Center for Service-Learning is the place to learn about volunteering in the community
Volunteering in Bellingham is a great way for students to gain life experience, meet new friends, network with potential employers and build their resume while connecting with the local community.
Through hundreds of nonprofit organizations in Whatcom County students can get involved in the issues important to them, whether the environment, youth mentorship, human rights, or others.
Visiting the Center for Service-Learning (CSL) in Wilson Library 481 is the best way for students to learn more about volunteer opportunities and upcoming service projects. The CSL offers a variety of resources for students:
- Volunteer Advising: Staff members can help students find the right volunteer position to fit their interests and skills.
- Whatcom Volunteer Center (WVC) office hours: The WVC maintains a database of current volunteer opportunities and sponsors annual community service events. Students can meet a WVC staff member on campus in Wilson Library 481 every Thursday from noon to 4:00pm.
- AmeriCorps Students in Service Program: Students who volunteer regularly can receive an education award of up to $2,775 for 300, 400, or 900 hours of service over the course of a year. For more information visit studentsinservice.org.
- Academic Service-Learning: Many WWU courses incorporate service projects as a part of the curriculum, allowing students to immediately apply what they're learning in a real life situation that benefits the community.
- Service Projects and Events: Students can participate in National Day of Service events and service projects throughout the year.
- Service Notes Newsletter: To learn about upcoming opportunities, students can sign up for the CSL newsletter.