Community Partners

Connecting with CLCE

There is not another institutional education system we are aware of that is doing anything like this. In terms of combining the heart with the mind, [Rollins] has crossed boundaries and opened up gates to bridge the academic setting with the real world." — Linda Grassa, Orange County Commission on Aging

Rollins believes the only way to truly educate students for a diverse, complex, and changing world is to invite community partners, leaders, and citizens to serve as partners in the educational process. CLCE believes that community asset is essential in preparing young people to lead in the 21st Century in all aspects of community life. Community members are co-educators along with our faculty and staff in teaching students about the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time. Each year, CLCE partners with over 250 non-profit and civic organizations throughout Central Florida (and beyond) through academic projects, such as service-learning and research, community service, internships and Immersion experiences. Students, faculty, and staff are involved in community impact areas ranging from the environment, poverty, arts and culture, immigration, youth education, senior adults, and public health.

Non-profit community organizations that have opportunities for Rollins students, faculty, and staff to become engaged with community issues, events and volunteer opportunities are invited to contact Sofia Macias at Academic partnership opportunities (research and service-learning) are sent to faculty interested in similar topics and experiences.

Non-profit organizations looking to develop new relationships/partnerships with Rollins are encouraged to meet with a CLCE staff member to discuss opportunities to build a mutually beneficial relationship grounded in learning and action. CLCE will conduct a site visit and needs assessment with community organizations looking for ways to effectively partner with Rollins through student-learning opportunities.

Non-Profit Community Organizations can also get involved in promoting learning opportunities with CLCE in the following ways:

Rollins Community Partner Database Listing of Events/Opportunities
Community Partner Tour for New Faculty (Fall)
R-Community Student Involvement Fair (September and January)
“Chat and Chew” Workshop Series for Community Engagement Co-Educators

In addition, non-profit community organizations and leaders are encouraged to visit other departments at Rollins committed to campus/community collaborations. These include:

Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership
Office of Academic Internships
Center for Inclusion & Campus Involvement
The Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub

CLCE strives to develop intentional and reciprocal relationships that are focused on student-learning and community progress, especially with economically and historically underserved communities and issues. Community partnerships often take time, effort, and energy to fully develop. Community partners are invited to participate in all community engagement events sponsored by the office, including faculty development opportunities, educational speakers, and service projects.

Our Community Partners

Throughout the year, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement partners with many different organizations and programs. The following community partners are separated by impact areas. Feel free to click on the links below to find out more about these great community partners!

Civic & Political
City of Orlando
City of Winter Park
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

Disability Inclusion

A Gift for Teaching
Adult Literacy League
Fern Creek Elementary School 

Environment & Animal Welfare
Back to Nature
Environmental Protection Division
Genius Preserve
Henry Nehrling Society

Journey's End
Mead Garden
SPCA Seminole County
Society of St. Andrew

Faith Based
Islamic Center of Central Florida


Human Rights & Immigration
Farmworkers Association of Florida
Catholic Charities
The Center
Hope CommUnity Center
Zebra Coalition

Hunger, Homelessness, & Affordable Housing
Coalition for the Homeless

Senior Adults
The Gardens at DePugh Nursing Home

Westminster Towers

Women & Gender
Beta Center-Dress for Success
Harbor House

Ongoing Opportunities

Rollins has several community partners who have regularly scheduled events. Check out the list below to find ongoing service opportunities!

Fern Creek Elementary School Mentoring 
Mentors spend 30-45 minutes with a child at Fern Creek once a week. All meetings occur at Fern Creek Elementary School (less than 5 miles from Rollins) between 8 AM and 2 PM. Besides tutoring, mentors will also focus on their student's personal growth by advising them in goal development, academic success, and personal values.

If interested please contact Alex Daubert at or at 407-691-1200 with any questions regarding these Information/Training Sessions or mentoring in general.

Catholic Charities of Central Florida - Be a Pantry Helper  
Recurring Daily: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1771 N. Semoran Blvd. Ste. B  

Volunteers will be assisting with sorting, stocking, and preparing bags of donated products as well as keeping the work area clean and safe. Volunteers must be at least sixteen years old and all volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes and be able to lift up to twenty lbs.

For more information, please contact Anita Capetillo at 407-658-1818 or via email at

Page 15 - Homework Room Drop in Tutoring  
Weekdays: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Page 15 is a local children's nonprofit that offers several free reading, writing, and tutoring programs to all OCPS students, with the majority of the children from the Parramore Neighborhood. The flagship program is the Homework Room, a drop in tutoring service at the downtown recreation center, which can serve up to forty kids a day. They are always looking for new tutors to help provide additional tutor help. Page 15 is a casual, fun, and educationally charged place ready to help kids with their homework, and have them become self-sufficient learners.

For more information, please contact Ryan Rivas at 407-422-8755 or via email at

Pathways to College

Pathways to College: The Awareness to Preparedness Model

History and Goals Pathways to College is a program designed to meet the needs of students who may not ordinarily be exposed to the idea of higher education. The program was brought to fruition six years ago to benefit the K-5th students of Fern Creek Elementary School.  In the beginning, the program was focused on providing exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the students outside of the Fern Creek campus. Grades K-2nd students were invited to campus in the Fall semester, while grades 3-5th students had their own Pathways in the Spring. The mission of the program now has taken on a broader theme, to promote enthusiasm for college as a future goal in the lives of all students. More specifically, the Rollins community hopes to make K-12th students aware of the importance of college, and to prepare older students for their future matriculation at the college or university of their choice. As of 2010-2011, the Pathways program expanded from two Pathways programs per academic year to an impressive six, with K-10th grade students able to engage the Rollins community and get excited about their academic futures. With this expansion, a model needed to be created to address the needs of all students, grades K-12th.

This model has become known as the Awareness to Preparedness Model.

Awareness Due to the nature of the Pathways program and the population the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE) hopes to serve, the direction of the model will address all students, but mostly the K-8th grade population.  The goal is to offer students with little to no knowledge of college, the opportunity to explore the Rollins' campus and familiarize themselves with the “buzzwords of college.”  It has been noted that students as young as five leave a Pathways to College day more conscientious of their academic future and more enthusiastic about it.  More importantly a supportive atmosphere is created that allows students to finally recognize and accept that college is within reach.

Preparedness Preparedness concerns the 8-12th grade population. At this stage, not only will CLCE be exposing students to the campus and Rollins' community members, but to purposeful student/staff panels, print materials, websites, and in-classroom experiences.  It is acknowledged that some of these students may be at the beginning of the spectrum, needing more time spent on “key college buzzwords” and the structure of a campus culture. Nevertheless, it should always be assumed that with this student group, college applications and SATs/ACTs are just around the corner so awareness must strongly be coupled with preparedness.

Success In order for the awareness to preparedness model to be successful it is important that the community partner that wishes to participate in the Pathways program, disclose the necessary information needed to make the program a success. The information needed will be listed on the Pathways to College application.  Schools, programs, and nonprofit organizations that seek out this event must be willing to work hand-in-hand with CLCE, in order to provide the most impactful experience possible for their students. Schools must provide pre-trip lessons regarding college access, which can be provided by the Rollins lesson plans.


Center for Leadership & Community Engagement
Rollins College
Mills Memorial Building
1000 Holt Ave. – 2789
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.691.1250