Western New York Service-Learning Coalition

Founded in 2001, the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC) is a collaboration of representatives from 10 colleges and universities and over 100 non-profit organizations and community organizations.  Daemen College is a founding member and hosted the WNYSLC for over a decade.  The Coalition is now housed at Niagara University.

In 2010, the WNYSLC was awarded a subgrant of $30,000 to provide faculty and student support for great lakes service-learning projects and curriculum development.  This is part of a larger project funded in August, 2009 by the Learn and Serve America Higher Education program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network).  As a subgrantee in this collaborative, the WNYSLC is helping to harness the expertise and innovation of college faculty and undergraduate students to promote stewardship of the Great Lakes, an ecosystem containing 20% of the world’s fresh water.   This award follows a planning grant of $10,000 made earlier in 2010.

In November of 2007, The WNYSLC was awarded a three-year grant of $485,654 from The John R. Oishei Foundation to hire staff, develop a region-wide database, and support collaborative events and projects to coordinate the placement of undergraduate students in service-learning positions in our community.  This builds on the efforts of a grant that was awarded in September of 2006: the WNYSLC was awarded $22,000 from The John R. Oishei Foundation for a strategic planning process to identify ways to share resources among higher education institutions and non-profits in the region and to increase the number of college students participating in service and volunteerism.

In January of 2007, The Pennsylvania Campus Compact/New York Campus Compact Consortium awarded $40,879 to the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition.  A federal Learn & Serve grant to the Pennsylvania and New York Campus Compact Consortium project, "Building on Our Strengths" helped to establish and expand campus/community partnerships through eight subgrants to higher education institutions in PA and NY. The WNYSLC was selected as one of two campus/community consortia in New York State to be awarded a subgrant.

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