Community Partners 

Our partnerships with local non-profit organizations and government entities provide students with incredibly valuable opportunities to volunteer, learn more about the community, and experience first hand how they can help make a difference. The Ware Institute can help community partners connect with student volunteers that are needed for reoccurring service opportunities as well as episodic events. 

If you represent an interested nonprofit or government entity that would like the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement to recruit student volunteers for your organization, please email with the following: 

  1. Organization name and community issue category (e.g. youth development, homelessness, environment, etc.)
  2. A three to four sentence description of how many volunteers you are seeking and what the volunteers are needed for
  3. The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of the opportunity
  4. Phone number and email of designated contact person 

While we will do our best to accommodate your request, please provide a minimum of two weeks notice in order to give our office time to follow up with you and reach out to students about the opportunity. 

In addition to encouraging student participation in your volunteer opportunities, the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement also matches students with valuable nonprofit internship opportunities as the immersive component of the F&M Works and/or the Public Service Summer Internship (PSSI) programs. More information about these two programs can be found by following the links provided. Please note that both of these programs involve an application process for students and community partners. 

Questions about requesting interns or volunteers?  Contact  the Ware Institute or call (717) 358-4164.


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  • A French and history double major who interned at Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, Fadoua Nabih ’18 said, “What makes PSSI so unique is its emphasis on group collaboration for the purposes of tackling the greater overarching social issue of poverty. Not only am I actively learning, but I am being given the opportunity to give back to the amazing Lancaster community.”
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