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 email@example.com.
Virtual Service Opportunities
Updated September 21.
An on-campus program in collaboration with the Center for Student Cultural Diversity and Inclusions
Date: 09/23/2020 - 12/06/2020
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 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
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)
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 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 email@example.com to receive service learning credit for your work.
You can also browse VolunteerMatch or Idealist to find an opportunity that fits you!
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.
Earthquake Detective: Listen for earthquakes by speeding up seismic waves to audible pitches
The American Soldier:Help transform this one-of-a-kind collection of reflections on war and military service by American soldiers who served during the Second World War
Cedar Creek: Eyes on the Wild: Help researchers untangle the complex and surprising interactions among North American fauna!
Mapping Change: Observe specimen samples to map species distribution over time
Penguin Watch: Count penguins via wildlife cameras
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
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
Solar Storm Watch II: Help track solar storms through space
The Koster Seafloor Observatory: Help explore Sweden’s marine biodiversity by watching deepwater recordings
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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."