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:

Service Learning Projects for Students’ Success

RIVER OAKS COMMUNITY EDUCATION (ROC ED) – River Oaks Community Education (ROC ED) provides youth enrichment programs and services for children in grades K thru 8 in our local community. They need SSC students as tutors and helpers with homework M-F, 3:30 – 6:00, with flexibility based on volunteer’s availability for 90 minutes or more. Contact Sonya Harrington at ROC ED, 312-719-0178 or SSC Service Learning at 708-596-2000 ext. 2664.


MATS FOR HOMELESS – Student volunteers are needed in the workshop to help make plastic yarn or “plarn” from recycled plastic bags. Also, volunteers are needed to crochet sleeping mats using plarn. Students can also earn Service Learning credits by collecting clean, dry plastic retail grocery bags in good condition which can be used to make plarn.

  • 1st Workshop: Thursday, January 31st, 12:00 noon – 2:15 PM. Location to be announced.
  • 2nd Workshop: Thursday, February 21st, 12:00 noon – 2:15 PM. Location to be announced.
  • 3rd Workshop: Thursday, March 21st, 12:00 noon – 2:15 PM. Location to be announced.
  • Plastic Bag Recycling Collection: Ongoing. Bags can be deposited in the recycling bin in the Green Hall or brought to room 3440 and completed Forms A and B.


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY – Junior Achievement (JA) offers students in all areas of course study 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.

The complete schedule for Junior Achievement events will be published and distributed early in the Spring 2019 term. For more information, contact Natasha Barnett – Senior Operations Manager, South Suburban Cook Area Junior Achievement of Chicago at 708-757-2852.


SSC SPRING TOILETRIES DRIVE – January 28 through February 28
Help for our neighbors who are homeless, victims of domestic abuse or other crises. Students can earn additional Service Learning credits by becoming a Collection Captain for a student group or class. They will be responsible for collecting donated items and completed S-L forms from students and depositing the items at designated collection sites on the OFC and Main campuses.

In addition to personal care products, other related useful clean new or gently used nonperishables, such as combs, hairbrushes small reusable bags, cosmetic / toiletry cases, etc. will be collected at SSC Main Campus:

  • Student Life and Leadership (2nd floor)
  • Business/ Engineering Office 3440 (3rd floor)
  • North Entrance by Police Office (1st floor)

The personal care toiletries collected will be distributed in the community through programs provided by Service Learning Community partners such as Thornton Township and Restoration Ministries, just to name a few.


SSC SPRING FOOD DRIVEMarch 19 through April 11 Help for our neighbors who are homeless, victims of domestic abuse or other crises. Needed! Canned foods, dry food mixes, and other nourishing non-perishable food items such as:

  • box of stuffing
  • canned corn
  • canned green beans
  • cornbread or biscuit mix
  • canned sweet potatoes
  • instant mashed potatoes
  • Canned or powdered milk
  • pudding / Jello cups
  • cake mix
  • Other nonperishables, including snack foods


  • Main Campus
  • Student Life and Leadership (2nd floor)
  • Business/ Engineering Office 3440 (3rd floor)
  • North Entrance by Police Office (1st floor)
  • Oak Forest Campus Front Desk

(To earn Service Learning credits, students are required to submit S-L Forms A & B to their instructors or to bring the forms with their donations to Student Life and Leadership desk on the 2nd floor, or to room 3440. Got questions? Call (708) 596-2000 ext.2664)


SATURDAY FOOD PANTRY Sponsored by Restoration Ministries
253 E. 159th St., Harvey, IL. – food distribution Saturdays (weekly) | January 19 & 26; February 2, 9, 16 & 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; April 6, 13, 20 &27, May 4 & 11 | Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 noon.
For more information, contact Janna at Restoration Ministries, (708) 333-3376 or SSC Service Learning (S-L) Coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext.2664.


THORNTON TOWNSHIP FOOD CENTER   Sponsored by Thornton Township For more information, contact SSC Service Learning (S-L) Coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext.2664.

  • Packing Food Boxes | Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (daily) | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Food Distribution at 15340 Page Avenue, Harvey | Wednesdays (weekly) | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


STEWARDSHIP DAYS – Woodlands cleanup and restoration in local forest areas on the first and second Saturdays each month. Volunteers should wear layered clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Snacks & water will be provided! If you need information on the day of, call or text Field Museum representative Rob Telfer at cell 708-334-8831.

  • 1st Saturdays (monthly) for woodlands cleanup and restoration at Beaubien Woods (Dolton, I-94) – February 2, March 2, April 6 and May 4 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 2nd Saturdays (monthly) at Eggers Grove, (Chicago, 112th St. at Avenue E) – February 9, March 9, April 13 and May 11; from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – After School Program (K-8th grade) at Restoration
Ministries located 253 159th St., Harvey needs tutors, assistants, mentors to start at 3 PM on weekdays. Flexibility based on volunteer’s availability.


SMARTPHONE & CELL PHONE COLLECTION – Save your old cell phones to donate to South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS). By partnering with Shelter Alliance (recycling refinery), SSFS earns funds for the families they serve. Individual students and student groups can earn Service Learning credits by starting a collection. For more information, contact Service Learning Coordinator at or ext. 2664.


VISUAL ARTS & PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM – Art classes for youth welcomes SSC
students interested in working with youth to develop their artistic skills. Weekdays, 4:30 PM at Restoration Ministries, 153rd & Broadway Sts., Harvey.


SSC SPECIAL EVENTS – Performances and other events in the PAC welcome student
volunteers to assists guests as they arrive and find their seats. Weekend shows are Saturdays January 12 and 19, showtimes are 11am & 2:00 pm. Help is needed with ushering (stand at the door, pass out programs, check tickets, stop food/drink from entering). Volunteers can also help to clean the seats and aisles by picking up large objects, water bottles, discarded programs, etc. between the shows.

  • Volunteers should show up at the box office table in the lobby a half hour
    before whichever show they choose to assist and speak to JoAnna Tassin who will be selling tickets.
  • Additional opportunity during the week for a couple people to help direct patrons to their seats. Weekday shows are Tuesday, January 15, Wed. Jan. 16, Thurs, Jan 17, and Friday, Jan 18. Volunteers should report to me at 9:00 am in the Lobby. Showtimes are 9:45am and 11:30am. There is very little time between shows typically with at least one school/day care waiting in the lobby for the early show to end so they can enter the theatre. Helpers should wear warm business casual clothes, we prop the outer doors open and the PAC gets quite cold. Contact Ms. JoAnna Tassin, (708) 596-2000 ext. 2316.


SOUTH HOLLAND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (SHBA) SPECIAL EVENTS – The local business community organization is seeking SSC students to help prepare and deliver special events in the community during the fall semester. More information will be provided as event details become available.


SPRING INTERNSHIPS – The children and family organization, Fathers and Blessings, needs marketing and graphic design interns to assist with their upcoming events and their Youth Empowerment Synergy Program. They need students who are majoring in Graphic design, Marketing, Communications, Creative Arts, Culinary Arts, and Education. Great opportunity for some real experience in event planning and to be on the ground floor of putting together youth programming. For more information, contact Juliah Marley at Fathers and Blessings, (708) 933- 7357.



Get involved in Spring and give back to your community. Earn Service Learning credits preparing for a successful future. It is easy to get started. Here’s how …

  • Choose the project(s) that interest you or your student(s).
  • To sign up, fill out the Service Learning Form A and Form B.
  • Submit the completed forms in Room 3440.
  • Record volunteer hours on Student Volunteer Hour Report and complete the project Evaluation Survey with required signature. Submit all forms in room 3440.

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.

Download the Complete SPRING 2019 Project List