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All programs completed through the Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation are considered service-learning opportunities. These opportunities are with GEGF-approved, nonprofit organizations and are divided into two categories: unfunded service and funded service.
Unfunded service-learning opportunities are typically completed with a nonprofit organization in the Lake County community. The Foundation has connections with numerous organizations throughout the local area to help with the opportunity matching process. Students spend three to six hours a week volunteering at their site under a designated site supervisor.
Prior to beginning an opportunity, the student and Director will discuss the student’s interests and career goals and identify potential placements. The GEGF also stresses that many “soft skills” learned through committed service can be transferred into any professional position. After a potential placement is identified, the student and Director will meet with the site supervisors. If both the supervisor and the student agree the opportunity will be beneficial to both parties, the student will begin their service.
Funded service refers to any service-learning opportunity during which a student receives funding in any form, including work stipends, food stipends, airfare, housing, program fee, etc.
Many GEGF funded programs are offered by recommendation and/or invitation only; however, students are always welcome into the office to discuss potential opportunities.
All Groner Recipients are expected to complete two semesters of approved, unfunded community service through the GEGF before beginning a funded program; however, the arrangement of opportunities is made at the discretion of the Director and Trustees.
The GEGF does not fund Lake Forest College tuition, for-credit programs or for-profit opportunities.
Potential Opportunity Sites
To learn more about local, national and global opportunities, please contact the GEGF Director or see the Grace Elizabeth Groner website.
Personal & Professional Development Workshops
To further the Foundation’s goal of supporting GEGF Recipients’ personal, academic and professional development, the GEGF hosts several workshops each semester. These workshops often take place as Sundays@One, an event series targeted at a range of relevant issues facing college students.
The GEGF believes that students in every area of study should have one thing in common: they should consider how their future work can contribute to sustainable practices on the local and/or global scale.
In accordance with this belief, the Groner Foundation hosts a series of sustainability meetings for GEGF Recipients each semester. These student-run meetings are inspired by the need for an all-hands-on-deck approach to the issues facing our world today.
Regardless of a student’s majors or interests, everyone is able to become involved in these discussions through sharing questions as well the experiences and knowledge they have gained both from their personal and academic backgrounds.