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 is enriched. Service learning is a reciprocal partnership, providing students an opportunity to practice civic responsibility and application of coursework concepts while providing a service to a local non-profit agency strengthening the surrounding community.

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

Service Opportunities

If you ...

  • are exploring options for your service learning project for a course you are taking, or
  • need philanthropy hours for a scholarship, club, or Greek organization, or
  • are looking for way to give back to your community, or

  • want to make an impact on a community issue that is important to you

the Service Learning Office will work with you to make the connection for projects in the community through non-profit service agencies whether you will volunteer occasionally or commit to regular service hours. Feel free to browse through our listing of community partners and contact the ssorenso [at] (Service Learning office) or assistance.

Community Partners

The local community provides rich learning opportunities for NWU students.  Search our list of local non-profit agencies whom NWU has developed a relationship with. The Service Learning Office is open to exploring new opportunities, contact Shari Sorenson if you have an idea or agency that is not listed.

Necessary Forms

End-of-Semester Survey

At the end of the semester, students are asked to complete a quick survey to give the Service Learning Office feedback on their experience and track the number of hours Wesleyan students give to the community. Here's where you can take the Service Learning Survey.

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 a more profound understanding and retention of material. Use the Service Learning Office in determining agencies and innovative approaches to develop a reciprocal project for your course.

At the end of the semester, please provide information on the service learning component for your course.

As a service to faculty, the Service Learning Office provides a list of past agency and Nebraska Wesleyan collaborations with professor contact information to facilitate sharing of best practices.

An e-portfolio service learning template is available for Digication. The Service Learning Office will also work with you to customize a service learning template with your course specifics or point you in the direction of the standard template. Contact Shari Sorenson at ssorenso [at]

Campus Compact

NWU is a member of Campus Compact of the Great Plains, an organization of 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 20 non-profit organizations. Agencies who would like more information on how they could be a recipient of this event on August 19, 2017, contact Shari Sorenson  at ssorenso [at] or sign up your non-profit agency via Survey Monkey.

Global Service Learning

Global Service Learning (GSL) is a student organization that coordinates and participates in local service projects twice a month, inviting campus members to join once a 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 visit our Facebook page or email Becca Brune (rbrune [at] and Kara Cavel (kcavel [at]