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What is the difference between “service learning” and “community service”?

Service learning is a strategy for integrating community service/internships with academic instruction while community service is a volunteer experience, where students connect with the local community, satisfying a need in various, usually non-profit, agencies. It may or may not be directly related to course content.

How can I find a community service placement?

Several pre-approved community service placements are available on the website. Various agencies have provided the necessary information for students to make an informed decision about where they would like to volunteer and what they would prefer to do.

How much time do I have to commit in order to participate in community service?

Agencies establish their own guidelines regarding what amount of time is required to maximize the value of the volunteer experience for both the student and their service population. This information is available on the website for the pre-approved sites. In addition, some faculty may require a set number of service hours to fulfill a course requirement.

Do the agencies usually require a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check?

While many agencies require that students volunteering and working with their particular population complete a CORI background check, some do not. Again, this information is available for the pre-approved sites.

Does the college provide special transportation for students wishing to do volunteer work?

At this time, students must find their own transportation to placement sites.