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April 2020
The Center for Campus & Community Engagement

The Center aims to serve as a centralized connector for students, faculty, staff and community (from local to global) to create joint designed, mutually beneficial academic, research and service partnerships that foster resilient communities and life-long engaged citizens. 

Responding to COVID-19

Internal Awards for response efforts available!
The CCCE has reallocated our funding to make Internal Awards for COVID-19 Community Response available to Ohio University staff and faculty across the institutions. We're excited (and grateful!) to share that the Infectious & Tropical Disease Institute at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has partnered with us to contribute an additional $5,000 to this effort. Proposals must engage a community partner to address an emerging need in our region. Proposals are being accepted on a rolling basis through June 12th. Learn more and apply here. 

Voinovich COVID-19 Business Recovery Resource Center
The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is working with small and local, private and non-profit business owners to use the following resources available from the state and federal government to help keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic. 

Click here for more stories of how OHIO is responding to Coronavirus

Nonprofits LEAD Survey: What does your nonprofit need? 
Nonprofits LEAD is conducting a needs assessment to identify services most needed by our regional partners. Click here to participate in the brief survey.

Athens County COVID-19 Local Resource Guide
The Athens City-County Health Department has compiled this spreadsheet documenting local resources in response to the outbreak. Anyone with knowledge of additional local resources is invited to share it directly by emailing

Local businesses respond to Coronavirus 
A recent Athens Area Chamber of Commerce survey shows how critical it is for us to support local businesses, wherever they are! Consider ordering take out, investing in giftcards, or buying that t-shirt you've had your eye on! 

We are so grateful for our local business community's efforts to get everyone through this together! Check out what some community members are up to below, and reach out to us via email or social media with good stories we're missing!

Introducing The Bobcat Neighborhood!

The Ohio University Alumni Association, Ohio University Corporate Engagement and the Center for Campus and Community Engagement, are partnering to launch the Bobcat Neighborhood.

The  Bobcat Neighborhood is a directory of alumni-owned and/or operated organizations, as well as businesses and nonprofits within all Ohio University campus communities, purposely built to allow the Bobcat family to support one another.

While this collaborative endeavor is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Bobcat Neighborhood directory is being built with an eye towards providing long-term support to partner organizations. In the short term, alumni will be able to identify Bobcat affiliated establishments, connect quickly to websites and other key information such as online merchandise ordering, take-out options in their hometown, and even help spread awareness by using the hashtags #bobcatneighborhood and #bobcatstakecare.

We'll be heavily pushing this out to alumni and on social media later this week! Add your business or nonprofit to the list--or browse the directory as it comes together here: The Bobcat Neighborhood


Opportunities for Students

Summer Community Based Internship Applications Open! 
The Community-based Internship program connects students to nonprofit and public sector organizations to engage in mutually beneficial internships that provide students with high impact experiential learning opportunities and provide community partners with tangible outcomes that directly benefit the southeast Ohio region. All opportunities for summer 2020 are designed to comply with social distancing guidance and can be conducted remotely. Learn more or apply here.

Need Volunteer or Service-Learning Options?
The CCCE has compiled a resource to support students, faculty, and community partners with guidance for service-learning and suggested volunteer opportunities that can be accessed here: Engaging Safely During Coronavirus

Ohio Honors Program Virtual Programming: Open to all!
The Ohio Honors Program has developed the following list of virtual workshops and webinars open to all Ohio University students:

Lessons from Gandhi: 4-5 p.m. Friday, May 1 (Dr. Lindsey Rudibaugh)
Leading for Good: 1-2 p.m. Friday, May 15 (Dr. Lindsey Rudibaugh)


Opportunities with AmeriCorps!

COMCorps Now Accepting Applications
COMCorps members create and support social and physical environments that promote good health and wellness for all. Major focuses of the program include food insecurity, nutrition education, and emotional support for individuals living with chronic stress. Learn more about the COMCorps program here!

Apply to serve with Rural Action
Rural Action employs AmeriCorps members in 20 Appalachian Ohio counties on work regional community development projects that include watershed restoration and conservation, environmental education, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable forestry and agriculture, access to public lands and recreation opportunities, and economic development through local heritage and resource-based tourism.  Learn more and apply here!

Civic Engagement Updates

Take a moment to complete the Census now!
Your response matters to your community! In Athens, the county receives approximately $1,200 in federal funding to support our essential workers: healthcare systems, emergency response services, local schools, infrastructure, and more!

Students -- Check out the video below to learn how you should complete the census. College students are instructed to fill out the census based on where they would be living on April 1st under normal circumstances, i.e. as if you were still in your campus community, in order to support local systems that need to be able to serve you! Respond online at!

Get Out the Count Video Contest: Prizes totaling $50,000 available!
Deadline: May 7th, 2020
Census Accelerate, an initiative of the US Census Bureau, has launched a prize competition reward 2020 Census-promotion videos with the highest visibility (or viral potential) and greatest potential to move people to respond to the census. The challenge focuses on short-format video content — a medium that is relatively lacking in quantity and quality on user-generated platforms such as YouTube. Cash prizes range from $10-30,000! Learn more or apply here.

Additional Resources & Virtual Events

Campus Compact Virtual Conference on Campus-Community Engagement
Compact20 VIrtual Gathering | May 11-13th |

Campus Compact has transformed their 2020 Conference into a free, virtual event open to all.
Compact20: The Promise of Full Participation: Democracy, Opportunity, Voice will focus on exploring key questions around online community-engaged learning, civic-learning outcomes, place-based justice, student voter participation, and more.

Sessions Include:

  • Higher Education's Role in Building Sustainable Civic Learning Ecosystems
  • Attention is the Scarcity: A New Approach to Civic Digital Literacy
  • How to Facilitate an Exploration of Epistemic Justice and Community Engagement Through the Power of Stories
  • Paving a Path to the Polls: Overcoming Process Barriers through Student Voter Education
EPIC Network Free Webinar Series on Rural Community Engagement
EPIC-N Webinar Series | April-June |

The EPIC-Network has also transitioned their 2020 Conference into a free, virtual webinar series. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded to their website for ongoing engagement.

Sessions Include: 
  • Connecting Co-Curricular Resources
  • EPIC-N Tools & Support for High Road Development in Communities
  • A Tale of Two Cities & Rockport Strong: Planning for Resilience
  • Hope Wanted: From Rust to Sustainability: Exploration of the EPIC Model in a rust belt and rural communities

*Senior Spotlights*

The Center for Campus & Community Engagement wants to express our gratitude and congratulations for our graduating student employees! Thank you all for all of your work--We couldn't do it without you!

Congratulations Graduating Community Ambassadors!
The CA team has worked hard all year to organize service projects for the CCCE. Thank you all for helping us serve our students and communities! We wish you the best of luck!
Eva Holtkamp, B.S. Political Science , B.S. Communication
Amanda Johnson , B.A.  English Literature & Writing
Nick Kibby, B.B.A., Finance
Frank MacDonald, B.S. Computer Science
Emily Mastalski, B.S. Integrated Health Care Studies
Erica Siegel, B.S.S., Event Management/Marketing
Caleb Wilson, B.S., Sport Management, B.A. Business
Haley Witherell , B.S  Communication
Alyssa Donahey, Media Intern
It's likely that you've seen Alyssa and her camera at community events throughout the year. Since fall, she's helped us grow our collection of photography and videography to tell the stories of our campus and community partnerships. Thank you Alyssa!
Do you have an update or event you'd like to share in our newsletter? Send content to Courtney at and we'll do our best to include all relevant submissions from campus and community partners.

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