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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!

    Spring 2021 courses featuring a service learning component include:


    • BMGT 100, Intro to Business Management
    • Section H070/H071, taught by Kathy Norton (Virtual Global Giving Market)
    • DHYG 207, Dental Public Health
    • Section 301, taught by Laura Smith
    • Dragon Leadership Program
    • Co-curricular in partnership with Student Life, taught by Clint Neill
    • ENGL 121, College Composition
    • Section N108, taught by Rick Leith (Green Communities Project)
    • ENGL 210, Intro to Poetry & Fiction
    • Section N190, taught by Rick Leith (Special Project)
    • Section 170, taught by Ryna May (Free Minds Special Project)
    • HMDV 106, Silas Craft Collegians Seminar
    • Section A901, taught by Candace dePass (Free Minds Special Project)
    • HMDV 151, Rouse Scholars Seminar
    • Section H901, taught by Frances Turner & Kofi Adisa (Free Minds Special Project)
    • HMDV 271, Rouse CES Seminar
    • Section H901, taught by Rick Leith (Virtual Direct Service)
    • HUMN 100, Creative Writing
    • Section H701, taught by Ryna May (Free Minds Poetry Project) 
    • HUMS 110, Intro to Human Services
    • Section N301, taught by Carla Lawson
    • HUMS 250, Community Resources and Partners
    • Section 301, taught by Carla Lawson
    • NURS 142, Fundamental Nursing Concepts
    • Section 301, taught by Ellen Nichols 
  • Service Learning Fair
    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!

    Spring 2021 Service Learning Fair - cancelled for the spring semester

    Our office will not be hosting a Service Learning Fair for the spring 2021 semester. Our office is following HCC's recovery and reopening plan, with many learning experiences online.  Please check back for more information regarding future Service Learning Fairs.

    Thank you!

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

    Please visit our Community Support page for individual volunteer opportunities.

  • Alternative Breaks

    HCC has decided to cancel its 2020 alternative break program.  More information.

    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. 

    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 in late January and due mid-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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