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.

Important Service Learning Forms:

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.

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.