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The Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism seeks to support and foster the university mission of service by preparing students to be engaged, aware and responsible citizens..
The mission of the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism is to engage students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service to the community. We develop educational programs and support service-learning initiatives that provide transformational experiences for our students in their development as citizen-scholars and strengthen our institution’s civic mission.
Saluki Volunteer Corps
Students volunteer in at least 30 hours of community service per academic year at after-school programs, the public library, state parks, food pantries, reading newspapers for the visually impaired, or Habitat for Humanity.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Explore academic interests and new careers.
- Connect classroom theory to practice.
- Learn new skills and build professional contacts.
- Receive a Student Involvement Transcript to add to your resume.
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps
Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps is a grant-based, community serviceproject mad possible through the Illinois Governor's Initiative and the Corporation for National Service in Washington, D.C. AmeriCorps members primarily focus their service in education, providing direct, one-on-one tutoring and mentoring assistance to teacher referred K-2 emergent learners, or middle-school students who would benefit from a relationship with a caring adult.
Benefits of AmeriCorps
Land of Lincoln members are eligible to receive the following benefits:
- A yearly stipend or living allowance in the sum of $6,405 in 10 checks.
- An education award in the amount of $2,775 upon successful completion of 900 hours.
- A portion of interest accrued on an existing education loan during the term of service.
- Leadership training and professional development opportunities at local and state levels.
Service-Learning takes place in credit-bearing courses that integrate academic content with real-world experience in community-based settings. There are over 80 service-learning courses at SIU across a wide spectrum of disciplines. In these courses, students participate in activities that address real needs of the community while learning academic content and social issues.
Benefits of Service-Learning
- Put classroom concepts into practice.
- Get to know your professor's research interests.
- Develop communication, critical thinking and provlem-solving.
- Explore possible career paths.
- Gain an understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives.
AmeriCorps Alumni Testimonial - Chris Davies
"When I was a college Junior I sometimes felt as though I had been lost in a crowd of faces and names. I was nothing more than one of thousands of students attending SIU. I was not special, or exceptional. I came to Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps: SIU chapter seeking an opportunity to develop myself by helping those who needed it most; it became a life changing experience. I would urge any student looking to do truly meaningful work to apply for a position within AmeriCorps. A position with AmeriCorps is one that fosters responsibility, critical thought, cultural diversity, and a sense of civic duty beyond that which students can find in a classroom. I myself developed skills in event planning, management, coordination, and leadership. These are skills that must be learned, not taught in a class room. Even after your term of service is complete, AmeriCorps will continue to guide your career and open new doors for you. I am currently attending a top ranking graduate school while being awarded an AmeriCorps fellowship worth 40% of my tuition. My institution is just one of many that recognize the quality of AmeriCorps and its Alumni. I challenge the students of today to be more than ordinary, I dare them to be extraordinary; don’t just be a citizen of America, be an engaged citizen through AmeriCorps."
- Christian Davies, 13’ Geography and Environmental Resources
To learn more about AmeriCorps, please click on the following link: AmeriCorps