The mission of the Service-Learning Center is to engage and equip Calvin College students, faculty, staff, community partners, alumni and other friends of the college in and for the pursuit of God's shalom. We do this by learning together, primarily through community-based service-learning, social justice activity and civic participation in Grand Rapids and other partner communities.

  • The Residence Hall Community Partnerships Program received the 2017 Best Practice Award from the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values! Read more here.
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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 oppertunities

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

Service Learning
Enter service-learning hours

Record your service-learning hours.

S-LC Scholarships
Scholarships

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

Post an opportunity

Opportunities to serve with your organization can appear in our searchable online database or in our weekly email to students interested in service-learning

Community partner email list

Sign up for our community partner email list. We will use this mode of communication to notify partners of upcoming partnership opportunites and community events

Waiver & idemnification form

If you are hosting Calvin students we need this signed paperwork on file as an agreement regarding the partnership between your organization and the Service-Learning Center

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 college 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 SL-C as an alumni partner

Quick Facts
  • 54k

    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

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