Service Learning

Community Service, Instruction, and Reflection

For the health and safety of our community, all college offices have moved services online through June 19. College offices will reopen to the public on June 22 pending further announcements. There will be no sponsored on-ground service projects during this time.

We understand you may have a service requirement for your spring classes or wish to volunteer in the community. We will be doing our best to provide on-line or virtual service opportunities and other community engagement opportunities to students during this time. Go to our new Virtual Service Learning page to check out service learning and volunteer opportunities that can be done virtually. We will be doing our best to provide on-line or virtual service opportunities and other community engagement opportunities throughout spring quarter. Please check virtual project page frequently to stay updated. See below for more service learning information, requirements, and forms.

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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."

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. 

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. 


Service Learning Requirements, Information, and Forms

Please review the service learning requirements and required forms below 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 as to whether or not, you are required to submit these forms for class credit. Your instructor may have additional 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 stewart.sinning@edcc.edu.

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.

Service Learning Information and Requirements

Each service-learning project must have the following components:

  1. Serve - work to complete a civic action project that serves the community
  2. 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;
  3. 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:

  1. Participate in a project listed on our webpages or suggested by your instructor; or
  2. 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:

  1. Receive money for your work
  2. Serve when no academic objective is addressed
  3. Promote a specific faith or religion (you may perform social services i.e. food bank but not teach religious content)
  4. Work for a for-profit business (even without pay)

Forms

  1. You must complete and return a copy of this Acknowledgment of Risk Form to the Edmonds College Center for Service Learning before beginning your service-learning.  If you are under 18 and not an international student, your parents or guardians must review, sign and return a copy of the Acknowledgment of Risk Form to the Edmonds College Center for Service Learning before you can participate in service-learning.
  2. Please complete and submit the Service-Learning Preparation Form.
  3. Once you receive approval after submitting your Service-Learning Preparation Form, please download the following Service Learning Timesheet to track your hours. After completing your service project, please send your completed timesheet to simone.tanke@email.edcc.edu. If you cannot obtain a site signature (virtual project) for some reason, please submit your timesheet with an explanatory note. We will be in contact if we have any questions.
  4. Along with timesheet submission, please submit a reflection essay. If your class required a reflection activity, you may instead briefly describe your reflection activity or submit your reflection activity in lieu of answering the suggested questions.
  5. Please forward all completed form to simone.tanke@email.edcc.edu

Questions? Please contact Stewart Sinning at 425.640.1882 or stewart.sinning@email.edcc.edu or visit our contact page.


Accomplishments and Support

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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 College Foundation, and the Arts, Culture, and Civic Engagement Initiative at Edmonds College. 

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.