Community Outreach


Jacket Philanthropy Program

The Jacket Philanthropy Program is a student-led philanthropy program implemented through academic service-learning.  Students in participating courses provide direct service to non-profit organizations.  In addition to their service hours, students have the opportunity to award grant funds to selected organizations.

The program focuses on three needs areas:  children and youth programs; neighborhood development and revitalization; and hunger, homelessness, and health issues. Students are responsible for developing an RFP (Request for Funding Proposal), preparing the grant proposal, and engaging in a group decision-making process to award the funds.  Each class receives funding to distribute.


Spring 201037 students in two courses (Psychology - Child Maltreatment taught by Dr. Lisa Green and Sociology - Urban and Community Life taught by Dr. Carol Gregory) provided over 500 hours of service to seven nonprofit organizations and awarded $9,000.

Spring Semester 2011 - 53 students in three courses - (Child Maltreatment, Urban and Community Life, and a new course English - Grant Writing co-taught by Dr. Susan Oldrieve and Annie Heidersbach) provided over 1,000 hours of service hours and awarded $13,500.

Spring Semester 2012 - 58 students in three courses provided over 850 hours of service to 14 organizations and awarded $6,000.

Spring Semester 2013 - as the program continues to grow, a new course was added this year - Health & Social Justice in the Public Health Program taught by Dr. Swagata Banik. Fifty-three students provided over 800 hours of service to 16 organizations and awarded $11,000.

Spring Semester 2014 - the program continues to grow as a fifth course was added this year,  Philanthropy and Nonprofits in the Business Division taught by Jacob Kamm.  Sixty-five students will provide over 800 hours of service to 16 organizations and award $22,000.

Spring Semester 2015 - 4 JPP courses are planned including courses in Sociology (SOC 303), Public Health (PHT 375), Psychology (PSYCH 220) and English (ENG 308). 

Since the program's inception, 266 students provided close to 4,000 hours of service and awarded $61,500 in grant funds.

Jacket Philanthropy Program Partners 

Participating non-profit organizations have included: AIDS Task Force, Applewood Centers, Art House, Bellfaire JCB, Bellflower, Berea CDC, Building Hope in the City, Care Alliance, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, the City Mission, Cogswell Hall, Dress for Success, Esperanza, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Girls with Sole, the LGBT Center, Malachi House, NEOCH, Neighborhood Family Practice, Providence House, Rainey Institute, St. Malachi Center, Scranton Road Ministries, Slavic Village, Towards Employment, Transitional Housing, University Settlement, and the West Side Catholic Center.

Financial support to sustain the program has been provided by the David Brain Leadership Program, the Zilber Family Foundation, the Center for Health Disparities and Baldwin Wallace University.

For additional information, contact Christy Burke Walkuski, Director of Community Outreach & Service-Learning at or (440) 826-2301.


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