Community Service, Instruction, and Reflection
The Center for Service-Learning at Edmonds Community 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."
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. We offer 20-25 different projects each quarter (There are limited projects during summer quarter), and more could be added, so check back often. If you want to find some organizations on your own, check out Volunteer Match. They're a great volunteer search engine!
Sign up for upcoming projects!
All of these projects will have the supervision of a Center for Service-Learning staff member and some transportation provided. Children are welcome at some events if their own transportation is provided. Look for family friendly events.
Longer term Service Learning opportunity
Mercy Housing Homework Club - Academic Development Assistant
Location: 2721 Lincoln Way, Lynnwood, WA 98087
(Volunteers will be provided an ORCA card for transportation)
Description: Mercy Housing's Mission:
Our non-profit organization’s mission is: “To create stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.”
Mercy Housing is looking for Edmonds CC students to assist with various academic and extra- curricular activities working with elementary, middle and high school students during a program named Homework Club. This role includes one on one tutoring, as well as working with groups. The program goal is to make a serious impact on the students’ academic development as well as involve them in character building activities. Focus on reading and math is primary, however other subjects will be included depending on need. A focus on social and emotional learning is fostered during this program as well. The right candidates will be able to engage students and instill a desire to improve and develop a love of learning. This opportunity provides a really fun way to get hands on experience in working with children and youth. Substantial refreshments are part of the program and cooking projects are a popular activity. A commitment from now through June is what is needed.
The days and hours of the Homework Club program are Mon.-Thurs., 3-5 p.m.
- Volunteers will commit to at least one quarter of service
- Volunteers will work with Mercy Housing to develop their schedule
- Volunteers are not required to serve all days, at least one day a week is required, more is desirable
- Volunteer schedules will be adjusted/reviewed quarterly
- Volunteers would have to have a background check (paid by Mercy Housing).
- Guidelines and training provided by program administration.
- Be able to pass background check
- Computer Literacy
- Be able to help students with reading, math, stem, art, music, etc
- Assist students with social and emotional learning initiatives
- CPR and/or First Aid training - desirable but not necessary
- Driver's License - desirable but not necessary, being on time required
- 18 or older – desirable but not necessary
- Pre-Placement Training - minimal
- Bilingual is always a plus but not necessary – (Ukrainian, Russian, Twi)
- Being energetic and engaging
Interested students should contact Stewart Sinning at 425-640-1882 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Accomplishments and Support
In the past six years, the center has hosted 14 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 Washington Campus Compact, American Association of Community Colleges, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Edmonds CC Foundation, and the Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement Initiative at Edmonds CC.
Washington Service Corps
Funded by the Washington Service Corps, our AmeriCorps member will be increasing 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.