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The Center for Service Learning gives HCC students the opportunity to respond to the critical needs within our community through volunteer service.  Find out how you can get involved below.

  • Academics
    Want to make a difference in the community and learn about your course at the same time?  Then take a course with a service learning component!

    Fall 2017 courses featuring a service learning component include:

    • ENGL 121, College Composition
      • Section 120, taught by Brooke Tyson (episodic service)
      • Section H171, taught by Rick Leith (Oral History Collection Project)
      • Section 137, taught by Rick Leith (Oral History Collection Project)
    • ENGL 207, Ethics in Literature
      • Section 103, taught by Rick Leith
    • ENGL 210, Intro to Fiction/Poetry/Drama
      • Section 101, taught by Brooke Tyson (episodic service)
    • ENST 105, Environmental Science
      • Section 502, taught by Will Gretes
      • Section 503, taught by Will Gretes
    • ENST 233, Environmental Health
      • Section 501, taught by Hannah Pie
    • HMDV 250, Rouse Scholars Seminar
      • Section H901, taught by Maura Dunnigan
    • HMDV 260, STEM Seminar III
      • Section H421, taught by Loretta Tokoly
      • Section H422, taught by Loretta Tokoly
    • MLTS 203, Clinical Hematology
      • Section 301, taught by Eve Brunson-Pitt
    • MLTS 204, Clinical Immunology
      • Section 301, taught by Eve Brunson-Pitt
    • NURS 235, Nursing and Care of Patients in Community and Mental Health Settings
      • Section 301, taught by Laurie Galen
      • Section 351, taught by Laurie Galen
      • Section 302, taught by Laurie Galen
      • Section 352, taught by Laurie Galen
    • PHIL 141, Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
      • Section 701, taught by Helen Heffer
    • PSYC 203, Abnormal Psychology
      • Section 901, taught by Peggy Armitage
      • Section N990, taught by Susan Keach-Sweeney
    • SPAN 201, Intermediate Spanish
      • Section 101, taught by Robin Bauer-Taylor
      • Section 102, taught by Claudia Dugan (Healthy Families Book Project)
  • Service Learning Fair
    SPRING 2018 - DATE TBD | 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
    Burrill Galleria

    (between the Clark Library and Science and Technology buildings)

    Each semester, the Center for Service Learning invites representatives from our partnering organizations to visit campus and talk with students about volunteer opportunities at the Service Learning Fair.

    Enrolled in a HCC course with a service learning component?  The Service Learning Fair is the optimal time and place to find your ideal service learning placement!

    Interested in volunteering in the community?  Attending the Service Learning Fair is a great way to meet local volunteer coordinators and learn how you can make a difference in the community!

  • Volunteer Opportunities
    How do you want to make a difference in the community?

    Operation: Community Outreach 2.0

    Volunteer with fellow students through regular service during the semester at the Community Action Council (CAC) of Howard County's Food Bank and start to understand the needs and gaps that exist around access to resources.  Meet on campus three times over the course of the semester, to reflect on the service experiences and better understand the issues connected to the organization.

    Individual Volunteer Opportunities

    Looking for your own personal way to make a difference in the community? Check out volunteer opportunity listings on the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County website for potential sites and individual opportunities.

  • Alternative Breaks
    Dedicate a week of your winter or spring break to helping others through volunteer service!

    Offered each January and March/April, Alternative Break trips give students the opportunity to travel to a new location with a group of fellow students and two staff/faculty advisors in order to explore critical social issues through meaningful service, education, and reflection.  Each trip features a different social issue area of focus, community partner, and domestic or international location. 

    On past trips, students have built houses with Habitat for Humanity, fed individuals experiencing hunger, brought joy to children living with potentially terminal illnesses, cared for rescued animals, and helped people recovering from substance abuse. 

    Interested in participating?

    Alternative Winter Break 2018 applications are NOW available!

    Applications for Alternative Winter Break trips are typically available in October and due at the end of the month.  Applications for Alternative Spring Break trips are typically available at the start of the spring semester and due at the end of February. 

    The Center for Service learning consistently receives between 30 to 60 applications for each break trip.  Each break trip has a limited number of spots for student participants.  Applications are reviewed by a committee and then a select group of applicants are invited to participate in a short, 15-minute interview with the committee.  The committee then selects eight to ten students to participate in the trip, as well as three students to place on a wait list in case a spot becomes available. 

    Please note: All trips are substance-free and cost a nominal fee.  Students must be enrolled in a class at HCC and be over 18 years of age by the time of travel in order to apply. 

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