volunteers, they have different needs and schedules than other volunteers may.

  • Please keep in mind our academic calendar as you request volunteers. Relatively few students attend summer classes.
  • Many of our students do not have cars on campus so transportation may be an issue. Consider public transportation options when listing opportunities or connect them with other WM volunteers who may have cars. Students may request a special parking permit for volunteering, if they commit to more than ten hours each week.
  • Have conversations with student volunteers about their commitment to you, particularly asking about their academic schedules (tests, papers) and how you might work together to design a schedule that will be effective for both sides.
Recruiting General Volunteers

To submit your volunteer needs to our weekly volunteer listserv, email Elizabeth Miller with a three to four sentence description which should include:

  • Requirements and responsibilities of the volunteer 
  • Dates, times, and location
  • Point of contact and their email address

 You may also submit general information about your organization to our Volunteer Directory by emailing Elizabeth Miller.

While we will publicize your need for up to three weeks, we cannot guarantee volunteers . Encourage students to volunteer with you by providing meaningful, challenging projects, and submitting the request several weeks in advance.

Community Partner Listerv

If you would like to receive email notifications about OCE community partner events, such as the volunteer fair, group service days, and community workshops, email Elizabeth Miller to be added to our Community Partner Listserv.  

Volunteer Fair

Each September, the OCE holds a Volunteer Fair to introduce students to community engagement opportunities in our area.  Contact Elizabeth Miller for more information.

Community Partner Breakfast and Workshop

Each fall, OCE hosts a network and resource-sharing breakfast for our community partners. At the end of the spring semester, OCE hosts a workshop with content relevant to our partners as well as time for networking and lunch. Both events are free and announced through our community partner listserv. Contact Elizabeth Miller for more information.

Tutoring Needs

The School of Education at William & Mary posts requests for paid tutors on a regular listserv message. To submit a request, please email Dorothy Osborne with a description of your need, the compensation offered, and contact details.

Funded Local Internships

OCE offers a small number of funded local internships each year. Community partners apply for a student intern whose work will increase the organization's capacity. OCE will recruit student applicants for the selected internships and guarantee funding for the position. Internships generally range from 80-400 hours during the summer and the academic semesters. Details about each round of funding and community partner applications are distributed on our community partner listserv and posted on our website. 

For information about the requirements of organizations which host an intern, review the Funded Internship Community Partner Expectations guide. 

Student Interns

If you are interested in creating other internship opportunities for students, please refer to the Career Center website regarding how to post internships.  For more information, contact [[snlarson, Stephanie Larson]], Assistant Director for Internships. You may also post internships to our volunteer listserv.  

Community Advisory Committee

We value the insight and contributions of our community partners, and meet regularly with a small group of partners through our Community Advisory Committee. Let [[mcporter, Melody Porter]] know if you are interested in serving on this committee.

Campus Resources

Here are a few more W&M resources which may be of interest. 

W&M Libraries which provides borrowing privileges to all WRL patrons

W&M Entrepreneurship Center 

W&M Career Center  which hosts the non-profit case competition and internship postings

W&M Events which can be search-limited to public events only

Conference Services which can help host events on-campus and support events in community