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Community Service

Coordinator: Craig K. Donnelly, Jr. | 914.323.5223 | donnellyc@mville.edu

Community Service is a partnership of humanity between individuals, communities, and entities for social and economic development. Community Service programs and experiences include:

  • Aging & Senior Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Community Service Days, one-time
  • Education & Youth Development
  • Environment & Animal Care
  • Health & Human Services
  • Hunger & Food Relief

If we are to promote a philosophy and vision of community, and be successful in actually building community, we must organize the basic principles of the philosophy that guide our activities, in a way that we can and should promote to the participants in our projects. Thus, this following set of principles and guidelines is posed as a "first hypothesis", to be refined and corrected and expanded, through a process of community dialogue that seeks an informed and wise consensus:

  • Inclusivity. Everyone who wishes to be is included in our community
  • Diversity. We respect the differences between human beings; the strength and vitality of community does not depend on uniformity or widespread agreement on highly specific issues
  • Dialogue. Everyone is a student as well as a teacher
  • The Ethic of Reciprocity. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Golden Rule)"
  • Democracy. Decisions affecting the group should be made by the group
  • Wisdom. "Give me the strength to change what I can, to leave alone what I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference"

Goals:

  • To instill a sense that commitment to society and others is a life-long process, and to reinforce the College mission
  • To facilitate the fullest possible social and emotional development of the student
  • To develop critical thinking, empathy, compassion and leadership skills and to reaffirm one's commitment to society and others

Objectives:

  • Coordinate orientations, workshops, trainings, special programs, and expose students to local and national conferences that reinforce the concept of social responsibility
  • Provide an environment that fosters reciprocal learning, understanding of differences, and inclusion among students, clients, and the community through service
  • Address community issues by collaborating with agencies to assess needs, develop viable solutions, and implement programs that incorporate student intellectual capital