2017 User's Guide
These ideas are specific to the Carrollton and Newnan areas –we will expand this to include other communities in the future.
Step One: Learn and Experience
Visit the Community Involvement Fair on the Carrollton Campus August 22, 2017 on the Campus Center Patio.
Community Involvement Fair- Carrollton
August 22, 2017 between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm on the Campus Center Patio.
This annual event is hosted by the Center for Student Involvement invites local non-profits to set up information tables so that students can learn about the community and look for volunteer opportunities. UWG faculty, staff, retirees have always been welcome, but this year we are making a special effort to get you to visit. It is a great way to learn about the many good things going on in our area. You are welcome to invite your family members to visit as well. We expect 30-40 diverse organizations to participate.
If you think Carrollton and Newnan are sleepy little towns with nothing to do, you’re wrong! Yes, life here is a little slower, and we don’t have Atlanta’s giant venues and range of events. But we do have a lot of fun and interesting things, including concerts, parades, and arts festivals. To find out what is going on, browse the various websites listed in About our Communities, or follow the Community Engagement Office on Facebook and Twitter, where we will regularly highlight upcoming community events.
The Community Engagement Office has a list of UWG faculty and staff who are members of local civic clubs, if you want to contact one of them and find out more. We will work on expanding that resource this year.
You know how to look for your community newspaper and to use your car radio’s “scan” button to find local stations. You may not be aware of the online City Menus that share information about Carrollton, Douglasville, Newnan, and Villa Rica.
Office of Community Engagement
Visit the Community Engagement Office in the Bonner House (the little white house on Front Campus Drive next to Kennedy Chapel), and browse our materials. We keep printed materials from the Chamber of Commerce and local non-profits as well as current copies of the Times Georgian and local magazines.
Office of Community Engagement Blog
Follow the Community Engagement Office blog. We publish very short articles a few times a month that focus either on the campus or the community.
Step Two: Get Involved
So, now that you know a little more about your community, it’s time to reach out and start doing something. Here are some ideas.
Most non-profits are looking for people with different talents and time commitments.
- The West Georgia Non-Profit Network is a new organization that brings together the leaders of more than 50 non-profits in Carroll, Haralson, and Heard Counties.
- JustServe.org is a great, easy-to--use national website that is beginning to build a following in Georgia. Just enter your zip code to find opportunities near you. You can also conduct a more advanced search if you have specific criteria or interests.
- OrgSync is UWG’s portal for connecting students to volunteer opportunities, but faculty and staff can also use it. Just use your UWG log-in and password. Contact the Center for Student Involvement for more information.
- If you don’t know where to start, call or e-mail the Community Engagement Office and tell us what you are interested in, and we will help connect you.
Joining a Civic Club
We will sponsor a Civic Club Information Fair later this Fall. Watch for more information.
>Me (Greater than Me)
> Me (Greater than Me) is a group of young professionals, ages 21-35, who are interested in networking, socializing, and volunteering in the community. For more information, contact the Community Foundation of West Georgia at 770-832-1482 or www.cfwg.net.
Many faculty incorporate community service as learning experiences into their classes. The UWG definition of “service learning” is on the Service learning website. Tami Ogletree, Associate Professor in the College of Education, is serving as a Fall 2017 Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning to help UWG develop a more comprehensive approach to service learning. In the meantime, please feel free to contact the Office of Community Engagement, and we can connect you with other faculty or community partners.
If your research can benefit a local organization, that can be a great way to get connected. Feel free to contact our office to learn more about local organizations.