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2019 Service-Learning Symposium: Glynn Environmental Coalition Membership Survey

2019 Service-Learning Symposium

Presentation Details

Glynn Environmental Coalition Membership Survey

Authors: Benjamin Dolan, Sydney Lott, and Robert McCall

Faculty Supervisor: Marci R. Culley, Ph.D.

Abstract:

This poster will present a service-learning (S-L) project conducted to fulfill partial requirements for a psychology class in Program Development and Grant Writing (PSYC 4510) and in partnership with the Glynn Environmental Coalition’s (GEC) Executive Director and Board of Directors. GEC is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 by local citizens to address significant environmental contamination in the area, is focused on governmental oversight and environmental justice issues, and engages in community organizing and advocacy, public education / outreach, and technical assistance. The S-L project required that students apply the theories and concepts learned in the class to help to meet a need for the organization. In particular, GEC needed up-to-date demographic data from their members (to satisfy requirements of potential funders) and a preliminary needs assessment (to explore members’ perceptions of the organization and local environmental issues and determine the extent that GEC is perceived to be serving the community). The survey, disseminated in both digital and paper forms, was comprised of multiple-choice and open-ended questions and was developed collaboratively with GEC. Surveys were distributed to all GEC members (n = 99) in early April via the U.S. Postal Service, as well as via email for members with an email address (n = 77). Data collection is ongoing. Data analysis will begin on April 15th and findings will be presented and discussed at the S-L Symposium and to our community partners at the end of the semester.