We understand you may have a service requirement for your fall classes or wish to volunteer in the community. On this page, we will list service opportunities that can be done virtually or that can be engaged with social distancing. We will be doing our best to provide on-line or virtual service opportunities and other community engagement opportunities throughout fall quarter. Please check this website frequently to stay updated or go to the Edmonds College events calendar and check the Service Learning checkbox for additional opportunities.
Please review the service learning requirements and required forms on our Service Learning Home page before embarking on a service project. We understand many of our students have a service learning requirement as part of their classes. Please check with your instructor(s) as to whether or not, you are required to submit these forms for class credit. Your instructor may have additional or similar requirements in place. If you are beginning a service project that is not a class requirement, you must fill out all forms. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated January 28 with new opportunities.
Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose Volunteer Opportunity
The BLM Committee in the Edmonds School District is putting together a series of events in February and March for the Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose.
They are looking for student volunteers for a read-aloud program each Monday, Wednesday,
and Friday in February. It would be pre-recorded and posted on the district's Facebook
page. If you are willing to volunteer as a reader or know any colleagues or students
They are also looking for students to share their talent (art, poetry, dance, anything!) centered around Blackness in the "Arts In Action" student showcase.
Sign-up to be a reader for online book here:
Sign-up to participate in Student Spoken Word and Art Show
Food Pantry Cookbook Recipe Project
The Edmonds College Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help create recipe cards to put together in a cookbook! The purpose of this project is to create simple, nutritional recipes for us to share with our visitors to provide them with healthy options while using the food they take home each week from our pantry.
There are three different types of recipes you can create:
- A meal using multiple food pantry items that we could display as a “Featured Meal of the Week”
- A substitute/alternative for another item typically found in a recipe (e.g using applesauce as a substitute for oil or butter while baking)
- A unique way to cook and incorporate the bulk items we buy (pasta, rice, black, pinto, garbanzo beans, lentils, etc.)
If you're interested in volunteering with the campus food pantry, please sign up here with our Cookbook Recipe Sign-up Form. For more information about this opportunity, check out our Cookbook Recipe Project Presentation! Please contact Hayley Johnson at email@example.com with any questions.
A virtual citizen-science volunteer opportunity with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada.
Date: 11/14/2020 - 4/9/2021
Place: Virtual - All from the comfort of your home!
Are you looking for a way to connect to nature during the cold, rainy winter without having to leave the comfort of your home? You can start right now by connecting with your friendly backyard birds during Project FeederWatch! This is a citizen-science project, where you will be volunteering with thousands of other people all over the continent to monitor over 100 different bird species that spend their winters in North America. The data you report to FeederWatch tells researchers where birds are as well as where they are not. This information enables scientists to piece together accurate population maps, and it helps them determine when species are at risk.
You don’t even need a feeder to participate in this project, all you need is a place with plants, shelter, water or food that attracts birds. The schedule is also designed to be flexible to your own schedule. You get to choose how long you want to count birds and how many days you want to count for. During your participation, you will also be required to submit a photograph to the participant map OR the Wild Birds Unlimited BirdSpotter Photo Contest. The number of service-learning hours you will receive is determined by how much time you spend counting and reporting data to FeederWatch. Final project submissions with your completed project counts and photograph(s) will be due no later than March 12, 2021, by 11:59 pm. Please contact Hayley Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have about this project!
To participate, please click on the following link: Project FeederWatch Presentation to view the required project forms and further instructions.
Attention Birders and FeederWatchers - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is calling on you to help protect our backyard birds by reducing the risk and spread of diseases! This winter is especially important as we experience an irruption of pine siskins and finches who are susceptible to contracting salmonellosis, a common and usually fatal bird disease caused by the salmonella bacteria. The best way you can prevent the spread of salmonellosis is by removing your bird feeders from your backyard and encouraging the birds to forage naturally off native vegetation. If you’re still interested in keeping your feeders up as you participate in Project FeederWatch, we just ask that you take extra precautions to keep your feeders clean by first rinsing the feeder well with warm soapy water, then dunking in a solution of nine parts water and one part bleach. Then, finish by rinsing and fully drying before refilling and setting back up. For more information, please check out the WDFW article found here. Thank you for helping care for our backyard birds!
Volunteer Coach for Girls on the Run
Girls in our community need you! See your impact in the faces of our future by mentoring girls this Spring.
Each season Girls on the Run has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults.
Coaches do not need to be runners; they just need to be individuals that want to be a positive influence and who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth.
As a coach, you and your co-coaches will lead your team through fun and interactive lessons, safely in person or virtually.
Our staff will provide you with training, curriculum, and everything you need to make a real difference in the lives of girls in Snohomish County. Coaches can choose between in-person/fluid and virtual team options. Teams meet 2x/week from April 19th - June 12th at locations throughout Snohomish County. Our volunteers will determine where and how many teams we can offer this spring!
- Volunteer coaches must be 18 years old and pass an online background check.
Commit to 32-35 hours total. 2 afternoons/week for 90 minutes, either M/W or T/Th schedule.
- Complete training by the beginning of season (coach applications are open now. Training is online and on-demand, so coaches can take their time for the next month or do it all at once, whatever works for you)
- Spring 2021 season will begin April 19 and end June 12.
- Pre-season training, 2x/week meetings with the team, 90 minutes each
- Coaches can be male or female
- Have fun!
- Girls on the Run of Snohomish County provides all necessary training, including CPR/First Aid.
- Includes a 2-part webinar on Equity and Inclusion, provided through a partnership with the Community Foundation of Snohomish County.
- Location - Volunteers can pick their site from various locations throughout Snohomish County
- No preparation required. Volunteers are trained, prepared, and supported by Girls on the Run staff before they meet with teams and throughout the 8-week season.
- Service hours will be tracked for this project
Note on COVID19:
Girls on the Run will provide training and materials to keep coaches and girls safe while at practice. All local guidelines will be followed strictly and staff will be in frequent communication with coaches to ensure all rules are being followed.
Primary contact name: Leah Bernstein, Program Director
Contact phone: 206-437-5607
Contact email: leah.bernstein@girlsontherun
Website link: www.girlsontherunsnoco.org
Virtual Service Project: The Pandemic Times
Time: Scheduled with Edmonds Historical Museum (EHM) for 4-week minimum commitment
Location: Virtual setting via Zoom. Scheduled with Edmonds Historical Museum (EHM)
Service Hours: 10 hours per episode completed
Contacts: To begin project contact Simone Tanke You will then be assigned to a direct contact with the Project Manager
Project Registration: Registration and orientation is required before the first episode is filmed. Please review the attached link in its entirety, for the commitment obligations of this project. The Pandemic Times: Project Presentation and Overview
Edmonds College students have been requested by Edmonds Historical Museum to participate in a filmed documentary series! This project is a 4-week minimum commitment. This docu-series is filmed by episode, and students will gain 10 service-learning hours per episode! Students will be assigned an integral role as an actor, producer, social media and community marketing, or interviewer! This is decided between the student and EHM director. A brief overview is as follows:
Although everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Initial focus will be on an intergenerational partnership that matches seniors ages 65-plus with high school- or college-age students. Each senior will be randomly matched to two students. One student will serve as the Producer in charge of episode planning, video, audio and editing and the other student and senior will be Cast Members who share their experiences of living through a worldwide pandemic Those who want to participate will be asked to video record their story via a phone, tablet or similar electronic device. Each episode recorded between now and December 31, 2020 will be included in CoronaCoaster Season 1, aptly named ‘The Pandemic Times’!
An on-campus program in collaboration with the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusions
Date: Jan. 4-March 6
When we hear the words culture, diversity, or equity, what does that even mean?! How about intersectionality, ethnicity, and inclusion? Is it race or discrimination, prejudice, or stereotype? Many terms we say or hear, are used interchangeably, it can be confusing - and that can make us confused! This program is an opportunity to learn, expand, and enlarge our understanding of how we communicate with each other. This program also allows us, as individuals, to honor and acknowledge our own multiculturalism.
We encourage students to apply their previous and current instructional knowledge in this project. Ask questions, seek answers, and embrace your individuality! This will be a virtual service-learning project totaling 4 hours. Articles, videos, and a brief introduction will be available to access at your convenience. Project submissions (please see the presentation for options of reflection) will be due by December 6th, 2020, by 11:59 pm.
To participate in this project, please click on the following link: Becoming Aware Presentation to view the required project forms and further instructions.
Beach Cleanup & Fundraiser
The Secular Student Alliance, University of Washington Chapter and Secular Student Alliance are planning a beach cleanup day for Sunday February 21st. We will be following all UW designated COVID precautions which would translate to each student picking up trash on their own or in a small socially distanced group and logging individual items in a phone app.
Check out the Facebook event page
and signup link
Service Learning at Shepherds Garden
Serving low-income seniors 62 and older in Lynnwood, Shepherd’s Garden is an eco-designed, energy-efficient affordable housing community right next to Edmonds College. Shepherd’s Garden is a HumanGood community whose mission is to help older adults be everything they want to be and to redefine the meaning of aging well. We are looking for student service project ideas that are designed to support the residents of Shepherd’s Garden in the pursuit of an engaged, purposeful life. Interested students or student teams who would like to submit a proposal shall develop a virtual engagement opportunity that can be presented to Shepherd’s Garden residents. Projects may be limited to single residents or small to larger group activities. All ideas will be considered. Projects may be varied. Ideas may include:
- Entertainment, music, comedy, arts and crafts
- Poetry and or story reading
- Educational classes, ESL, ASL, language, workshops, lectures, how-tos on health, exercise, budgeting, computer and technology instruction, gardening
- Provide a lesson on a subject in your area
- Holiday celebrations, cultural sharing, oral histories, journaling
- Games or puzzles i.e. bingo
- Meal planning or cooking demos
- Misc. social interaction activities
If you have something to share, we want your ideas. It is the expectation that Edmonds College students will:
- Develop the activities
- Facilitate the activities
- Facilitate a presentation to your class and/or submit to the Center for Service-Learning a reflection activity on how this program enhanced your learning and how it impacted the community members.
To submit a proposal, please complete the Shepherd’s Garden Project Proposal Form. For questions, please contact email@example.com. Once we have received your proposal form, we will be in contact to discuss further details.
All projects must be pre-approved by the Edmonds College Center for Service-Learning and Shepherd’s Garden Management before project may begin.
Spreading Awareness on Consent and Bystander Intervention
Project Description: Students are invited to create an artistic project in order to support remote outreach efforts of the Violence Prevention program. They may create digital art, a PSA, write a story/poem(s), create videos, or paint something and upload it, etc.
Service Purpose/Project Goal: Students will become aware of the issues of consent and bystander intervention and become empowered by educating others via their service. They will learn about communication and collaboration to achieve social change while assisting the Violence Prevention program in their messaging.
Project Date: Ongoing
Service-Learning Hours: 5 hours
Contact: Please contact Amanda Greene for further project instructions and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Learning: Create face masks for frontline COVID-19 organizations!
Many organizations like hospitals, food banks, shelters, and other essential services are asking for the public’s help donating sewn and non-sewn face masks. The CDC recommends that the general public wear cloth masks when in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Help slow the spread of Covid-19 by creating face masks, and earn service learning credit for doing so! Two completed sewn/non-sewn face masks is equivalent to one hour of service learning time.
CDC Website on DIY Face Masks
https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent- getting-sick/diy-cloth-face- coverings.html
Tutorials for masks can be found on Youtube and elsewhere online, please make sure that your masks comply with CDC standards.
Mask Making Opportunities:
Heart of Hospice direct link is https://www.idealist.org/en/volunter-opportunity/035a2f5cc3684ba0adda2674c000c82f-volunteers-needed-to-make-face-masks-heart-to-heart-hospice-in-marion-marion
Lots of organizations besides those listed above are taking mask donations, feel free to help any organization that needs it!
Please follow site specific instructions when preparing your donation. Different organizations have different requirements for masks, and how to deliver donations, among other things. Take a picture of yourself with the masks you’ve made (not wearing them), and fill out this form when finished!
VolunteerMatch Virtual Volunteer Hub
We invite you to visit theVolunteerMatch resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions you can take today to support your community.
Idealist and VolunteerMatch virtual opportunities
VolunteerMatch and Idealist are two great websites for finding virtual service learning
opportunities. Below is a recommended list of virtual opportunities (local and abroad)
you may use to complete service learning requirements for classes. Once you’re in
contact with a sponsoring organization please email Stewart Sinning at email@example.com
to receive service learning credit for your work.
Assemble Kits for a Cause
Zooniverse Research Projects
Earn service learning hours online by participating in science projects through Zooniverse. Help researchers around the world with tasks you can complete on your computer. Some projects include monitoring wildlife cameras, climate patterns, deciphering botany samples, or identifying marine invertebrates!
To get started visit www.zooniverse.org and create an account. Students may choose from any project to participate in, and can track the classifications you’ve completed from your profile page. In order to receive service learning credit you must complete our Zooniverse Project Reflection form which includes uploading a screenshot of your profile page and completed classification number. Approximately fifty classifications equals one hour of service learning credit.
- OceanEYEs: Help count and measure fish with NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center for the management of the Hawaiʻi “Deep 7” bottomfish fishery
- NestCams: Watch birds on their nests and help find out more about their breeding behavior
- Cedar Creek: Eyes on the Wild: Help researchers untangle the complex and surprising interactions among North American fauna!
- Floating Forests: Use satellite imagery to identify kelp forests
- Manatee Chat: Identify Manatee calls from audio clips
- Penguin Watch: Count penguins via wildlife cameras
- Seal Watch: Help monitor populations of seals across the world using photographs
- Fossil Atmospheres: Count cells in modern and fossilized leaves to track climate change through history
- Aurora Zoo: Observe and identify patterns in the Aurora Borealis
- Galaxy Zoo: Clump Scout: Study nearby galaxies to find regions where stars are being born
- Mapping Change: Observe specimen samples to map species distribution over time
- Mapping Historic Skies: Identify historic constellations in celestial maps from the Adler Planetarium's collection in Chicago, IL
- World Architecture Unlocked: Transcribe information from photographs of buildings and monuments from across the world and throughout the ages
- Chimp & See: Study videos to identify chimpanzee species and to help understand the lives of these apes.
- Spiral Graph: Help measure the winding of spiral arms in galaxies to identify future galaxies to study in more detail
- Invader ID: Identify marine invertebrates to help track coastal changes over time
- Addressing Health: Help understand the health outcomes of workers in service sector employment in the UK in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
- Star Notes: Help transcribe the groundbreaking work of early women astronomers!
Go to the Catchafire website. Catchafire is a skills based volunteer matching organization that matches professionally-skilled volunteers with nonprofits and social enterprises.
Filter through volunteer opportunities based on cause area, skillset, and time commitment to find the best option for you. Choose to volunteer in ways ranging from a 1-hour phone call, to a 3-month pre-scoped project.
- Create a Catchafire profile and apply for volunteer opportunities through a 2-question application.
- If the project requires an interview, they’ll reach out to schedule a two-way conversation between you and the organization.
- If you and the organization both decide it's a good fit, you'll be matched and can begin working together!
More Virtual Service Learning!
Check out the following programs if you’re looking for virtual volunteer opportunities you can put towards service learning requirements. Once registered for a program send a screenshot with confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive service learning credit.
UN online volunteering
"The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development." goals, everyone wins.
Amnesty International Decoders
"Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents."
Volunteer as a Citizen Scholar with Smithsonian Transcription Center
"Volunteer virtually with the Smithsonian Transcript Center or the Smithsonian Wikipedia Volunteer. Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer and help us make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible. Join 18,006 "volunpeers" to add more to the total 534,922 pages of field notes, diaries, ledgers, logbooks, currency proof sheets, photo albums, manuscripts, biodiversity specimens’ labels that have been collaboratively transcribed and reviewed since June 2013."