This website provides volunteer opportunities that are..
- community based
- beneficial to all parties
- resume strengthening
- directly related to YOUR interests
Students who participate in service-learning directly contribute their time, effort, passion, and skills to local schools, non-profits, health care facilities, government agencies, conservation organizations, and advocacy groups. This service may be coordinated through an ISU course, department, greek organization, club, or may simply be related to your personal passion.
Service-learning contributes to local, national, AND international groups through academic appointments that can be directly related to your field of study. Through these contributions you can enhance your academic knowledge with real world applications of what you are learning in the class room. These contributions will be carefully documented to improve your personal and professional skills that can stregthen your resume for future opportunities.
In the past our affiliates have worked with Healthy Story County, United Way of Story County, Boone County Conservation, Ames Main Street Farmer's Market, Ames Community Preschool Center, Nevada and Ames Summer Enrichment Programs, Green Hills Retirement Home, Ames Parks and Recreation, and many more!
There is literally something for everyone and remember, signing up does not commit you to any specific event. It only means that you will receive emails about potential volunteer opportunites and from there you will have to indicate if you are available to help during that time. Usually the notification will come out 2-3 weeks prior to the event and some are recurring so you should have plenty of time to plan your schedules.
Service learning is an innovative pedagogy that provides opportunities for experiential learning. As defined by the national CCPH group, "service learning is a structured learning experience that combines community service with preparation and reflection. Students engaged in service-learning provide community service in response to community-identified concerns and learn about the context in which service is provided, the connection between their service and their academic coursework, and their roles as citizens". (click here for more information on service learning)