The DMU community service initiative aims to provide meaningful engagement opportunities for staff, faculty, and students to volunteer their time, energy, and resources in response to community needs. DMU community service goals are to:
In general terms, any collaboration with outside organizations seek to:
In order to achieve the maximum benefit from collaboration, it should be expected that:
Des Moines University has three main criteria for community service projects which may change yearly. They are:
DMU allots resources yearly for community service programs and activities. DMU may choose to help one or several projects in a given year. To be considered, projects must:
Ineligible projects include those that support a political party, include any element of religious proselytizing or provide a direct benefit to a for-profit entity, a labor union, a partisan political organization.
Once a community service project is approved, DMU will make every effort to meet the volunteer needs of the project. However, DMU cannot guarantee the availability of volunteers for your activity. Volunteering is optional at DMU. DMU volunteers must register an interest in your activity before your need can be filled. Employee participation is subject to manager approval. DMU’s participation in community medicine events is dependent on availability of students and exam schedules.
Your organization must apply for community service assistance on a yearly basis.
The DMU Community Service Committee is responsible for the employee volunteer program project decisions and DMU Community Medicine is responsible for decisions on projects involving medical services. To ensure the best possible success, all project applications are subjected to the same vigorous scrutiny so as to eliminate any questions as to the project’s validity.
Factors influencing the award decisions include, but may not be limited to, the following criteria: