CommunitypartnershipsToureWilliamsGranthamUniversity CommunitypartnershipsIntroduction The topic of servicelearning and community partnerships for this paper is homelessness in the majorAmerican cities. Homelessness, considered as the lack of an adequate and permanentabode overnight, is affecting a sizeable population of the USA citizens.Engaging in service learning is an important aspect as it provides the studentswith a chance to have firsthand experience with the problems in thecommunities, enhances their understanding of the problems, as well as providesa chance to bridge the gap between theory and practice (Vizenor, Souza, & Ertmer, 2016). Student is able to approachthe policy-making decisions from an informed worldview. Some challenges studentsmight face as service-learners in the community includes the time constraints. Studentshave to juggle between coursework, home and the service learning as well as otherimportant activities.
Additionally, student may face challenges with the workallocated to them. In some cases, the partners in the community may requestedthe student to engage in activities beyond their service learning objectives. Thepartner organization for the service learning is the Bowery missions, based inNew York. Community PartnershipsThe Bowery missions formsand maintain several different partnerships with a wide range of organizations.One of the major partners is rescue alliance, which has assisted in advocatingfor the needs of the homeless people in the city as well as provides an accessto the vital resources needed to assist the homeless.
The other partnersinclude the Hope for New York who mobilizes volunteers and financial resources.The organization has partners with a software company; Software Solutions toprovide technological advices and platforms used by the mission to serve the homelessin a better and informed way. The Better Business Bureau provides an accreditationto the Bowery missions as a credible and reliable charity to receive and utilizedonations (Bowery Mission, n.d.).
The organization hasterminated several partnership due to change in shifts and attainment of theset goals and objectives. Additional partnership is needed to assist theorganization fully meet its objectives. These include partnership with thegovernment agencies who will not only be important in making legislation butalso play a crucial role in curbing homelessness. Partnerships with thegovernment will make it easier to influence and lobby for government efforts directedtowards directing public resources on affordable housing.
The partnership withthe financial service providers is also important in managing, advising, andinvesting the organizational funds towards better assisting and directing theorganization in its endeavors (McDonald, 2014).It will also be important to form partnerships with healthcare providers tooffer better, affordable and quality holistic care to the homeless VolunteersBowery mission utilizesthe services of over 10,000 volunteers annually from a wide range of professions (The Bowery Mission, 2017). The homeless andthe volunteers benefit from the volunteer programs. The homeless receive betterservices and a chance to socially interact with the professional. Thesocialization inspires and gives hope to the hopeless. The volunteers get achance to be inspired in life, acquire and develop a sense of direction as wellas act as a psychological way of dealing with the workplace stresses (Sinha, 2014). Service learning and volunteeringare different for each other.
Service learning has a fixed period unlikevolunteering. It also requires a set of skills while volunteering is open toboth skilled and non-skilled persons. In service learning, the objectives to bemet are as defined in the course but learning is unintentional in volunteering.Beyond the services provided and received during service learning students havean open-minded approach to life and can form long lasting relations from theservice learning. ReferencesBowery Mission.(n.
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