UCARE

UCARE- Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibilty and Engagement

The Ursinus Center for Advocacy, Responsibility, and Engagement (UCARE) serves as the focal point for community service and civic engagement at Ursinus College. UCARE’s goal is to expose students from all walks of life to the strengths and needs of their communities. In the process, students begin to make connections between their classroom experiences and their society. UCARE inspires the belief that positive change can be made in our world, and helps students make that change happen.

Philosophy

  • Inspire thoughtful and positive civic involvement of all students
    • Through disseminating civic engagement and service opportunities via our office, bi-weekly Spotlight e-mail, website, and social media
  • Empower students to think critically and become agents of change
    • Through experiential learning opportunities (civic engagement courses, community based learning practicum and community based research projects)
  • Promote community partnerships through developing and sustaining reciprocal relationships with non-profit organizations
    • Through weekly service opportunities and signature educational/advocacy events on campus

Programs

  • Ursinus is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program—in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.
  • Ursinus is a partner with the Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and communities by helping meet the basic needs of nutrition and educational opportunity. The Bonner Program is designed to heighten the overall education students and members receive by asking them to engage in ongoing service work and helping them develop the experience, skills, knowledge, and values necessary to make that work meaningful and lasting.
  • Early education and after-school programs include ACLAMO (Acción Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County), Barnstone Art for Kids, Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives, and America Reads. In these programs Ursinus students tutor local elementary-age students.
  • Food and shelter assistance programs include Catholic Social Services, MANNA on Main, and Wismer on Wheels. Ursinus students can get involved in providing basic needs, such as meals, to local people.
  • Community education programs include an ESL Program on Ursinus’ campus for Spanish-speaking employees, Montgomery County Correctional Facility GED Tutoring, Norristown Adult Evening School GED and ESL programs, , and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. As they invest in their own education, Ursinus students serve local adults and support them through life changes.
  • Environmental and animal welfare programs include the Ursinus College Organic Farm, Girarden, and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. Ursinus students with an interest in environmentalism or animal rights concentrate their efforts on improving the health of the environment and the animal life within it.
  • Health-related programs exist at the Parkhouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Volunteer Hospice Program, and Frederick Living. Working with people from all walks of life, Ursinus students focus on health and well-being in their communities.
  • One-time service events on campus include UCARE’s Giving Tree, Disaster Relief Efforts, and Red Cross Blood Drives. Whether Ursinus students want to be involved in year-long service projects, or if they want to serve for a shorter time, UCARE offers opportunities for everyone to give back.

To read more about the programs offered through UCARE, visit its website.

Location and Hours:

UCARE’s office is located in the lower level of Myrin Library and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. To contact UCARE, email ucare@ursinus.edu or call 610.409.3093.