A community partner is a nonprofit or publicly funded organization that forms a partnership with the Carolina Center for Public Service. The Center’s programs are committed to developing sustainable partnerships that work to address community-identified concerns.

If you’re a community representative looking for volunteers, we invite you to submit a request to our Public Service News listserv. For more partnership opportunities, browse the tabs below:

Service-Learning Course Volunteers »

Most community partners are involved with the Service-Learning Courses program. Students enrolled in designated service-learning classes combine academic coursework with community service. The service experience is directly linked to the content of their course. As a part of the course, students commit to serving three to five hours a week for 10 weeks with a specific community partner.

Host a Service-Learning Intern »

Community partners with growing needs or specialized projects opt to participate in the Service-Learning Internship program. Students from UNC-Chapel Hill apply to participate and are matched with organizations that meet both their interests and learning goals. APPLES subsidizes half of the cost of spring and summer interns, who are hired by the internship site.

Get Connected

APPLES Community Partner Listserv

For community partners currently working with APPLES or interested in learning more about our programs, subscribe to the community partners listserv. Messages are sent out about upcoming opportunities, deadlines and other news. To receive the listserv, contact Becca Bender.

APPLES Partner Portal »

To request service-learning course volunteers or APPLES service-learning interns, community partners should use the APPLES Partner Portal. Please contact Becca Bender to create or retrieve usernames and passwords.

Public Service News

Each week, the Carolina Center for Public Service publishes the Public Service News, a listserv message (and webpage) that contains information relevant to the University’s public service mission.


Partnership Grants »

Students and community partners connected to an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant. These grants are intended to benefit the community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for a student. APPLES offers up to 10 partnership grants of up to $100 each for the current semester. Community partners may also submit requests in partnership with their student volunteers.

Further Education

Community Partner Guide »

The Community Partner Guide has been developed to provide information about APPLES programs, getting started as a supervisor and recommendations for supervising students.

Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship

The Skills and Practices of Engaged Scholarship Consortium hosts one and a half-hour seminars to support community engagement and engaged scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sessions are sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and the Carolina Center for Public Service. Check the CCPS events calendar for series schedule.

All organizations and staff new to APPLES are invited to attend a community partner orientation. Information will include:

  • overview of service-learning
  • details about the APPLES courses and internship programs
  • nuts and bolts of the process and expectations of becoming a new community partner
  • how to use the APPLES Partner Portal

This is also an opportunity to connect with other organizations working in the community, so please feel free to bring information to share. For those looking for a refresher on working with APPLES, this would also be valuable.

Check back for the next community partner orientation. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

CCPS community partners are eligible for the following awards:

APPLES Service-Learning Awards – APPLES provides annual awards to faculty, community partners, students, alumni and supporters who have made outstanding and significant contributions to service-learning at UNC.

Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award – The Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award recognizes faculty members or university units for exemplary engaged scholarship in service to the state of North Carolina. The service should serve as an example of excellence, including responsiveness to community concerns and strong community partnerships. Three Provost awards will be given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership.

Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award – Four Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards are given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan Awards recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, staff member and officially recognized student organization.