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:

FALL 2017 Projects for Students’ Success

  • 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: Friday, Oct. 6 in room 4462, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    • 2nd Workshop: Thursday, Oct. 26 in MB Financial Business Suite, 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM
    • 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.
  • FOOD PANTRY Sponsored by Restoration Ministries
    253 E. 159th St., Harvey, IL. – food distribution Saturdays (weekly) | October 7, 14, 21, 28 | Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 noon
  • THORNTON TOWNSHIP FOOD CENTER   Sponsored by Thornton Township
    • 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.
    • Beaubien Woods (Dolton, I-94) | October 7 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Eggers Grove (Chicago, 112th St. at Avenue E) | October 14th | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH – Volunteers are welcome to lend at the musical and cultural celebration featuring Son Monarcas of Chicago in PAC. For more details, contact the SSC Office of Student Life and Leadership at extension 2499.
    Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Kindig Performing Arts Center
  • POSEN BEAUTIFICATION – SSC students are invited to help make a difference beautifying the Posen community outdoors. Lend a hand to the effort led by the Windy City Veterans. Contact Cindy at Posen Beautification (312) 301-2747.
    Saturday, Oct. 14th | 8:00 AM – 12:00 noon | 147th & Western Ave., Posen, IL
  • PREVENTION AND AWARENESS 101 – Students can earn Service Learning credit as volunteers for this event sponsored by the SSC Office of Student Life and Leadership at extension 2499.
    Thursday, October 18, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | MB Financial Suites (Formerly Heritage Room), ext. 2499
  • JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY – 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.
    • Friday, Oct. 20 (1 session is required) | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (Session #1) and 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (2nd Session is repeat of #1) (Choose one) | MB Financial Business Suite
    • These 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, Nov. 3 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Maya Angelou Elementary School (K-3rd), 15748 Page Avenue, Harvey, IL 60426.
  • RED RIBBON WEEK (October 23-31)
    • ALCOHOL AND DRUG AWARENESS: SSC Presidential Proclamation – Student volunteers are welcome to help with preparing the display for this event. Contact Office of Student Life and Leadership at ext. 2499 for details prior to the date of this event.
      Monday, October 23, 2017 | SSC Student Leadership Display Case (Outside Library)
    • ALLIANCE AGAINST INTOXICATED MOTORISTS (AAIM): Victim Impact Panel – Volunteers at this on-campus event are needed to help distribute materials to the audience and be involved in other set-up/ clean-up efforts, as needed. More information is available in the Office of /student Life and Leadership at ext. 2499.
      Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | 12:00 PM-2:00 PM | Kindig Performing Arts Center
    • RED RIBBON GIVE-AWAY-DAY: Student volunteers are needed to help handout the special gifts for RED RIBBON Week to SSC students, faculty and staff. Contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership at extension 2499 to sign up for one or both days of this project.
      Wednesday, October 25, 2017 and Thursday, October 26, 2017 | SSC Office of Student Life and Leadership
    • WEAR RED DAY: Volunteer help is needed to give out free gifts to students, faculty, and staff wearing red on this special day. Support this effort in promoting a drug-free campus. To sign and for more details, contact the Office of Student Life and Leadership, ext. 2499.
      Friday, October 27, 2017 | Office of Student Life and Leadership
  • SMARTPHONE & CELL PHONE COLLECTION – South Suburban Family Shelter is raising money to fund their fund the services they provide for families with children at risk as a result of domestic abuse and other severe hardships. Earn Service Learning (S-L) credit by donating your old Smartphone or cell phone. Earn more S-L credits collecting phones in the community. [S-L Forms A & B must accompany cell phones collected/donated in order to receive S-L credit.] Contact Service Learning, ext. 2664 for more details.
    SSC Collection site in SSC Room 3440 | Ongoing, 2017 Fall Semester
  • ILLINOIS HORSE RESCUE – Monthly community events this month need volunteers to assist visitors including families and youth groups. Dates will be announced soon.
  • BE THE MATCH – This tissue donor registry saves lives of patients diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or other diseases such as sickle cell anemia in the South Holland community. Individual volunteers are urgently needed to join the registry as a possible donor, especially for the case of an African American girl named LaNyah. Student groups can help by hosting a Marrow Donor Registry Drive at SSC this fall. Contact Sheena McNeal, (312) 720-4582 for details.
  • FALL 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.
  • 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.
  • VISUAL ARTS & PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM – 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 Streets, Harvey.
  • SSC SPECIAL EVENTS – Performances and other events in the PAC welcome student volunteers to assists guests as they arrive and find their seats. Details will be published, closer to the events.
  • 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.

Get involved in October 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 October 2017 Project List