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ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

About ALIVE

The ALIVE CCP is committed to bringing campus and community together for the enrichment of both higher education and public life. We facilitate collaborative efforts that address local, regional, and global needs while enhancing the level of student learning and educational experience. We are dedicated to providing WKU students with opportunities that cultivate personal growth, ethical values, and public action for the common good. The ALIVE CCP supports engaged scholarship through service-learning and community-based research as part of the WKU curriculum. We also provide numerous opportunities for volunteerism and ongoing community service.

Mission

The ALIVE CCP's mission is to support community development locally and abroad through campus and community partnerships. The ALIVE CCP connects students, faculty, staff, and community members to resources and opportunities for meaningful service and public scholarship.

Vision

Our vision is that campus and community members will engage in meaningful service and work together to improve quality of life by acting as public problem-solvers and effective community-builders.

Creating Campus and Community Partnerships

The ALIVE Center seeks to facilitate campus and community partnerships that address issues in our local, regional, and global communities. We seek to accomplish our goal of facilitating partnerships by 1) Having one-on-one meetings with individuals, groups, and organizations to get to know our constituents and learn what issues exist; 2) Keeping an inventory of these individuals, groups, and organizations and the issues they work to address; 3) Creating connections between individuals, groups, and organizations who seek to address interconnected issues to solve complex social problems; 4) Providing an opportunity for individuals with similar interests to meet and share their stories; and 5) Serving as a resource in ways that contribute to the success of partnership endeavors.

Resources that the ALIVE Center can provide to facilitate partnerships include:

  • A Partnership Funding Program to fund local, regional and international service-learning, community development and community-based research projects
  •  Online resources and an onsite resource library of engaged scholarship and community partnership materials
  • Professional development workshops and community networking opportunities for individuals who have common goals and interests and face interconnected challenges

map of 27 county regionRegional Reach

As the ALIVE Center transitioned from “A Local Information and Volunteer Exchange” to the “ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships,” our service area expanded beyond the Bowling Green/Warren County community.

The Center’s immediate service region consists of a 27-county region in Central Kentucky, and our staff’s ability to make connections and provide resources depends on our ability to reach the broader community. The Center staff welcomes the opportunity to develop relationships with our regional partners and continue to learn about the issues and challenges that our region faces.

Our primary mechanism for addressing local and regional needs is to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff at Western Kentucky University’s main and regional campuses to connect with our regional partners to address public problems and social issues through applied learning and community service opportunities.

As the ALIVE Center continues to connect with people and resources and promote community development across Central Kentucky, we encourage our constituents to aide us in the betterment of our communities by connecting with our staff and community networks.

The counties in the ALIVE CCP’s service region include: Adair, Allen, Barren, Breckenridge, Butler, Clinton, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Logan, McLean, Meade, Metcalfe, Monroe, Muhlenberg, Ohio, Russell, Simpson, Taylor, Todd, and Warren.

If you are part of an organization that has branches, chapters, or local offices in any of our regional counties, please feel free to call, email, or visit us. Contact information and inquiries can be emailed to alivebg@wku.edu, or you can call (270) 782-0082. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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