Community Assistants are students in the Public and Community Service Studies major, who are placed in one community-based organization or school over the course of two semesters as a part of the Practicum in Public and Community Service. The CA’s job is to become knowledgeable about the site – its mission, organization, and purpose – in order to serve as a resource to both the organization and the students serving at the organization. Assignments for the Practicum are structured in a way that require that CA to work with the organization as well as the constituents which the organization serves.
Community Liaisons assume many of the same roles as CAs at sites and in working with community partners and volunteers, the only difference is they electively take on the role either voluntarily, for off-campus work study, or as an independent study.
Among other things, CA/Ls will be responsible for the following:
The primary contact person for the CA/L at the organization is the Community Partner Supervisor. It is our hope that each Supervisor will be responsible for the following, in relation to working with their CA/L:
We recognize the fact that working with a CA/L is a significant responsibility for the Community Partner, particularly at the beginning of the year. It is our hope that the CA/L will quickly become an asset to your organization and will assist you in orienting, supervising, and training other volunteers.