Community Engagement Guidelines
William & Mary’s Office of Community Engagement values and promotes active citizenship - that is, prioritizing community in our values and life choices. The COVID-19 crisis has made this seemingly simple thing even more complex than it typically is.
In these times of increasing community distress in areas of physical and mental health and economic stability, we have an urgent call to support our community through responsible, mutually-beneficial, justice-based engagement.
We also prioritize the health and safety of community members and students, and seek to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission in any community engagement activity.
As we honor all of these priorities, we have developed guidelines that allow us to continue supporting our partners and engaging students in meaningful service, while mitigating risk. Please carefully review these guidelines as you plan service and community engagement for Fall 2020, and reach out to [[oce]] with any questions.
How You Can Help
Now is a critical time to engage our William & Mary value of service and support community responses to COVID-19. As you consider these opportunities to serve and advocate for the greater good, please remember to take care of yourself as well.
You can browse more local community organizations in our Community Partner Directory.
Effective community engagement pairs direct service with education and reflection. As you respond to COVID-19 through service, we encourage you to learn about the local and global issues related to COVID-19 and reflect on your own experiences during the pandemic.
Fruitful reflection is a process of synthesizing experiences, thoughts, and beliefs. As you volunteer, consider questions like: What draws me to this opportunity? What is the impact of my work on my community? How has my volunteer experience affected my understanding of my role in community?
For more direct questions about service in the time of COVID-19, check out this resource from Loyola University Chicago. Some highlighted questions include:
For Community Organizations
If volunteers could be of assistance to you, either in-person or remotely, please share your needs. W&M volunteers can help with direct-service opportunities as well as capacity work like taking meeting minutes, creating captions or translations for content, data entry, and communications.
We encourage you to review our remote service projects menu for potential projects W&M volunteers can complete to support your organization.