The Service-Learning Center equips Calvin University students, staff, and faculty to learn reflectively, serve lovingly, and engage wholeheartedly with our neighbors in the pursuit of justice, vibrancy, and shalom in Grand Rapids and the world.

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Service-Learning Facts and Stats
  • 54,000

    total amount of service-learning hours logged by Calvin students in a year

  • 195+

    total active agency partners

  • 223

    international service-learning placements

  • 59

    total number of faculty offering academically-based service-learning

Get involved

Integrate your studies, gifts, and passions with service through your classes, your residence hall, or your own initiative. Become well acquainted with service-learning and how it applies to the needs and strengths of Calvin’s surrounding communities.

service-learning opportuinities

Service-learning opportunities

Current service-learning opportunities. Check out our database if you're searching for something in particular.

Service Learning Volunteers planting gardens
Enter service-learning hours

Record your service-learning hours.

S-LC Scholarships

The Service-Learning Center helps connect Calvin University students with local organizations to assist in serving community needs while enhancing the learning experience of students.

Post an opportunity

Opportunities to serve and learn with your organization can appear in our online database that is updated weekly

Host a StreetFest Group

Curious about being involved in our biggest service-learning program of the year? Each fall we pair groups of incoming students with a community partner for a day of service-learning. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in hosting! Find our contact info here.

Service-Learning Information & Context

Check out our publications section to learn more about how and why we do what we do.

You can participate in service-learning by modeling life-long service as a mentor in our various programs and integrating a service-learning experience into your class style.

Academically-based service-learning

Calvin's ABSL program seeks to connect theory and practice in the classroom

Scholarship nominations

Nominate a student that has exemplified a commitment to service in the community and a commitment to friendship within the university community

You may have left Calvin, but you will never stop serving and learning. The S-LC can be an ongoing resource for you in this life-long project and you can be a resource for us. Stay involved with the S-LC as an alumni partner.

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