The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development seeks to support the mission of West Virginia Wesleyan College by providing opportunities for transformative learning and community engagement with the intent to promote positive social change.
Check out our latest newsletter here: CCE Monthly Newsletter
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For general information regarding community engagement at West Virginia Wesleyan, please feel free to contact us!
Phone: (304) 473-8165
If you’re on campus, we’re located on the second floor of the Benedum Campus Center behind the Bobcat Den. Please drop in and see us!
JESSICA VINCENT ’12
Ph: (304) 473-8397
Leadership & Service Coordinator
Ph: (304) 473-8165
Our community partners provide support for Wesleyan Service Scholars and other students who volunteer in the community. We are proud of the services our community partners offer to local residents, and we are grateful for the rich learning experiences our students have during their time with our partners.
How do I volunteer with an organization listed below?
The community partners listed below are looking for regular, weekly volunteers. If you are a student who needs a few hours for class or for another reason, please stop by the office or email email@example.com to find short-term community engagement and service opportunities happening on-campus or in the community.
*Out of respect for our community partners’ limited time and resources, please do not contact the partners listed below without talking to a CCE staff member first so that we can match your volunteering interests and schedule to our partners’ needs.
Community Partner Information
The following is a list of our community partners:
- Appalachian Impact (student mentoring)
- Buckhannon Academy Elementary School
- Buckhannon Manor
- Buckhannon Police Department
- Buckhannon Upshur High School
- Child Development Center of Central WV, Inc.
- Clothes Closet
- First Presbyterian Church
- Lewis-Upshur Animal Control
- Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County
- Mountain CAP Creative Beginnings
- Salvation Army
- Special Olympics
- Stockert Youth Center
- Tennerton Elementary School
- Union Elementary School
- Upshur Cooperative Parish House
- Upshur County Commission
- Upshur County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
- Upshur County Head Start
- Upshur County Public Library
The WE LEAD Peer Council is a student group that applies leadership skills gained through the program to organize service events around and bring awareness to local, national, and international societal issues. Each WE LEAD “issue team” has two or more student leaders who work with their peers, faculty, and staff members to:
- understand the various (and sometimes competing) aspects of their issue,
- offer service and awareness projects to contribute to the problem’s solution, and
- raise consciousness about its existence to the Wesleyan community at large.
WE LEAD Mission Statement
The mission of Wesleyan Engaging Leaders through Education, Awareness, & Development (WE LEAD) is to provide resources and opportunities for Wesleyan students to build leadership skills, engage in service, and become connected with community and global partners. WE LEAD aims to help students gain awareness and understanding of societal issues in the spirit of education, growth, collaboration, and compassion for others. This is accomplished by student initiative within issue teams in cooperation with WE LEAD Coordinators, liaisons to other campus organizations, and Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development (CCE) staff. Working within the goals of the Wesleyan and CCE mission statements, WE LEAD endeavors to create an atmosphere of leadership and service on and off campus.
WE LEAD Issue Teams:
- High Tunnel
- Human Rights
- Invisible Illness
- Poverty Reduction
- Youth Security
To get involved with any of the WE LEAD teams, stop in the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wesleyan Service Scholars
The Wesleyan Service Scholars (WSS) program is designed for Wesleyan students who are passionate about leadership and service. Students serve approximately five to six hours per week in a non-profit or civic organization in the community or through an on-campus volunteer commitment (approved by a Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development [CCE] staff person) to receive an annual and renewable scholarship.
Wesleyan Service Scholars Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will explain the components of The Student Leadership Challenge and demonstrate application in their site placement.
- Students will articulate their knowledge of community needs and social issues gained through their participation in the program.
- Students will demonstrate responsibility by submitting validated time records of service on a regular basis.
- Students will interact responsibly and professionally with a diverse population of community members in a wide variety of settings.
Wesleyan Service Scholars receive…
- A $2000 annual, renewable scholarship ($1000 per semester; $8000 over four years)
- Tangible leadership and service experiences for internship interviews and post-graduation professional opportunities
- Opportunities to learn about the local community
- Knowledge of current social issues
Wesleyan Service Scholars are expected to…
- Complete community service and attend required meetings each semester, totaling 75 hours each semester
- Submit timesheets of their activities electronically every week
- Enroll in a one-credit Community Leadership course in the freshman fall semester
- Attend all-member meetings and check-in meetings as requested by CCE Staff
- Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA
- Remain in good standing with program requirements
The Wesleyan Service Scholars application will become available to high school seniors on September 1, 2023. E-mail email@example.com if you have any questions!