Hints for Service Learning

Hints for Service Learning
  • Do be flexible. It is rare to find the “perfect” fit right away. Keep an open mind—you might discover something new that interests you.


  • Do be persistent. Volunteer coordinators are often busy, so don’t assume they’re not interested in you if they don’t call you right away.


  • Do attend orientation meetings. Keep in mind that informed volunteers are the best volunteers. These meetings will help you do the best job possible.


  • Do take necessary training classes. Ask about them before you decide to get involved and be prepared to learn what will be  needed.


  • Do be responsible. Show up on time and follow through with your commitments. People will be depending on you.


  • Don’t expect to start at the top. You have to work hard and prove your worth before you are given more responsibility.


  • Do expect to get plenty of personal enjoyment and satisfaction from your service learning experiences.


Examples of Local Resources for Service Learning Ideas

(Must be Non-Profit Organizations)

  • Churches and synagogues
  • Organizations such as the United Way—and their many affiliates     
  • Mayor’s office
  • Civic service groups, such as the Elks, Rotary,      Kiwanis, Lions clubs, Moose, Shriners
  • Food pantries, shelters for battered women and the homeless
  • Zoos, animal shelters, conservation groups
  • Hospitals, hospices
  • Residential facilities for disabled persons or abused children
  • Schools and libraries
  • Local community and volunteer centers
  • American Cancer Society
  • March of Dimes


These are suggestions only. Edgewood does not endorse any of the above organizations.