Learn. Serve. Engage.
Please note: Until further notice, student service learners are not to have direct, in-person, contact with service organizations, organization leaders or clients. Contact us for remote, online options for Service Learning.
The Elmhurst College Service Learning program provides opportunities for students and faculty to connect on-campus learning with service to the local, national or global community.
Service learning furthers the College mission of preparing students “for meaningful and ethical contributions to a diverse, global society” by bridging the gap between theory and practice, the individual and the community.
A survey conducted by the Service Learning program in the fall of 2018 indicated that 83% of Elmhurst College undergraduate students feel “a responsibility to serve the community.” This program provides possibilities for bringing these feelings of responsibility to life.
Benefits of Service Learning
Participating in service learning completes the circle between giving and receiving. Students who participate:
- Consider their relationship to the communities in which they engage
- Explore their personal capacity and desire to serve others
- Practice creative decision-making and leadership skills
- Advance behaviors necessary for responsible citizenship
- Grow in their awareness of cultural differences
- Develop their interpersonal, practical and professional skills
There is so much we can learn from others if we open our eyes and our hearts.—Grace M.
Community partners welcoming Elmhurst College service learners include organizations which prompt reflection in a variety of areas including:
- Animal Care
- Arts and Culture
- Civic Engagement
- Domestic Violence
- Education and Literacy
- Environmental Preservation
- Global Challenges
- Health and Well-being
- Older Adults
- People with Disabilities
- Social and Economic Inequalities