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COVID-19 Update: EFSC's Fall Commencement will be virtual, celebrated Dec. 17 online and with drive-through celebrations on each Campus. Spring Term 2021 Classes are open for registration, with plans to increase on-campus courses through expanded Hybrid offerings, with class size limits and safety measures remaining in place to protect against COVID-19. View more details & FAQ. To support Fall Term courses and Spring Term planning, select services are available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and facial coverings and social distancing requirements in place. See the Student Services Guide.

 
 
 
 

COVID-19 Update: Service-Learning

 
 
 
 

Remote assistance with service-learning questions and documentation is available via Microsoft Teams. Click for access information. In-person services are also available on campus, with appointments required.

Get Started with Service-Learning

Students benefit from Service-Learning in a variety of ways. In addition to giving back to their communities, students can develop skills they learned in the classroom, make professional contacts, improve self esteem and increase their civic knowledge. Students who have documented a minimum of 75 hours of service and have at least a 2.5 GPA are also eligible to apply for Service-Learning scholarships.

It may be possible to earn course credit through your Service-Learning experience. To get started, explore the available course options, then follow the steps below.

Step 1:  Complete a Student Application

You must fill out an application, even if you are participating in Service-Learning as part of a course. Use our convenient online Service-Learning application or complete a PDF application and deliver/email it to the CSLCE office on your campus. You will also be asked to fill out a Release from Liability form. A Participation Agreement form is required if you choose an on-site service opportunity.

Step 2:  Find Placement Sites & Volunteer Opportunities

No matter what your area of academic or personal interest, the CSLCE can help find a volunteer placement site that is right for you. Visit our Community Partner Directory, which lists more than 350 volunteer placement sites throughout Brevard County. We have contacts in a wide variety of organizations and career fields. You can hear from some of them directly via the Virtual Care Fair page, and our Community Calendar is also a good resource for staying on top of special events and volunteer opportunities.

Please note that although faculty and CSLCE staff set minimum service hour requirements, community partners may have their own requirements so check with CSLCE staff or the community partner contact to verify the hours.

Step 3:  Submit the Required Paperwork

Service-Learning paperwork is available in each CSLCE office, as well as on the forms page. Completed paperwork must be dropped off in person at your campus' CSLCE office. 

View the Service-Learning calendar for deadlines and more. If you are volunteering for course credit, check with your instructor about additional assignments and due dates. Dates specified by instructors take precedence over dates set by the CSLCE.

Step 4:  Volunteer & Reflect on your Experience

We recommend that you take time to record and reflect on your Service-Learning experience while you volunteer.

Most Service-Learning courses and extra credit options require a reflection assignment (journal, essay, class presentation, etc.), and keeping track of your thoughts throughout the experience may help. The CSLCE has resources and sample journal excerpts to help you get started. Check with your instructor for details and required assignments.

Students must complete the required number of service hours for each Service-Learning option or course if involved in more than one; hours completed for one class cannot be used for another class. Orientation, training hours and club meetings are not counted for service hour requirements.

Students who have documented a minimum of 75 hours of service and have at least a 2.5 GPA are also eligible to apply for Service-Learning scholarships.

Please take a moment to tell us how your experience with Service-Learning has been so far.

Step 5:  Return Post-Volunteer Required Paperwork

Return completed paperwork to the CSLCE and your instructor. Visit the forms page for more information. Always remember to check with the CSLCE and your instructor about requirements and due dates.

Step 6:  Complete a Service-Learning Questionnaire

Fill out the online Service-Learning Questionnaire. Be sure to tell us about your experience at the volunteer site; your feedback helps us to improve. The online survey format only takes a few minutes to complete.

Service-Learning Resources

Testimonial: Making a Difference

 
Carina Rodriguez EFSC student

Carina Rodriguez

"Growing up, I have always had a passion for volunteering, and EFSC's Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement has allowed me to grow that passion and increase my intrinsic motivation to help others. I genuinely believe you get what you give, and I know each time I give back to the community, I gain something much more valuable in return."