The Office of Civic Engagement defines "service" as a non-paid activity with a community/campus partner that challenges students to meet community and campus needs, teaches responsible citizenship, demonstrates community leadership, bridges knowledge and action, and offers a reflection opportunity. The benefits of Community Service may be tangible or intangible, immediate or long-term.
Guidelines for what is considered service hours include:
Remember, service should be rewarding. There are a whole host of ways to get involved in the larger community and the campus. Look for opportunities that allow you to develop your leadership skills, practice the knowledge you are acquiring in your major, or something that allows you to share a hobby or activity that you are passionate about with others.
If you are looking for community service opportunities, visit Marietta College’s Volunteer Service Program website at http://www.marietta.edu/volunteer for a listing of community requests. You may also check with the Director of Civic Engagement (376-4490 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Opportunities for Service
The habits of an engaged leader are best developed in college through involvement in the community. Students and faculty become involved through service coordinated by the Center's Office of Civic Engagement. Service enhances the overall leadership experience by providing experiential learning for the students - a bridge between academic learning and the real world. Through a service experience, students and faculty not only witness civic responsibility and leadership in practice, but they also contribute his or her own unique qualities to enriching the community.
Here are some of the main opportunities that students and faculty have for service in the community:
City Hall: Through our contacts with Marietta's City Council and the Mayor's Office, Marietta College students have a variety of opportunities to be directly involved in city projects. For instance, students recently have been involved in the mayor's downtown revitalization project - Renaissance Marietta.
Marietta Chamber of Commerce: Students interested in business and economic development will find this site particularly rewarding. Our students recently were involved in a survey of local businesses and the development of an inventory of business needs in the area.
Ely Chapman Education Foundation: This non-profit organization provides a variety of educational opportunities in the community, including mentoring, tutoring, and enhancing the computer skills of elementary school children. Following the tutoring session, there are activities such as athletics and arts and crafts available for children.
EVE: Volunteers work in a battered women's shelter. Leadership students baby-sit children while mothers are in counseling on Monday-Thursday evenings (times to be arranged). They also help in the office if needed. Mandatory training is provided.
"Incredible Community Playground" Maintenance: Workers help with the upkeep of the Incredible Community Playground. This maintenance includes painting, tree planting, and some equipment operation. Service is usually performed on Saturday or Sunday one weekend a month.
Marietta YMCA: Student leaders work with the Youth Sports Program at the YMCA, serving as volunteer coaches, referees, and assistants to the Program Director. Students also help with Parents' Night Out (once a month), special trips and events.
Habitat for Humanity: This site gives students the opportunity to help build and repair homes in the Marietta area and help with their Oktoberfest booth in Lowell, Ohio, in September. Building times include weekends and school vacations.
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