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4 Steps to Service Learning_2013/2014

This will walk you through the steps you need to follow in order to complete your service learning assignment at Howard Community College.
by Howard Duncan on 9 September 2013

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Transcript of 4 Steps to Service Learning_2013/2014

To get started, you will need to go to the HCC website and find all of the service learning materials you will need.
Here's the HCC homepage
Click on the
tab and then select Service Learning from the drop down menu.
This will bring up a list of every document
that you need.
click on
Student Resources.
Read through each section and make a special note of what you CAN and CANNOT do for service learning.
Please remember that the majority of your service time can
office work (filing, data entry, etc.)
fundraising (don't ask others for cash!)
anything related to religion

Complete a Service Learning Waiver
If you are under 18, you need a parent or guardian to sign it too.
Turn the waiver into your instructor or the
Center for Service Learning in MH 120.

Find a site
contact them
First, find the list of agencies that are approved for your course on pages 4-16.
Then, read through the page for each site that is approved for your course.
This is what an agency's page looks like.
Check out the "Quick Reference" area on the right.
Discover where the site is located, what their focus is and any special requirements they have.
Learn when they need volunteers.
Check out all of the sites approved for your course, and then pick your favorite to contact.
You MUST choose a site that is listed in the directory and approved for your class!
Check the course approval bar to make sure you can volunteer at the site for class credit.
A green arrow above your course number = approved!
A red cross = NOT APPROVED!
Check out what they might ask you to do by reading the "opportunities" section,
Use the contact information that is in the Agency Directory.
When you get in contact with the volunteer coordinator, talk to them about available service opportunities at their site to see if there is an opportunity that would work for you.
Make sure the assignment you agree to fits in your schedule and meets your course requirements.
If you leave a message,
days before you follow-up.

Some volunteer coordinators are volunteers themselves and may not be in the office every day.
Not sure what to say when you call or email?

Use the phone script from page 9 of the Student Handbook!
Once you come to a verbal agreement about a volunteer assignment, you are ready to move to the next step!

Complete a Placement Agreement
Your placement agreement is an informal contract between


and your
complete steps 1 - 3 in the beginning of the semester!
volunteer and log your service hours
Print out an Hours Log from the website.
It looks like this.
Fill out the top and take it with you each time you volunteer.
3/7 2pm planted trees 4pm 2

Mr. Duncan
It will take you to the Service Learning homepage.
sign here
print your name here
your name
fill in the
blanks here
& here
Make sure you get answers to these questions so that you have all the information you need to be ready on your first day.
If you leave a message or send an email and don't hear back from someone within 24 hours...
Then it is time for the fun stuff!
where you are volunteering
Mr. Duncan
Mr. Duncan
Billy was incredible!
Billy helped us achieve world peace.
After you read through the Handbook,
you are ready to start the

to Service Learning
Here we go!
Use the Service Learning Agency Directory to find a site.

You can find the directory on our website.

Reflection Assignments
Volunteer Opportunities
Course Content
is a "
-based, credit-bearing
educational experience
that allows students to (a) participate in an organized
that meets identified community needs and (b)
on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility" (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995, p. 112).

To complete a Service Learning assignment for your class at HCC, you will need to read through the
Service Learning Student Handbook
and then follow these 4 easy steps:
1. Complete a Service Learning Waiver
2. Find a site and contact them
3. Complete a Placement Agreement
4. Log Your Service Hours

You will come back to this list of resources many times!
Click on the link for the Student Handbook. You will need to read this before you begin.
The Handbook looks like this.
It is filled with helpful information!
Very important info on this page!
You will find the link to the waiver online.
your name again
& here
Click the link here.
Please Remember:

Service learning partners are under no obligation to accept you as a volunteer.
Make sure that you impress them with your kindness and professionalism so that they feel like they can't live without you as a volunteer!
Click the link on the Student Resources page to pull up a Placement Agreement.
Start by filling in the student sections of the form.
your name
CSL 101
your signature
Make an appointment to take this agreement to your service site and ask the volunteer coordinator to complete these three sections.
Bring this completed form to your instructor. They will review and approve your placement by signing here.
your name
CSL 101
Log an entry every time you volunteer.
When you complete your required hours of service,
ask your supervisor to fill out the assessment.
Your site supervisor can fill out your assessment on your Hours Log or online. It is up to them.
Once the form is complete, turn your Hours Log into your instructor.

Complete any related reflection assignments and then you are
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