Community Partners

Community partners are organizations that work with UCA students and faculty to meet needs in our local community, our state, and around the world. Some of these organizations have come to us to express interest in having UCA students as volunteers. Other partnerships have been arranged by faculty members for a specific service-learning course. All community partners are asked to sign an annual letter of agreement covering any service-learning projects or volunteer opportunities offered to UCA students.

  • Are you a student who wants to volunteer, or a faculty member who wants to offer a service-learning course? You may contact a community partner directly for information, or email Lesley Graybeal, Service-Learning Coordinator, at for help getting started. Thank you for serving!
  • Are you a community organization who wants to become a partner? Use our Community Partner Information Form to share your current needs and interests.

Information on partner organizations’ current volunteer needs, where applicable, is provided in the searchable table below.

OrganizationContactNeeds & InterestsDisciplines Wanted
Access SchoolsLaura CollinsOpportunities are available to partner with anyone with project ideas; work day opportunities are also available to help reconstruct a playgroundEarly childhood education, occupational therapy, any
ARC ArkansasLaura StoneOccupational therapy
Arkansas Arts CenterAngel RogersChildren’s theater ushers, exhibitions, and many other roles-- if you don’t see what you are looking for, submit a proposal! Service-learning students are also needed to film children’s theater productionsFilm, any
Arkansas Coalition for Obesity PreventionAndi RidgewayPublic relations
AETNWilliam OldhamTelephone groups of 15 are needed for 3-4 monthly call-in shows as well as three large pledge events in March, August, and December. Volunteers are also needed for data entry of surveys, groups to stuff letters, and individuals to staff office.Business, marketing, broadcast journalism, any
Arkansas Dream CenterGraphic design
Arkansas Food BankPolly DeemsAny
Arkansas Natural Heritage CommissionPatrick SolomonService-learning and volunteer opportunities are available from direct service maintaining natural areas to indirect service managing volunteers. Projects can be tailored for any group, but the ideal group size is 4-20 volunteersBiology, chemistry, environmental science, geography, health sciences, any
Arkansas Preschool PlusMichelle FordFundraising for the Imagination LibraryAny
Apsire Christian AcademySuzanne FullertonOccupational therapy
Baptist HealthLaura VaughnOngoing volunteers are needed at the new Baptist Health hospital in Conway to provide information and direction for guests and assist with other tasks as neededHealth science, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, any interested in health professions
Bethlehem HouseJudi LivelyAdministrative work, children’s activities on Wednesday nights, serving meals, and teaching courses such as computer skills, parenting, resume building, and healthy eating; creating a new promotional film, creating a social media/marketing campaign, teaching courses, gardening, or starting a social enterpriseBusiness, education, occupational therapy, any
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory BoardAmanda Potter ColeConway Advocates for Bicycling community bike repair 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 2-5 and 2nd and 3rd Wednesdays from 5-7; assessing UCA’s campus for Bike Friendly University status with the League of American Bicyclists, Bicycle Level of Service (BLOS) and Pedestrian Level of Service (PLOS) data analysisComputer science, exercise science, any
Blackbird Academy of the ArtsJennie StrangeAcademy productions and events, as well as to assist with classes in dance, music, creative writing, visual arts, film, sewing, and theater; researching arts-related nonprofits in Arkansas, assisting with classesBusiness, communication, theatre, any
Boys and Girls Club of Faulkner CountyPhillip MooreSetting up an after-school tutoring program for math and readingMath, English, education, Any
Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council, Foothills DistrictDarrell FaulkenburyVolunteers are needed to lead cub scout packs and boy scout troops, serve on the District Committee and board to plan annual programs, raise funds, run membership drives, and much more. Volunteers with scouting experience could serve on the commissioner corps to strengthen individual scout units.Any
Brookdale Chenal HeightsHeather WilsonOccupational therapy
Catholic Charities of ArkansasTracy Eichenberger
Center for Exceptional Children - Step-by-StepRandy OhldeAny
Chicks for ChildrenMark CooperProjects can be arranged on a case-by-case basis to serve the mission of the organization; examples include graphic design, fundraising, social media, publicity, and other infrastructure support.Education, graphic design, public administration, communication, business management and marketing
Child Care Aware of North Central ArkansasCarol CrockettCreating curriculum and/or assembling topic bags for early childhood education providers, creating flyers and publicationsEarly childhood education, music, any
Children's Advocacy Alliance of North Central ArkansasTess FletcherAny
Choosing to ExcelCarolyn GreerMentoring to encourage students to excel in academics and behavior; should be able to attend a weekly one-on-one meeting at a local school with a community adult volunteer and a studentAny
City of Hope OutreachPhillip FletcherEvents throughout the year, including the UNSEEN Homeless Campaign (March), Community Carnival (August), Thanksgiving Banquet (November), and Christmas Store (December); Community gardens (composting, irrigation), education (curriculum development for math and reading, creating games, writing books with authentic context), creating a database of volunteers and donors, grant writingGrant writing, science, nutrition, education, writing, graphic design
Classy Lady Awareness FoundationCameisha BrewerAnnual expo (October) at Harding University to assist with registration, ushering, and talking with high school young women with questions about college; mentoring young women, leading workshops on career readiness, social media promotion, entrepreneurship, marketing, and other life and career skills topicsBusiness, communication
Community Action Program for Central ArkansasTiffany CaldwellHoliday food boxes (collecting and donating needed items, distributing boxes); data entryAny
Community ConnectionsCourtney Leach8-10 week educational programs for children with special needs (soccer, football, martial arts, theater, music, art, and other areas); leading or assisting with programs; marketing, PR, and volunteer managementMarketing, communication, public relations, business, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special education, public administration, any
Conway Adult Education CenterRuth Ann WilliamsCreating a digital film library of workshops (scheduled October 2015-January 2016)Film
Conway Alliance for the ArtsBeth NorwoodArtsFest (Sept-Oct), event planning, creating flyers, participating in ArtsFest art marketplaceArt, communication, event planning
Conway Cradle CareKelsey PowellChildcare, mentoring parents; planning a pregnancy prevention campaign and developing online pregnancy prevention resources for teens; lunch menu development and nutrition education materials for parents; tutoring for parents ages 15-18 on Wednesdays from 6-7 pmFamily and consumer sciences, nutrition, education, public relations, marketing, graphic design, web design, math, English, physics, history
Conway EcoFestTreci BuchanonWe need a variety of volunteers for idea sharing, communication, community outreach, exhibitors, construction, traffic, photojournalists, scientists, artists, etc. to help educate the community about the environment and its impact on healthy communitiesBiology, STEM, environmental sciences, agriculture, health sciences, any
Conway Human Development CenterElizabeth LittonEvents like the Walk with Heroes Walk-a-Thon (October) and the Conway Family Bowl Bowl-a-Thon (March), hosting clothing drives, and socializing with residentsAny
Conway Locally GrownSteve LunkInventory and fill customer orders for locally produced food items from 2-6 pm on FridaysAnthropology, sociology, environmental science, any
Conway Regional Health FoundationDot WelchEventsAny
Conway Regional Rehabilitation HospitalChristy ScrogginInteracting with patients and providing customer serviceHealth sciences, public administration
Conway Symphony OrchestraVicki CrockettAdministrative tasks, creative projects, marketing/social media; potential projects for an individual or group could include creating a short promotional video using existing footage, creating monthly features of student musicians, managing a YouTube channel, and updating the lobby display board for each concertMarketing, communication, music, economic development, any
Counseling AssociatesBrandi WisemanConsistent volunteers are needed to mentor clients; male mentors are especially neededHealth science, psychology, sociology, or any interested in mentoring
Daily BreadShelly VangsnesSet up, serving meals, and clean upAny
Deliver HopeAbigail BrougherVolunteers are needed to assist with tutoring in the fall, especially in math! Tutoring takes place in one-hour blocks from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Education, math, any
Equestrian ZoneJodi KusturinServing as sidewalkers and horse leaders for riders in the program, Monday-Thursday 12-6 pm in Russellville, AR; volunteers work directly with therapy patients and observe therapy sessions, and no experience with horses is needed; group service opportunities are also available for cleanup or work on special projects, such as the sensory trailOccupational therapy, physical therapy, therapeutic recreation, special education, psychology, any
Faulkner County Circle of FriendsKaril GreesonFreezin' for a Reason (February)Any
Faulkner County Day School - Work ForcePenny CastilawAssisting with scheduled activities and events or offering new activities or classes, and to help launch the new FCDS jewelry store and store websiteArt, music, dance, theater, sign language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, business, graphic design, any
Faulkner County Juvenile CourtFaye ShepherdTutoring court-involved youth, being a volunteer probation officer, leading a court girl scout troop, teaching a life skills class, becoming a drug court advocate, or leading a book club discussionPolitical science, sociology, criminology, math, science, English, writing, education, any
Faulkner County LibraryNancy AllenArtsFest events (Sept-Oct), ComiCon-Way (November); volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to read to senior citizens at nursing homes through the bookmobile program; service-learning projects are also needed for organizing a volunteer fair, planning a human library day, nd planning a religious diversity panel; faculty and students from any discipline can also use the library as a site for information fairs, performances, classes for the public, and any other community eventAny, especially students interested in elder care, LGBT issues, politics, immigration, sociology, and environmental issues
Faulkner County MuseumLynita Langley-WareHistory
Faulkner County Senior Wellness & Activity CenterDebra RobinsonCommunication, sociology, any
Faulkner County Urban Farm ProjectKim DoughtyNutritional programming, work days every Thursday and Sunday at 5:00 pm (other workdays can be scheduled as needed by contacting faulknercountyurbanfarmproject@gmail.comFamily and consumer sciences, nutrition, dietetics, any
First United Methodist Church Food and Emergency OutreachKisha BumpersSet up, serve, and clean up on pantry days (2nd and 4th Thursdays/Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 pm), preparation for pantry days and organization/communication of the pantry; administration and coordination of programming, communication, budgeting/financial experience; offering health screenings, nutrition education, bike repair, and other services in conjunction with pantry operationsPublic administration, communication, nutrition, health sciences, any
Gentiva HospiceJamie Flemingdirect care through companionship, reading, talking, writing down memories, or running errands for hospice patients; volunteers may also serve indirectly through filing, phone calls, and other office tasksHealth sciences, any
Girls Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and TexasGrier BennettFrom co-leading a troop of girls for a semester, to leading a 6-week program, to volunteering for a day at a scheduled event, Girl Scouts has a volunteer opportunity for every level of commitment. Email to get started!
Two creative and passionate volunteers are needed to lead the 4th grade Girl Scout troop at Mayflower School District! The troop consists of 15 4th grade girls and meets on MWF from 8:35-9:05, and participates in pre-planned Girl Scouts activities. If you're interested, contact Katie Dailey at or 501-758-1020.
Glenhaven Ministries - Sparks After-School ProgramMonte Jonesafter-school common core math tutoring, 6-week classes on just about any topic to excite young minds, guest presentations, and help with daily administrative tasksAny
Grow! Learning CentreToni ReddellOccupational therapy
Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner CountyShenel SandigeRe-starting the Habitat ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation centerPublic administration, management, marketing, and accounting
HAVEN HouseMarti JonesPublic relations
Hoof It For Heifer Trail RunWanda EasonThe Hoof It For Heifer Trail Run will be held on April 9th, 2016 at Petit Jean Mountain; help is needed to create marketing materials, an advertising campaign, and sponsorshipsMarketing, management
Humane Society of Faulkner CountyMarie Betancourt (clinic), Doris Flaherty (thrift store)Companions Spay and Neuter Clinic, vaccine clinics, and thrift storeAny
Independent Living ServicesRobbin WillisTeaching life skills such as cooking, computer skills, and self-advocacy to adults with special needsAny
Interfaith ArkansasStephen CopleyAny
International Public Debate AssociationAnthony McMullenHosting high school and college debate tournaments at UCA, judging, event staffCommunication, liberal arts
Juvenile Diabetes Research FoundationErin ReynoldsOne Walk (October), Imagine Gala (April)Any
Kidsource TherapyEmily NewtonOccupational therapy
Life ChildNick StevensProject development in a variety of fields (media, product development, proposal development)Health sciences, nutrition, early childhood education, psychology, graphic design, writing, marketing, public relations, public administration
LISA Academy North Elementary SchoolBethany RatermannLeading after-school clubsForeign language, arts, theatre, any
Literacy Action of Central ArkansasSydne DoyleEnglish-as-a-Second Language and Adult Basic Literacy tutoring; Volunteers for annual Tour de Toad/Iron Toad Bike Ride, other event volunteersAny, with at least a one year commitment for tutoring
The LocalsSandra LeyvaAssisting with Local Food Hub, Nomadic Geek, and Faulkner County Urban Farm projects; proposing new projects that fit The Locals’ mission of bringing people together to make Conway a more creative, unique, and vibrant place to liveEnvironmental science, anthropology, computer science, business
Lucie's PlacePenelope PoppersHost donation/supply drives, create a resource manual for other individuals and organizations interested in hosting donation/supply drives throughout the state, design and implement a community volunteer/mentor program, design and implement a host home program, or intern as a volunteer managerGender studies, sociology, public administration
Make-a-Wish Mid-SouthMallory LindseyWish Granters to help the wish child determine their wish, assist with paperwork and plan a wish reveal telling the child that their one true wish is coming true; service-learning students are also needed to conduct medical outreach to inform the community of Make-a-Wish services and eligibility; grant writing; drives for donationsSocial sciences, education, communication, marketing, business; Make-a-Wish hosts interns in public administration, sociology, communication, and health science
Martin Luther King, Jr. CommissionWalter WashingtonStatewide celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Nonviolence Summit (January)Any
MeadowcreekJim WorstellMeadowcreek focuses on developing healthy food outlets in food insecure rural areas, and can host groups of up to 10 students overnight for weekend work/learning projectsSciences, political science, psychology
The Ministry CenterSpring HunterProgramming related to rehabilitation, poverty, and homelessness; researching social services in Conway and Central Arkansas; planning an event to convene social service providers; coordinating food drives and cold weather supply drivesSociology, psychology, addiction studies, public administration, grant writing, accounting, management, any
Ronald McDonald HouseKatie KirkpatrickFixing supper and planning special events for families; staffing front desk, checking in families, giving tours, and welcoming guests; events such as golf tournament (September), Day of Change (October), and Chocolate Fantasy Ball (February)Any
Sallie Cone PreschoolBrenda MasonEducation, any
St. Joseph School Endowment and Charitable TrustJacqueline KordsmeierMarketing, advertising, and social mediaMarketing, public relations
TEDxUniversityOfCentralArkansasKandace KeeneyAny
UCA Bear Essentials Food PantryBrian JamesStaffing food pantry, packing food bags, hosting food drivesAny
UCA Disability Resource CenterCrystal HillIf you are willing to upload your notes and plan to attend class on a regular basis, please sign up via the DRC Online Services on the Disability Resource Center (DRC) website. On the DRC homepage, click on "Sign Up as a Note-taker". Please contact the Disability Resource Center at if you have any questions.Any
UCA ROTCJared LedbetterSorting, inventory, and packing in warehouseAny
United Way of Central ArkansasMaret Cahill-WicksPublic administration, any
Women and Children FirstAngela McGrawadministrative tasks, cleaning, childcare, direct client support on hotline, mentoring, court advocate responsibilities, and to lead one-time or ongoing classes for shelter residentsAny
Women's Shelter of Central ArkansasBeth GoodrichAny
Woodrow Cummins Elementary SchoolSarah-Catherine OrahoodGraphic design
The Zambia ProjectCandice MartinezMobile Pack meal packing event (April), projects and events throughout the year; grant writing, social mediaHealth sciences, nutrition, physical therapy, occupational therapy, early childhood education, business, marketing, accounting, communication, public relations, grant writing, psychology