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Service Learning

Virtual Projects

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

Virtual Service Opportunities

Updated October 8th.

imageVirtual Service Project: Conversations in a Garden

Program Link: Conversations in a Garden Project

Times per quarter:

  • Fall 2020: Now-Nov. 6, 2020
  • Winter 2021: Jan. 4, 2021-Feb. 22, 2021
  • Spring 2021: Apr. 5, 2021-May 4, 2021

Service Learning Hours: 6hours

Introduction/Brief Description
2020 has been a time of reflection for many, opportunity to take a trip down memory lane for others, or charter new, unknown territory for some. This upcoming academic year, the Center for Service-Learning and the Good Shepherd Community have teamed up to provide the opportunity to come together for "Conversations in a Garden." In these conversations, we aim to engage with a multigenerational and multicultural community at Shepards Garden through phone and video calls. 

Prior registration is required. The project's commitment is a minimum of 4-weeks, and the last day to register in the program is Friday, November 6th, 2020. Participants will be paired with a member of the Good Shepherd Community for the program's duration with a possible extension if desired! This program's primary objective is to grow our understanding and empathy, cultivate the ability to recognize contrasts in cultures, generativity, and views based on life experiences.  

Students and Community Members will be paired within 4 days from receiving all required pre-project forms.

Virtual Service Project: The Pandemic Timeslogo

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 

Project Description:

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’!

Becoming Aware

becoming aware imageAn on-campus program in collaboration with the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusions

Date: 09/23/2020 - 12/06/2020
Place: Virtual 

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. 

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 

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 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:

El Centro de la Raza Food Bank (sewn masks only) volunter-opportunity/ e2ca62591df94df68694c920ada91d cc-mask-makers-needed-at-el- centro-de-la-raza-el-centro- de-la-raza-seattle

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

 Volunteer match logoWe invite you to click "learn more" to visit the VolunteerMatch 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 to receive service learning credit for your work.

Assemble Kits for a Cause

Prayer Shawls for Hospice Patients

Mask Sewing Volunteers for Hospice in San Diego!

Forest Fire Prevention Serious Game Simulation

Homeless Prevention Simulation

Covid Monitor - Farmer Frog


You can also browse VolunteerMatch or Idealist to find an opportunity that fits you!  

zooniverse logoZooniverse 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 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.

Suggested Projects

American WWI Burial Cards: Help transcribe the card register of burials of deceased American soldiers in WWI
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
eMammal: Help verify animal identification from pictures taken with wildlife cameras 
Snapshot Wisconsin: Help identify animals caught on wildlife cameras in Wisconsin 
Iguanas from Above: Count Galapagos Marine Iguanas in aerial photographs to help save this endangered species
Invader ID: Identify marine invertebrates to help track coastal changes over time
Floating Forests: Use satellite imagery to identify kelp forests
Manatee Chat: Identify Manatee calls from audio clips
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
Spiral Graph: Measure the spiral arms in galaxies
Galaxy Zoo: Clump Scout: Study nearby galaxies to find regions where stars are being born
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

catchafire logo


Go to the Catchafire website. Catchafire is a skills based volunteer matching organization that matches professionally-skilled volunteers with nonprofits and social enterprises.

  1. 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.
  2. Create a Catchafire profile and apply for volunteer opportunities through a 2-question application.
  3. If the project requires an interview, they’ll reach out to schedule a two-way conversation between you and the organization.
  4. If you and the organization both decide it's a good fit, you'll be matched and can begin working together!

Shepherds garden pictureService 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:

  1. Develop the activities
  2. Facilitate the activities
  3. 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 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.

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 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."

More opportunities updated regularly. Check back soon!


Please contact Stewart Sinning at 425.640.1882 or or visit our contact page.