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Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism

Fostering the development of citizen-scholars.

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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

  1. Explore academic interests and new careers.
  2. Connect classroom theory to practice.
  3. Learn new skills and build professional contacts.
  4. Receive a Student Involvement Transcript to add to your resume.

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps

Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps is a grant-based, community service project made 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:

  1. A yearly stipend or living allowance in the sum of $6,641 in 10 checks.
  2. An education award in the amount of $2,865 upon successful completion of 900 hours.
  3. A portion of interest accrued on an existing education loan during the term of service.
  4. 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 aquire knowledge in their feild of study and an increased understanding of social issues.

Benefits of Service-Learning

  1. Put classroom concepts into practice.
  2. Get to know your professor's research interests.
  3. Develop communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  4. Explore possible career paths.
  5. Gain an understanding of diverse cultures and perspectives.

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