Getting Involved

  • Follow the CCBL on social media.
  • Take academic civic engagement courses at Wofford.
  • Join a student-led civic engagement organization at Wofford.
  • Find a community partner that needs you through CampusConnect.
  • Volunteer for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service.
  • Apply to become an Intergenerational Connection Fellow.
  • Apply to become a College Access Fellow or College Access Mentor.
  • If eligible, apply to become a Bonner Scholar.
  • If eligible, participate in Community Service Federal Work Study.
  • Make an appointment with staff in the CCBL to be matched with a community partner who needs you.
  • Enter your civic learning reflection product in the CCBL’s “Pathways to Purpose” showcase.
  • Get help articulating your civic learning on your resume and in interviews.
  • Apply for funding to deepen your civic learning and/or support your civic engagement activities.
  • Learn about community engagement opportunities after graduation.
  • Follow the CCBL on social media.
  • View Wofford’s existing community partnerships/collectives to see if there is already a natural connection.
  • List your volunteer needs/opportunities on Wofford’s CampusConnect site.
  • If you’re a 501(c)3 or governmental agency with designated staff members, operating within the city limits of Spartanburg, and would like to talk about developing a deep partnership with Wofford stakeholders, please contact Jessalyn in the CCBL to discuss possibilities.
  • Submit your community-based research questions.
  • Apply for funding to support your civic engagement partnership with Wofford.
  • Follow the CCBL on social media.
  • Browse resources for developing community engagement within a course.
  • Browse community-based research questions waiting for a sponsor.
  • View an exemplary, annotated civic engagement syllabus.
  • Make an appointment with Jessalyn in the CCBL to discuss your ideas and get support.
  • Talk with a Community-Engaged Faculty Fellow in the class of 2017-18.
  • Browse academic civic engagement syllabi from other schools.
  • Apply to be a Community-Engaged Faculty Fellow for 2018-19.
  • Apply for funding to support your civic engagement activities.
  • Propose a course to carry the civic engagement designation.
  • Volunteer for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service.
  • Access core readings and tools for civic-minded instructors.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national effort to use volunteers (in our case, Wofford students) to prepare tax returns for working families - helping them access the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which enjoys bi-partisan support and has been hailed as one of the greatest poverty-fighting tools we have. Using volunteers also helps families avoid paying tax prep fees to businesses that pop up in low-income neighborhoods around tax time.

For their part, students will:

  • Learn basic tax skills.
  • Deepen their understanding of a wide array of social systems re: education, employment, housing, healthcare, family stability, etc.
  • Develop empathy for people from other socio-economic statuses.
  • Build skills in collaborating across difference to achieve a civic aim.

For many, sitting with dozens of low-income families to discuss their finances debunks myths students have carried about lower-income people and about the social systems that can trap people near or below the poverty level.

Wofford’s VITA program was founded a decade ago by the compassionate and talented Professor Jenny Johnson in Accounting. In 2016, through the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL), and in continued partnership with Professor Johnson, Wofford began partnering with the SaveFirstinitiative of Impact Americato manage our VITA program. In 2017, the site moved to its current location at the Spartanburg Downtown Library headquarters. 2017 was a banner year for Wofford’s VITA program. Students in the “Introduction to Community Development” Interim and upper level Accounting classes:

  • Prepared 520 tax returns for working families in Spartanburg.
  • The average adjusted gross income of the 520 households was $18,729.
  • Average return secured was $1,153, or about 8% of the families’ adjusted gross incomes.
  • A total of more than $600,000 in tax refunds.
  • Saving the families $200,000 in tax preparation fees.
  • For a total economic impact of $800,000 – all of it going into the household coffers of lower-income, working families in Spartanburg County.

If you’re interested in getting involved with VITA, please contact a staff member.

Fellow program

Get involved with the community by joining the Fellow program. For additional information contact Dr. Kara L. Bopp or view the page online.
+ Phone: 864-597-4645
+ Email: boppkl@wofford.edu
+ Page: Fellow program