Community Partners

What is a Community Partner?

A community partner is a nonprofit, government agency, school district or potentially a for-profit company whose mission is to meet identified community needs. Community partners collaborate with students, faculty and staff to provide one-time or continual volunteer opportunities; as well as serve as co-educators by working directly with faculty members to provide high quality service-learning opportunities for USC Upstate students on a semester basis.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning at USC Upstate is defined as a method of teaching and learning that integrates student participation in organized service activities into credit-bearing courses. By collaboratively addressing identified community needs with a community partner, the service experience enhances student learning by providing an opportunity to observe, test and apply discipline-based theories, concepts and skills. The academic context enriches the service experience by raising questions about real world issues and by providing a forum to reflect upon them. Further, service-learning is a mechanism to achieve a broader appreciation of the discipline, to sharpen problem solving skills and to develop an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Approved by Faculty Senate, 02/20/2015).

What is Community Engagement?

Community Engagement is described as the collaborative relationship between institutions of higher education and their broader communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources, in a context of partnership and reciprocity. Community Engagement can consist of one day service projects, assistance with campaigns and much more.

Resources for students or faculty looking for volunteer locations or service-learning partners:

United Way of the Piedmont
United Way of Greenville County
Ten at the Top

Volunteer Opportunities

Please visit the Service-Learning and Volunteerism portal within The Agora for a current list of volunteer opportunities. Please see instructions on how to access The Agora.

How can I request students for service-learning or volunteer projects?

Please fill out the volunteer request form found on our page.

You may also contact the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement at: or call us at 864-503-5433.