Information For Community Partners

Are you a community organization looking to connect with Brock University volunteers? We have a number of opportunities available to you throughout the year!

Brock University’s Student Life and Success team is dedicated to fostering an environment that serves our community both within and outside of Brock.

We value the work of community organizations within Niagara and the University is committed to supporting this important work. There are a number of ways for community organizations to connect with Brock University and Student Life and Success is a great place to start the conversation. Please see the list below for opportunities to partner with our department.

Not sure where to start? Please contact Kristen Smith at kristen.smith@brocku.ca.

Community Engagement Events

Student Life offers a number of opportunities for students and communities to connect. Below are just a few of our main outreach opportunities. You can visit our events calendar to view past and present events hosted by Student Life or email us at community@brocku.ca for more information.

Volunteer Fest

Brock University offers students, staff and faculty the chance to volunteer with local organizations throughout the year. Volunteer Fest welcomes organizations across Niagara to share available volunteer opportunities with the Brock community. Volunteer Fest has been cancelled for 2020-2021 but community organizations are encouraged to participate in a Brock Cares session to connect with interested volunteers. 

Brock Cares

Brock Cares Days of Service brings together Brock volunteers from across the University to contribute to the Niagara community by participating in service projects at local organizations throughout the region.

For 2020-2021 we have pivoted from this large in-person event to hosting virtual sessions. During an online Brock Cares session, Brock students are connected to a community speaker to learn about a particular topic. The sessions have been well received by students who are eager to learn and find ways to get involved. As well, community partners have a direct link to passionate students.

We are happy to hear ideas and co-create something along with our community partners. Each session takes place on MS Teams, is 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes some icebreakers, content on a topic and a call to action.

Topics covered to date have included:
– antiracism
– poverty
– learning disabilities
– virtual mentorship
– biodiversity
– advocacy
– seniors

If you are interested in connecting with students in this way, please email community@brocku.ca

Promote On-Campus

We have created a centralized request form to make it easier for you to get Brock students involved with your organization! Simply fill out our Community Partner- Request Form on ExperienceBU to request any of the following:

recruiting volunteers and promoting events

ExperienceBU is Brock University’s online involvement portal and events calendar designed to show students the ways they can get engaged with their community both on and off campus to make the most of their time as a student. The Community Engagement & Volunteering page on ExperienceBU was designed to help community organization showcase their upcoming volunteer opportunities and events to Brock students.

We will post short term and time/place volunteer opportunities for students on the Community Engagement and Volunteering page, and send out the information in our e-newsletter for students to see. Long term/ongoing opportunities will be reflected in the Community Partner Directory, and will also be shared in our e-newsletter.

We will post your organization’s events and opportunities that relate to students, or that the Brock community can participate in.

Room and table bookings

Talk directly with Brock students, recruit volunteers, bring awareness to your community organization, or provide volunteer training by booking a room or table on campus. Table bookings are free and must be booked five business days in advance. Room booking fees vary based on space and set up.

Community event location

Brock University is proud to partner with many local and national organizations to host their events on our campus.  Examples of community partner events hosted on campus include: CIBC Run for the Cure, Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Alzheimer Society’s Walk for Alzheimer’s, Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide Cycling Event and YWCA’s Niagara.

For more information on any of these services available to our community partners, please contact Kristen Smith at kristen.smith@brocku.ca or 905 688 5550 x3845.