Seated, from left, are Dr. Barbara Lyman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, President Bill Ruud, and Jack Sharpe, chair of the Partnership. Standing, from left, are Justin English, director of business internships and MBA recruitment at Shippensburg; Dr. John Kooti, dean of the John L. Grove College of Business, and Pat Barbarowicz of the Partnership.  

SU, 21st Century Partnership sign volunteer service pact

A new partnership program will connect volunteer-minded individuals who have leadership skills and expertise with local non-profit agencies that need help building initiatives to strengthen their organizations.

Representatives from Shippensburg University and the Chambersburg 21st Century Partnership signed the Executive Volunteer Connector Service (EVCS) memorandum of understanding today (July 5) at the university. The program will begin this fall.   

“Shippensburg University has a long tradition of service to the region, especially through volunteerism by all members of the campus community,” said Shippensburg President Bill Ruud. “This agreement now allows the university to expand its service by serving as the link between executives and other leaders who want to volunteer to provide support to non-profit agencies that need this specialized support.”

According to Jack Sharpe, chair of the Greater Chambersburg 21st Century Partnership, “The Partnership is pleased to join Shippensburg University in launching this strategic effort to match executives, both former and current, with the needs of our area’s non-profit organizations.  The skills these executives have will improve the organizations ‘effectiveness, thus benefitting our communities. This meets the Partnership’s goal of acting as a catalyst to highlight community needs and focus resources to create community benefits. We look forward to the alliance with Shippensburg University and to the resulting benefit to our communities for years to come.”evscheck

The service will be affiliated with the university’s John L. Grove College of Business and is a group of volunteer executives with extensive experience in business, government or non-profit programming. The group is committed to strengthening the management of area non-profit organizations to help enhance their ability to meet their respective missions. The program is funded by a $5,000 donation from the Partnership.

Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to, strategic planning, board governance, organizational assessments, leadership development, human resources,financial management, facility management, information systems, marketing/public relations, fund-raising strategy and planning, cost management, business plan development, endowment planning and organizational effectiveness.

The program will be coordinated by Justin English, Shippensburg’s director of business internships & MBA recruitment. He will be involved in recruitment of volunteer applicants, recruitment of non-profit organizations to participate and matching volunteers with the respective agencies. A website is also being developed as part of the partnership.

More information about the program is available by contacting English at jmenglish@ship.edu.