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. Be sure to sign-up for these events! Many have number limitations. All sign-ups must be received at least two days before the event. Thank you!
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.
Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School
For those of you interested in an extensive service-learning experience, the LEAF School may be for you. The Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) School is a year-round program offered in partnership through Edmonds and Everett community colleges. The human ecology courses, ANTH 201-203, meet 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays each quarter of the year.
Students from other campuses are welcome to enroll in LEAF School courses. Most of our activities occur off campus and we take vans together from campus to field sites. To join, visit www.edcc.edu/enroll to sign up.
Washington Service Corps
Funded by the Washington State Employment Security Department, our Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps member, is focusing on increasing service-learning into STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines in partnership with RISE and MESA programs on campus. Our volunteer also supports our Green Team Student Sustainability Advocates, who are dedicated to providing education to the campus about sustainable practices.