Placement Selection Process

This placement process is for students who are in placement-based CBL courses (where students are volunteering 2 hours per week over the course of the semester). If students are in project-based courses and have questions about how they will be connected to their community partners, contact the Donelan Office or your CBL professor.

Step 1: Review the potential community partners for your course.

  • Read about the potential community partners selected for your course on the Donelan Office website.

Step 2: Attend CBL Orientation on Monday, January 29th at 4:30pm in Rehm Library. If you cannot attend orientation, come to the Donelan Office (Smith 326) BEFORE January 29th to sign up for your preferred community partner

  • Please bring your schedule and driver’s license (or another government-issued ID) in case the partner you choose requires you to fill out a CORI or other paperwork immediately.
  • During Orientation, you will do the following:
  1. Get questions answered about the community partner options and select your preferred agency. 
  2. Complete any necessary paperwork to onboard with your community partner (e.g., a CORI background check, volunteer application, etc.)
  3. Get directions about next steps in getting connected. 

Step 3: Get connected with your community partner.

  • Kathryn Hauver (Assistant Director of the Donelan Office) or a student leader will connect you, via e-mail, with your preferred community partner after office hours. Respond to this email to introduce yourself to your community partner and to confirm details pertaining to your weekly schedule and start date. If you don’t hear from Kathryn, a student leader, and/or your preferred agency by Monday, February 5th, please contact Kathryn (

Step 4:  Submit your CBL Registration Form (due by February 5th)

  • Once you have confirmed your placement and schedule with your community partner, you will need to notify the Donelan Office of where and when you will be completing your CBL component by filling out the CBL Registration Form. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to download the PDF version of the form,  obtain a parent/guardian signature on the form, and submit the form via email to Kathryn (

Step 5:  Arrange your CBL Transportation

  • If you need a ride to your CBL agency, make sure to complete the CBL Registration Form as soon as possible. The Registration Form includes a question about your transportation needs, as well as a separate waiver to sign should you need transportation. Answering this question and signing the waiver will prompt the J.D. Power Center to add you into our Community Engagement Uber for Business Program. Once you are added, you will then get an email from the J.D. Power Center with more information about how to access transportation for CBL. If you have questions or concerns about transportation once you’ve reviewed the Uber for Business program access and use instructions, contact the J.D. Power Center ( More information about transportation can be found here.

Step 6: Show up and ask questions!

Your first interaction with your CBL agency or site supervisor may occur through an orientation meeting after being connected via email. All CBL students should begin volunteering on a regular basis no later than the week of Monday, February 5th. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to ask questions of the Donelan Office, your agency, your peers, and your professor. Remedying questions or concerns as they arise will make for a more meaningful and fulfilling experience.