Service Learning for Students

Service Learning


Would you like to get involved in the community? The Center for Service Learning can help you find a place to volunteer or do a course-based service learning project.

We maintain a list of upcoming service projects, as well as a list of community agencies that you can work with. We also organize special events like Days of Service and Alternative Break trips, coordinate the Lily Community Engagement Award, and offer service-based scholarships and employment opportunities. Please review the links to the left, and feel free to call, email, or come by our office if you have any questions.

Forms for students, Clubs and Organizations



Alternative Break Program

An Alternative Break trip gives you the chance to visit a new city or country while making an impact in a community. From Nashville to New York City, each week-long trip is service oriented so students volunteer their time with a wide variety of organizations, like Habitat for Humanity or the Ronald McDonald House.

Find your Trip

Tuck Clean Up


Days of Service

Join the Center for Service Learning for one of our Days of Service. These are great ways to jump-start your service learning experience, all you have to do is pick a day, a service opportunity and show up. Everything is taken care of for you. Explore our Days of Service and find an opportunity that calls to you.

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Lily Community Engagement Award 

Giving back to our community is a rewarding experience and we want to recognize you for all your hard work and dedication. Discover the guidelines for Independent Volunteer Projects or select one of our Pre-Approved projects to earn points towards the award. Learn more about how to have your efforts formally recognized.

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Student Corps


Student Service Corps

Become a leader in service learning. Apply to join the Catamount Student Service Crops where you'll expand your impact in our community and grow your leadership skills by helping plan, organize and lead service learning projects. Students who are eligible for Federal Work-Study can apply for the program.

How To Join


Food and Farm to School


Local Food & Farm to School Education Project

Are you a School of Teaching and Learning or Nutrition / Dietetics Student? Through the Growing Minds @ WCU project, you can learn how to teach children about local food and farms as well as how to grow and cook their own food. See how this service learning project is changing the way children in western North Carolina interact with farms, food, and nutrition.

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The Ripple Effect


The Ripple Effect

An experiential learning community, The Ripple Effect challenges students to find what they really love in the world and how they can make a lasting impact. Curricular Components will include two courses during the fall semester with a Community Engagement Project that will allow you and your classmates address a relevant issue by working together.

Make Your impact

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