Service Learning

About Service Learning

The Service Learning Office supports activities that integrate hands-on service experiences with academic learning.  By incorporating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection activities, the learning experience can be enriched.  Service learning provides the opportunity for students to practice civic responsibility while engaging in activities that strengthen their community.  

The Service Learning Office also provides resources for non-course-related service activities.

Service Opportunities

If you

  • Are looking for a way to give back to your community, or
  • Want to make an impact on a community issue that is important to you, or
  • Need philanthropy hours for a scholarship, club, or Greek organization, or
  • Are exploring options for your service learning project for a course you are taking

The Service Learning office offers a variety of direct service projects and volunteer opportunities throughout the community. Whether you will volunteer occasionally or commit to regular service hours, we have resources to help connect you to a position that fits your schedule and interests. Please e-mail us at service [at] for assistance.

Service Learning Forms:

Service Learning Database

The local community provides rich learning opportunities for NWU students. Our office maintains a searchable Service Learning Database.

Click here to access the Service Learning Database

Faculty Resources

Service Learning is an excellent way to give students an opportunity to apply academic constructs to real community needs.  Service Learning can provide a new level of excitement and engagement resulting in more profound understanding and retention of the material.  The Service Learning office can provide assistance to faculty who would like to incorporate service learning into courses. We can help develop materials, help make community contacts, provide sample syllabi and reflection materials, and offer other assistance as needed.  Our goal is to increase service learning at NWU by making it as easy for faculty as possible.  

E-mail the Service Learning Coordinator, Kelli Wood at kwood [at], for assistance.

Service Learning Project Ideas

NWU Service Learning Courses (PDF)

Campus Compact

NWU is a member of Nebraska Campus Compact, an organization of 12 colleges and universities committed to providing meaningful experiences for students to become active, engaged leaders in their communities, furthering the civic and public purposes of higher education and strengthening communities.

Lend a Hand to Lincoln

The Service Learning Office coordinates Lend a Hand to Lincoln, an organized day of service each fall which gives new students an opportunity to get acquainted with the Lincoln community through service to one of over 30 non-profit organizations.  Please e-mail us at service [at] for more information.

Global Service Learning

Global Service Learning (GSL) is a student organization that coordinates and participates in local service projects for the NWU campus each month.  Global Service Learning also participates in national and international service learning projects each year. The application process for membership in GSL is held during the fall semester. For additional information regarding Global Service Learning activities contact Kelli Wood at kwood [at], in the Career & Counseling Center or visit our Facebook page.