Community Service, Instruction, and Reflection
Sponsored Projects and Events
Get involved in your community, and do something fun and exciting! Our sponsored projects are a great way to make a difference in your community, meet new people, network with local community partners, build your resume, and have fun.
If you have a service learning requirement for your classes or wish to volunteer in the community. Go to our Service-Learning Project page to check out service-learning and volunteer opportunities that can be done in-person or virtually.
The Center for Service-Learning at Edmonds College provides support for service-learning courses and events at the college and in the community.
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse describes service-learning as "a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
We offer different projects each quarter (There are limited projects during summer quarter), and more could be added, so check back often.
We understand many of our students have a service-learning requirement as part of their classes. Please check with your instructor to make sure your chosen service project meets the class requirements and objectives. Your instructor may have additional requirements in place. If you have a service project idea that is not listed on our website or assigned by an instructor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure your project meets our service learning guidelines.
Before you embark on your service-learning experience, make sure that you have received approval from the Center for Service-Learning or your instructor. We don't want you to complete service work that does not meet the guidelines of either Edmonds College Center for Service-Learning or your instructors and then not get credit for your service.
Your class may require a certain amount of service hours. Please review your instructor’s class requirements and the organization’s expectations and communicate with your organization prior to beginning your service to determine the exact amount of time you will need to commit to the organization. For instance, if you class requires 5 hours of service, but the organization or project you choose requires a longer commitment, your service-learning experience should not be abbreviated into a short period of time; rather, your commitment should last for the duration of the service project, in order to make the most of the experience and impact of your service.
Each service-learning project must have the following components:
- Service – work to complete a civic action project that serves the community
- Learning – learn about the context in which your service is provided, the connection between your service and your coursework, and your roles as community members;
- Reflection – write about, discuss, or demonstrate in some way what you have learned and experienced through the service learning experience.
Students can complete projects in one of two ways:
- Participate in a project listed on our web page or suggested by your instructor; or
- Self-placements. Self-placements can be used to meet the service-learning requirement for your course if you have an existing volunteer relationship with a non-profit or government organization, or find a service project through another resource AND the nature of your service work aligns with the learning goals of your course.
If you are working on your own to complete your service-learning project, be sure that you do not:
- Receive money for your work
- Serve when no academic objective is addressed
- Promote a specific faith or religion (you may perform social services i.e. food bank but not teach religious content)
- Work for a for-profit business (even without pay)
Accomplishments and Support
In the past 15 years, the center has hosted full-time AmeriCorps members and provided $250,000 in part-time AmeriCorps education awards to 200 students. The Center has brought more than $300,000 in grants to the college last year alone, hosted four regional service-learning workshops, and supported an average of 525 service-learning students who provided nearly 30,000 hours of service to 57 campus and community partners per year.
These efforts have been recognized nationally with the following awards:
- Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award from Campus Compact
- Service-Learning Collaboration Award from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement.
Support for these programs comes from the Associated Students of Edmonds College and other campus and community partners.
Washington Service Corps
Funded by the Washington Service Corps, our AmeriCorps member, Brian McGraw, will be leading our service-learning projects that focus on environmental restoration in our community. Our AmeriCorps volunteer also supports our Green Team Student Sustainability Advocates, who are dedicated to providing education to the campus about sustainable practices.