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At its core, this course seeks to connect what we are reading and talking about in the course with a community based experience. This work is led by leaders in our communities. Building community and connecting to others makes change a group effort. The article by Christine Cress illuminates the issues of building a relationship with a community partner and the handouts from the Center for Community Action and Research give clear examples of how you can find the right partner for you and this course and what you should say when you approach them. Finally, Principles for Ethical Service has you think about how you can do community work responsibly.
Respond to the following with 500 words. Make sure you cite (MLA or APA) at least once from each of the week’s assigned readings you reference.
R.1 Cress et all., Learning Through Serving ‘Building and Maintaining Community Partnerships’, pp. 17-29.
R.2 Center for Community Action and Research at Pace University Contacting a Community Partner a Short Guide
R.3 Student Service Commitment & Safety Guidelines for COVID-19 F21
R.4 Principles for Ethical Service
R.5 Listen and Learn, Points of Light Civic Circle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-NCUY8ekdc
The readings this week cover both practical ways of working with a community organization (what to look for in a good partner and what they might be looking for, what to say when you reach out to them, etc.) and more abstract ideas (difference between direct and indirect/project based work, centering community voices, rights and responsibilities of service, etc). How do these practical and abstract ideas work together? How does this impact your expectations/fears about this experience?