What is Service Learning?

Service learning integrates community service and the academic experience. It allows students to understand the relationship between theory and practice by making connections between a community service experience and their course readings, lectures, research, and classroom discussions. Service learning helps students sharpen their critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, develop networks of opportunity, and build their resumes and/or graduate school applications.

Want to get involved and make a difference in our community?

If so, you need to take the right steps to make sure your volunteer experience is a good one. Considering some questions and looking at the student resources can help you find a great match that benefits you and the community!

  1. Ask yourself:
    • How do you define service?
    • Why do you want to get involved?
    • What do you hope to gain from the experience?
    • What do you think you can offer?
    • What good things do you see happening in our community?
    • What are you passionate about?
    • How much time do you have to give?
    • Do you have reliable transportation?
  2. Look through the directory on our Get Involved page for both one-time service opportunities and regular, on-going service opportunities. Students are also welcome to volunteer or intern for the Center for Community Engagement, provided they have prior experience engaging in service-related activities.
  3. Research a few agencies that interest you.
  4. Contact the agency.
  5. Keep in touch with the Center for Community Engagement sharing with us how you are partnering with our community organizations. Let us know how it’s going. We’re here to support your volunteer effort!