Learning to serve, serving to learn

Be active in the world, and understand it in a whole new way. With Calvin’s Service-Learning Center, you can learn together through community-based service-learning and social justice activities in Grand Rapids and in other communities.

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Service-Learning Center
Explore the mission and values behind Calvin’s commitment to service, as well as a full list of service opportunities.

Quick facts
  • 1,800+

    students participated in service learning projects in 2015–16

  • ~12

    spring break service-learning trips each year

  • 53k

    Total amount of service-learning hours logged by Calvin students

  • 195+

    Total active agency partners

Ways to serve

Opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ are endless. From weekly community service to once-in-a-lifetime trips, there are all sorts of ways to get involved.


As a new student, spend one day of orientation doing service learning in Grand Rapids. Learn more.

Academically-based service learning

Join with classmates in a project that gives you service experience related to your class subject. Learn more.

Residence hall community partnerships

Work at a community organization that has partnered with your residence hall. Learn more.

Spring break trips

Spend a week serving and learning at one of 13 locations across the country. Learn more.

Find your own opportunity

Find an opportunity that fits your interests and schedule. Search opportunities.


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Learn to lead

If you discover that service-learning is a passion, you may want to consider inspiring others to get involved.