We understand you may have a service requirement for your spring 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 spring quarter. Please check this website frequently to stay updated.
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.
Virtual Service Opportunities
Updated May 6 with new volunteer opportunities!
New* Spreading Awareness on Consent and Bystander Intervention
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.
Now through Spring Quarter
Contact and Signup
Interested students should contact Amanda Greene for further project instructions and questions at email@example.com.
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)
Seattle Children’s Hospital (sewn masks only)
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project
https://www.idealist.org/en/ volunter-opportunity/ b9e5ced88a1743d397a086994d5e5d 01-covid-19-in-seattle- homemade-face-masks-for- homeless-and-low-income- individuals-and-frontline- staff-real-change-homeless- empowerment-project-seattle
Washington State Hospitals by City, How to Donate
Seattle Times - ‘Want to donate to coronavirus causes 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
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. You can also browse VolunteerMatch or Idealist to find an opportunity that fits you! Once you’re in contact with a sponsoring organization please email Shane Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive service learning credit for your work.
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
Power to the People: Help us find rural homes in Africa to expand electrical access.
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
Rainfall Rescue: Record historic rainfall totals
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
Colorado Corridors Project: Identify wildlife to help build a wildlife corridor in Colorado
Fossil Atmospheres: Count cells in modern and fossilized leaves to track climate change through history
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 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.
Becoming Aware: A Multicultural Service Project
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? There are so many terms that we say or hear, and some are used interchangeably, it can be confusing - and that can make us confused! This service-learning project is a means to explain these terms, identify how they relate to us, and expand our knowledge and ability to communicate effectively in our communities. We will include your reflection piece in our multicultural awareness presentation available on the Center for Student Culture Diversity Inclusion department website.
We encourage students to apply their previous and current instructional knowledge in this area on 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 will be due by June 7th, 11:59 pm.
Please view the presentation below to engage in this project and access the necessary forms:
Date: Now until 06/01/2020
Due by: 06/07/2020 at 11:59 p.m .
Organizational Culture: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace
Project Date: Now through 06/01/2020
Place: Online access (visit link in the description)
As we enter into the workforce, we are prepared with our resumes, competent and confident, the sky is the limit! However, who is the sky for, and was it always that way? Have you noticed that some industries seem to have more of gender preference than others? Have you observed gender discrimination? Is bias recognizable or silent? Will this change, how do we change it, and what resources do we have?
This service-learning project is dedicated to exploring these answers with an opportunity to help create a positive, inclusive, and safe work environment for all individuals. This project and reflections will be used as a platform in future programs/events and service-learning opportunities. Please view the presentation below to engage in this project and access the necessary forms:
This will be a virtual service-learning project totaling up to 4 hours. Project submissions will be due by June 7, 11:59 p.m.
Virtual Service Opportunity: Campus Green Fund Student Committee Position
The Campus Green Fund is looking for two students who are interested about sustainability to serve on the Campus Green Fund committee.
Campus Green Fund Committee Purpose Statement
The Campus Green Fund Committee is responsible for awarding allocations of the fund through a grant awarding process. These allocations should further campus sustainability through investments based on the College’s mission and goals and will look at environmental impact, student leadership and involvement, education, outreach, and behavior change, feasibility, accountability, and sustainability,
Campus Green Fund Committee Review Process
The Campus Green Fund Committee will meet and review the projects based upon the overall program objectives and select awards accordingly.
Committee members are expected to read through all of the applications, score them, and make recommendations for awards. The Campus Green Fund Committee will meet virtually 3 times during spring quarter and it is important for committee members to attend all meetings.
This is a great opportunity to be a reader for a grant process and build skills. Students will also become more involved in choosing sustainability projects to be developed on campus. Committee members cannot apply to the grant.
It is the expectation that Edmonds College students will:
- Commit to attending all committee meetings
- Review all grant proposals and submit feedback to the committee per grant scoring rubrics and scoring guidelines
- Submit 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 our campus or campus community.
Interested students should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include in your email:
- Your full name, EdMail address and phone number;
- That you are a Edmonds College student who has a service requirement including your course’s full title, and information about what you will be learning;
- A statement about your motivation for signing up to serve on this committee;
- A statement that you will commit to all committee meetings. We will take your schedule into consideration.
- Any questions you have
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.
"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 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."
"Crisis Text Line is the free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis in the United States. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely—anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection works. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning."
"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."
Virtual Service Opportunity: Impact of social distancing on bird activity
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, communities across the Pacific Northwest are being urged to practice social distancing to slow the infection rate and protect those most at risk. This has resulted in a rapid shift in human behavior that could impact birds in urban and suburban neighborhoods. With fewer cars on the road and planes in the sky, we may observe a drop in anthropogenic noise and/or a decline in outdoor concentrations of air pollutants associated with emissions from motor vehicles. With park shelters, playgrounds, waterfronts, and sports courts closed, the number of people visiting local green spaces will decline; such places may become short-term refugia for birds, perhaps influencing where they forage or build nests this spring.
This is an unprecedented moment in human history. Our connection to and interaction with nature will inevitably change as our communities respond to COVID-19. With social distancing measures in place across the Pacific Northwest for weeks to months, we are presented with a unique opportunity to learn more about how human behavior directly and indirectly affects birds and identify actions we can take in the future to safeguard birds in urban and suburban settings. Learn more at ebird.org/pnw.