Each year the Center works with partners throughout the community to create experiences for our students, make positive change, and have a presence that reaches beyond our campus. The Center staff and students take pride in these partnerships that have been created and look forward to working with them each year.
Our community partners traditionally include government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses, education institutions, and churches in the Alliance community and beyond.
If your organization is interested in hosting an intern, sharing with students or recruiting volunteers from Mount Union, please contact Abby Schroeder to share your needs.
Non-Profit Awareness Week
Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
The mission of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter is to empower and assist survivors of verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse by providing education, resources, emergency shelter and transitional support services.
Director - Kim Stanley
Mount Union Board Members - Michelle Collins-Sibley, Kelly Stout
"I’ve served on the board of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter for seven years; I’ll begin my eighth year of service this June 2021. Ours a vision of community-wide collaboration such that we not only provide emergency shelter but also educational outreach through programs about teen dating violence offered through area schools or our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes held here on Mount Union’s campus as well as internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students." - Michelle Collins-Sibley
"I have been a member of the AADVS Board of Directors for about a year and a half. When I moved to Alliance two years ago, I knew I wanted to be involved with the community but specifically with an organization that helped victims of crime. As a victimologist, I work with survivors on a constant basis and know the trauma they face can be devastating. There is always a need for support for survivors of crime but particularly those that suffer from interpersonal violence. AADVS was mentioned to me by several people when I came to Mount Union, and I knew it was an organization that I wanted to be involved with." - Kelly Stout
Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity
Seeking to put God's love into action, Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Director - Niki McIlvain
Mount Union Board Members - Carolyn Reid, Stephen Kramer
I was one of the founding members of the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity board of trustees back in 1993 and have been involved as a board member and/or volunteer every year since then. I have served in various capacities including president through the years. I am currently the chair of the personnel committee and volunteer regularly on its many builds. Our affiliate has now built over 50 homes in the Alliance Area. Our main goal is to provide decent affordable housing for those lacking it. I see this as a critical need for everyone. Having a decent home to live in is closely related to one's sense of well-being." - Stephen Kramer
Alliance Community Pantry
Mission: Working within the community to end hunger.
Board President - Carol Henry
Mount Union Board Members - Stephen Dages, Ivory Lyons, Beth Canfield-Simbro
"My favorite part of the experience so far is being with an organization that has values aligning with my own. The Alliance Community Pantry works hard to meet the needs of those in our community by providing help with food, hygiene, and even transportation. My main involvements on the board are to support these initiatives and to serve as the liaison between the Pantry and UMU’s Raiders Cove!" - Stephen Dages
"I value so much that the Alliance community pantry is a choice pantry; everyone deserves to have some choices with the food they eat, and I think it is fantastic that the pantry empowers clients to make decisions about the food they want. The pantry board's ability to pivot during the COVID-19 epidemic by offering pick-up bags of food has awed me. Clients still need food, and even though it is definitely not business as usual, the pantry board and volunteers are still doing their best to end hunger in the Alliance community." - Beth Canfield-Simbro
Alliance Family YMCA
To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Board President - Brittany Acuff
Mount Union Board Members - Abby Schroeder, Betsy Ekey
"Having access to such a wide variety of enrichment activities for community members of all ages important to me. Providing our community a safe place to seek childcare, exercise, and learn benefits all of us. I know that athletics and healthy lifestyles are important for everyone, especially children and am so proud of all the YMCA offers." - Abby Schroeder
YWCA of Alliance
YWCA Alliance is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
Board President - Stacie Weimer
Mount Union Board Members - Renee Young, Callie Flonnoy, Anne Christo-Baker, Michelle Sams
"The mission of the Y speaks directly to my personal values to empower women of all walks of life. I believe that by providing resources that educate and develop lifelong skills for women we will see a lasting impact that can affect future generations. I serve this organization because I can actually see the difference it makes in the community and I do not have to question it." - Callie Flonnoy
"I embrace the mission of the YWCA. For most of my professional life that spans over four decades, I have sought to ensure and promote equality and equity in workplaces and society. This focus is well aligned with the mission of the YWCA and its programming. Thus being a member of this organization, I gladly participate in and support the programming that is geared toward creating lasting change in the lives of community members." - Anne Christo-Baker