|Submission Date||March 7, 2016|
EN-9: Community Partnerships
Director of Center for Public Service
Center for Public Service
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “supportive”?:
A brief description of the institution’s supportive sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
At the Painted Turtle Farm's Community Garden and Training Center, students together with low-income and immigrant families work together to:
1) share food traditions, grow vegetables and create a discourse on sustainable agriculture
2) increase the availability of fresh, culturally-desirable food for low-income and immigrant community members
3) create a pathway towards larger-scale farming for interested community members by providing them with resources needed to get started, technical training and opportunities to promote direct marketing at local farmers markets and
4) be a center for community reflection for social and systemic change.
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “collaborative”?:
A brief description of the institution's collaborative sustainability partnership(s):
The Campus Kitchen Project was founded in 2007 by Louisa Polos'08 after a service-learning trip to DC Central Kitchen. The mission of the Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:
* Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in the community;
* Empower Minds by providing leadership and service-learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families; and
* Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.
KITCHEN STATISTICS (NOVEMBER 2007 - PRESENT):
Meals Served: 43,187
Pounds Recovered: 72,165
Volunteer Hours: 5,433
After-School Snacks: 19,713
Does the institution have at least one formal sustainability partnership with the local community that meets the criteria as “transformative”?:
A brief description of the institution's transformative sustainability partnership(s) with the local community:
Casa de la Cultura promotes the cultural rights of immigrant communities through educational and cultural activities that explore the arts and healthy living, emphasizing Latino culture and its realities. Programs include adult English classes, swimming clinics, soccer, immigration reform and DACA support and well as connection to food access programs.
A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with distant (i.e. non-local) communities:
Made possible by ongoing gifts from James Heston ’70, the CPS Summer Fellowship aims to further Gettysburg College’s vision for engagement in local and global contexts by providing summer experiences. Through partnerships with communities in Kenya, Nicaragua, Gettysburg, Nepal and Alabama, students will have an extraordinary opportunity to engage in the work of community action.
The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:
The link is to the general CPS website and the partnerships can be found on the left column of the page.
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