Service Learning

The Service Learning Program is an instructional method that combines service in the community with academic learning in the classroom wherein the objectives of the course are linked to service-learning. Students learn and develop through active participation in an organized service activity. By reflecting on their service activity, students increase their understanding of course content, appreciate the relevance of the course to everyday life, foster a sense of social and civic responsibility and increase self-worth through meaningful contribution to the community. This is an exciting new way to learn and apply textbook learning to real-world issues.

Students making mats for the homeless.

Students putting wreaths on graves.

Important Service Learning Forms:

Spring 2017 Projects for Students’ Success

  • Saturday Food PantrySponsored by Restoration Ministries: Food distribution
    January 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00. at 253 E. 159th St., Harvey, IL
  • Stewardship DaysSponsored by Habitat: Woodlands cleanup and restoration.
    1st Saturdays (monthly): February 4; March 4; April 1; May 6. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Beaubien Woods, (Dolton, I-94)
    2nd Saturdays (monthly): January 14,
    February 11; March 11; April 8; May 6. Woodlands cleanup and restoration from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Eggers Grove, (Chicago, IL, 112th St. at Avenue E)
  • Thornton Community Food PantrySponsored by Thornton Township: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (daily) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. packing food boxes.
    Wednesdays (weekly) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. food distribution
    15340 Paige Avenue, Harvey, IL
  • Help Make a Calumet National Heritage Area
    January 17-30 – We are very excited that the first draft of the Calumet Heritage Area Feasibility Study is up for public comment for the next month. Students and faculty are needed to a) read it over as you will learn a lot about this wonderful region; and b) give your feedback so it can be incorporated it into the study that will be submitted to the US government to try and make the Calumet a National Heritage Area.
    Contact rtelfer@fieldmuseum.org or MCollier@ssc.edu to access the draft of the study.
  • Help Scientists Help Monarchs (Sponsored by the Field Museum)
    January 17 – May 12 (ongoing) – You can help scientists worldwide access the Field Museum’s monarch data – from the comfort of your home! These data will unlock a better understanding of how to conserve monarchs in Chicago and beyond. Volunteers can set their own schedule to participate in the research.  (Online) https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/kellerscienceactioncenter/help-monarch-butterfly-research. Contact Service Learning Coordinator to receive Service Learning credits.
  • Mats for Homeless: Recycling Bags and Workshops
    Date/ Time: (Ongoing)
    Recycling: Students volunteer to collect clean dry plastic shopping bags in good condition; submit to Service Learning Coordinator in room 3440 or deposit in recycling bin located near campus bookstore.
    Workshop: Students convert plastic shopping bags in to materials used to make sleeping mats crocheted for homeless in the community. No experience required. Beginner-level crochet crafters are also needed. Students can volunteer for one or more workshops. February 9, March 2, April 6, May 4
    Time: 2 – 4 PM. Place to be announced.Thursday, February 16th – Two workshops: 8:30 am. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. Place to be announced.
    Wednesday, March 22nd – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Place to be announced.
    Tuesday, April 25th – Two workshops: 8:30 am. to 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 pm. to 4:00 p.m. Place to be announced.
  • Junior Achievement Volunteer Days
    Training Date: Friday, February 3 (required) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the MB Financial Business Suite
    Junior Achievement (JA) offers students in all disciplines the experience of teaching grade school children in local schools. Volunteers are required to complete a one-hour orientation and training session in order to participate in the JA Day projects. Training dates will be close to the date of the JA project.These K-3rd grade classes are interested in a JA for a Day program that consists of a 1 day impact at the school. This opportunity is a 1 day (3 ½ hour) commitment. Friday, February 10 at 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Zenon J. Sykuta Elementary School (K-3rd), 4301 W 180th Street Country Club Hills, IL .These 2nd grade classes are interested in a JA for a Day program that consists of a 1 day impact at the school. This opportunity is a 1 day (4 ½ hour) commitment. Thursday, April 20 at 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Eisenhower Elementary School, 16001 South Minerva South Holland, IL
    On the next day at the same school, these 3rd grade classes are interested in a JA for a Day program that consists of a 1 day impact at the school. This opportunity is a 1 day (4 ½ hour) commitment. Friday, April 21 at 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Eisenhower Elementary School, 16001 South Minerva South Holland, IL
    Contact Natasha Barnett for more details about JA Day and Millicent Collier, Service Learning Coordinator, SSC ext. 2664, with questions related to students receiving Service Learning credits.
  • African American History Month Contest Title: “African American Firsts” – Sponsored By the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    February 1-20, 2017 in Office of Student Life and Leadership (Rm 2329)
    Students can stop by the Office of Student Life and Leadership beginning Wednesday, February 1 to pick up the contest form, “African American Firsts.” Students who can answer questions with 95% accuracy will be entered into a drawing to win a $30.00 bookstore voucher. Drawing will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. (3 winners will be announced.)
  • Poetry Slam and Open Mike w/ Jus Words – Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SSC Cafeteria.
    SSC welcomes Chicago Author, Songwriter, Street Poet and Spoken Word Artist Bwana “Jus Words” Phillips. Transitioning from being a member of the “Four Corner Hustler” organization to a unique writer, Jus Words took his interest of the gangs and streets and combined his writing skills to create lyrical storylines.
  • Black History 101 for Everyone – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Wednesday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the SSC Main Campus.
    This is one presentation you will not want to miss! Retired SSC History Professor Art Burton will share with you some unknown facts about African American History that you should know but probably never heard of. You will be entertained, educated, and fascinated as he gives you exciting true facts about the African American experience beginning with Mother Africa (the cradle of civilization) to our present.
  • How to Feel Good About Yourself – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center of SSC’s Main Campus.
    If you like feeling good (and who doesn’t) then this event is for you. Poetry is Yusuf’s first love, but “How to Feel Good About Yourself,” a self-empowerment manual, is his current pride and joy. Please join us for this exciting presentation.
  • Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Tuesday, February 28th from 7:00 p.m. to  9:00 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.
    Students, Faculty, and Staff are invited to a musical concert and cultural immersion featuring the Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Immediately following the performance, participants will be given tickets to join us for a “Taste of Soul” in the Kindig Performing Arts Center Lobby. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2499.
  • Women’s History Month Contest Title: “Name These Famous Women”– Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    March 1-24 at the Office of Student Life and Leadership (Rm 2329).
    Students can stop by the Office of Student Life and Leadership beginning Wednesday, March 1 to pick up the contest form, “Name These Famous Women.” Students who can identify 30 or more of the women correctly will be entered into a drawing to win a $30.00 bookstore voucher. Drawing will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (3 winners will be announced)
  • Women’s History Month Title: Gigi Coleman, One Woman Show (Bessie Coleman) – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Wednesday, March 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.
    Gigi Coleman is the great niece of Bessie Coleman. Gigi Coleman’s mother, the late Marion Coleman, petitioned a postal stamp in her aunt’s honor. Ms. Coleman wants to inspire all to be interested in STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  • “The Non-Traditional Workforce for Men & Women” – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Thursday, March 30th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.
    Leadership Students, faculty and staff are invited to listen to and engage in meaningful dialogue with a panel filled with our own faculty and staff. They will discuss the importance of non-traditional job roles, how they have changed throughout the years, and how South Suburban College can help you get a head start, a certificate, or degree towards these professions.
  • Earth Day Celebration Title: “Black Fish” – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Wednesday, April 19th at 9:00 AM AND 11:00 AM (2 showings) in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.
    “Blackfish” is a “must see” 2013 American documentary film directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The documentary concerns the captivity of Tilikum, an orca involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity. The coverage of Tilikum includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, and purported harassment by fellow captive orcas at Sealand of the Pacific
  • April is Financial Literacy Month Financial $marts for $tudents: Peer 2 Peer Financial Literacy – Presented by Peer Educators Ronnell Tatum and Clifton Johnson Synopsis. – Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, in conjunction with Illinois JumpStart.
    Wednesday, April 20th from 12:15p.m. to  1:15 p.m. in the MB Financial Suite on SSC’s Main Campus.
    Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership Presented by : Student Leadership, presents “Financial Smarts for Students,” a peer financial literacy workshop.
  • SSC Performing Arts Center
    Contact PAC for upcoming events.
    The South Suburban College needs student volunteers to assist guests who attend events held in the PAC. Duties will vary depending on the event, but typically include collecting tickets, greeting and directing guests to their seats and the restrooms. Contact the PAC at (708)210-5741 or email EShunko@ssc.edu to volunteer at upcoming events.
  • Restoration Ministries Thrift Stores
    Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to  5:00 p.m. at 351 W. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL.
    Sort donations, organize items
  • After-School Program – Sponsored by Restoration Ministries
    Mondays through Fridays (school days) from 3:00p.m. to  5:00 p.m. at 253 E. 159th Street, Harvey
  • Annual Women’s Conference
    March 17th from 8:00 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. at SSC’s Main Campus
    Many student volunteers are needed to help prepare materials, set up and assist attendees at this yearly event. The conference is a major event for the business community in the Chicago South Suburban areas. Contact Alexandra Glumac to volunteer for this event, and Service Learning Coordinator to receive Service Learning credits.
  • Earth Month
    Vendor Day Expo
    Wednesday, April 19th (All day) in the Atrium on the 1st Floor of SSC Main Campus.
    Students are encouraged to get involved in sustainability events on campus and in the community during the month of April. Student helpers and participants are needed. Sign up is starting, now. More Earth Month events and projects will be added.Campus Cleanup
    Week of April 24. Times to be announced. On the SSC Main Campus.
  • Financial $marts for $tudents: Peer 2 Peer Financial Literacy – Presented by Peer Educators Ronnell Tatum and Clifton Johnson. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership in conjunction with Illinois JumpStart.
    Workshop Date is Wednesday, April 20th from 12:15 p.m. to  1:15 p.m. in the MB Financial Suite on SSC’s Main Campus.
    April is Financial Literacy Month.
  • Bulldog Bash – Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    Thursday, May 4th from 12:00 p.m. to  2:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of SSC’s Main Campus.
    Students, Faculty and Staff are invited to our annual Bulldog Bash, celebrating another terrific semester and year at South Suburban College. We want to thank our students for choosing SSC and wish them well for upcoming semesters. There will be music, food, and giveaways. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (708) 596-9800 ext. 2499.
  • Fuel 4 Finals – Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership
    May 16th, 17th, 18th from 9:00 a.m. to  11:00 a.m. in the Cafeteria and from 5:00p.m. to  7:00 p.m. in the Office of Student Life and Leadership.
    Students can stop by and receive healthy drinks, nutritious snacks, and testing tips to help with taking final exams. Volunteers are needed to help hand out free snacks to students. Snacks will be limited and available on a first come first served basis.For more information, please contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at (708) 596-9800 ext. 2499.

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Summer 2016 Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Weekly Service Learning Community Garden Crew at SSC main campus. Contact Prof. Raices (ERaices@ssc.edu) or Prof. Ziarko (KZiarko@ssc.edu) to arrange convenient times.
  • Weekly Food Pantry at Restoration Ministries, Saturdays 9 AM-12noon
  • Monthly Stewardship Days by Field Museum at Beaubien Woods (Dolton, I-94) 10 AM-1 PM on Sat., June 4 and at Eggers Grove (Chicago, 112th St at Avenue E) 10 AM – 1 PM on Sat., June 11.

Fall 2016 Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Saturday Food Pantry Sponsored by Restoration Ministries: Food distribution
    Saturdays (weekly): September 17, 24;
    October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    November 5, 12, 19, 26
    December 3, 10, 17
    10:00 a.m.- 12:00. at 253 E. 159th St., Harvey, IL
  • Stewardship Days (Sponsored by Habitat): Woodlands cleanup and restoration.
    1st Saturdays (monthly): October 1, November 5, December 3. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Beaubien Woods, (Dolton, I-94)
    2nd Saturdays (monthly): September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10. Woodlands cleanup and restoration from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Eggers Grove, (Chicago, IL, 112th St. at Avenue E)
  • Thornton Community Food Pantry (Sponsored by Thornton Township): Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (daily) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Packing food boxes.
    Wednesdays (weekly) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Food distribution
    15340 Paige Avenue, Harvey, IL
  • Friends of the Forest Preserve: Add new plants to the migratory bird stop.
    Saturday, September 17, 2016. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Kickapoo Woods, 14498 S. Halsted Ave. Riverdale, IL 60827
  • Restoration Ministries Thrift Stores Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sort donations, organize items at 351 W. 162nd Street, South Holland, IL
  • Welcome Back Celebration (Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership): Lend a hand behind the scenes.
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. SSC Courtyard, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • After-School Program (Sponsored by Restoration Ministries):
    Mondays through Fridays (school days) from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at 253 E. 159th Street, Harvey, IL
  • Illinois Secretary of State Services on Campus:
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. MB Financial Suite (Formerly the Heritage Room), 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn: The museum has many areas that welcome students across disciplines. Specific projects are assigned when student arrives.
    Ongoing. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., depending on student’s availability. Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn, IL.
  • “Mats for Homeless”: A workshop to learn and help recycle plastic bags in to sleeping mats for homeless individuals in our community.
    Friday, October 7, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MB Financial Business Suite at South Suburban College , 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Event* – Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership):
    Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. in Kindig Performing Arts Center, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • Prevention and Awareness 101:
    Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. MB Financial Suites (Formerly Heritage Room) at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • Junior Achievement – Teacher for a Day (Sponsored by Junior Achievement): A 1-hour orientation is required.
    Friday, October 21, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. MB Financial Business Suite at South Suburban College , 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
    Nov. 4, 2016, at Maya Angelou Elementary School, 15748 Page Avenue, Harvey, IL
  • RED RIBBON WEEK (Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership)
    • SSC Presidential Red Ribbon Week/Alcohol and Drug Awareness Proclamation:
      Monday, October 24, 2016 SSC Student Leadership Display Case (Outside Library) at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
    • Red Ribbon Give-A-Way-Day (Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership):
      Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in the SSC Office of Student Life and Leadership at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
    • Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) Victim Impact Panel: (Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership):
      Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
    • Red Ribbon Give-A-Way-Day (Presented by the Office of Student Life and Leadership):
      Thursday, October 27, 2016, in the SSC Office of Student Life and Leadership at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
    • Wear Red Day Friday, October 28, 2016
  • Veterans Appreciation Day (Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership):
    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Kindig Performing Arts Center at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • Annual Day of Sharing and Caring:
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the PAC Lobby at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • World AIDS Day* – Chicago House (Testing) (Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership and Chicago House):
    Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the SGA Office next to the Cafeteria at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.
  • “Let’s Talk about PrEP” Presentation” (Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership and Chicago House):
    Thursday, December 1, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the MB Financial Suite at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, IL.

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Weekly opportunities are offered by SSC Community Partners such as Junior Achievement and Restoration Ministries. For more details, contact Service Learning Coordinator Millicent Collier, ext. 2664.