How to Get Involved

Benefits of Service Learning/Volunteering “Receive as much as you give”

Benefits of Volunteering - When volunteering in the community, you:

  • Gain a sense of satisfaction
  • Know that you are needed
  • See that you are making a difference in someone’s life
  • Help the advancement of a cause
  • Learn a new skill
  • Make a new friend
  • Put something important on your resume
  • Put something important on college transfer applications

Benefits to Students – The students’ learning experience is enhanced because they get to apply theoretical ideas they’ve learned in class in a very practical way, by applying them to real-life situations.

  • When students are involved in service learning, they:
    • Enrich and apply classroom knowledge
    • Explore careers/majors
    • Broaden horizons
    • Document experiences
    • Have a chance to make a difference
    • Improve citizenship, life, self-learning, occupational, and critical thinking skills
    • Improve self-esteem
    • Enjoy
    • Become aware of their community and its needs
    • Develop ethically and morally

    Benefits to Community/The Organization – Students provide a service to non-profit agencies that cannot otherwise be met due to the small budget non-profits work under. When students volunteer in the community as part of their coursework, the community/organization:

    • Participates in students education
    • Gains future citizen support
    • Increases ability to hire good students
    • Gets new ideas to meet human needs
    • Receives mutually beneficial interactions
    • Gains new roles for supervisors
    • Develops better community resources for all citizens
    • Receives continuing support from citizens who are becoming more aware of the needs and resources in the community
    • Receives needed publicity about their needs and services

    Service Learning Categories

    • *Advocacy

    • *Animals – Care, Education, Protection and Welfare, Rescue, Therapy

    • *Arts – Museums, Historical Preservation

    • Children – Childcare, After School Programs, Child Development

    • Community – Civic Organizations, Scouts, Municipal Government

    • Corrections/Law Enforcement

    • Developmentally Disabled – Support Services, Group homes, Therapeutic Riding Program

    • Education/Schools – Art, Music, Tutoring, Athletics, ESL, Special Education, Mentoring

    • Elderly/Senior Citizens/Older Adults

    • Emergency – Crisis, Disaster Assistance, Clean-up

    • Family/Support Services

    • Fire and Rescue

    • Food/Hunger

    • Fundraising/Special Events/Festivals

    • Health/Wellness – Hospital, YMCA

    • Homelessness/Poverty Prevention & Assistance

    • Human Services - Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Substance Abuse

    • Military

    • Parks/Nature/Environmental

    • Political Campaigns

    • Recreation/Sports/Fitness – Coaching Youth/Athletics, Athletic Associations, Cheerleading

    • Religious Community/Religious Education

    • Youth Services and Programs

    • Miscellaneous

    • *May not be suitable for direct service projects for Sociology 101.

    *May not be suitable for direct service projects for Sociology 101.

    Service Learning Hour Report

    Service Learning Student Information

    Clubs and Organizations

Contact Information and Links

Brenda Davis
Service Learning Coordinator
Center for Student Engagement
301.846.2540
240.629.7898 FAX

Links