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Hope for the Community

Hope for the Community is an initiative that provides us the opportunity to learn with and from non-profit organizations and their leaders.

It's one way Hope engages students with various organizations, leaders and situations as it helps students discern, develop and employ their gifts and calling.

Non-Profit Practicum (NPP) Course

8 weeks, 2 credits

The NPP course gives NPOs access to a team of students with guidance from experienced faculty. Approximately 150 student hours will be dedicated to each NPO in volunteering and research project time. Students volunteer at an organization the first two weeks of the course to get a deeper understanding of its situation and mission. The next four weeks are dedicated to working on a research project. The last two weeks are reserved for preparation of the final presentation, feedback and reflection.

Timeline for 2019 Spring Semester class

  • November 1: Online Application Due
  • November 15: Acceptance notification 
  • December 15: Draft Project Engagement Document due
    (Professor VanderVeen will help craft the scope of the project and volunteer opportunity with you)
  • January 15: Final Project Engagement Document sign-off
  • February 1: Check-in
  • February 28–April 30: Class in session Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30–2:50 p.m. 
    (Contact person needs to be available to visit class at least three times)


Contact Steve VanderVeen at vanderveen@hope.edu.