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From the Office of the President to the dormitories of first-year students, there is a strong commitment to community service at the University of Pennsylvania. The Center for Community Partnerships serves as Penn's bridge to the community by channeling the idealism, skills, and abilities of Penn faculty, staff, and students and the resources of the University to help improve the quality of life in our city and neighborhoods. Since 1992, the Center for Community Partnerships has been the cornerstone of community service efforts at Penn. Building upon the University's strong foundation of community-based programs and drawing upon Benjamin Franklin's legacy that service is "the great Aim and End of all Learning", the Center has become a model of "practical idealism" for higher education.