Service Learning

Service Learning

What is Service Learning?

According to Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse, service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

How You Can Benefit

Service Learning enables students to apply course concepts to a real life experience that meets a community need and to reflect upon all aspects. Course objectives and student community work are fundamentally integrated throughout the semester. The basic aim of service learning is two-fold: first, that students’ service will heighten the understanding of central academic themes, goals, or subject matter in their courses; second, that the academic course content will facilitate students’ ability to reflect in deep.


Service Learning Requirements

All current freshmen and incoming students enrolled at Villa Maria College must complete two dedicated service learning courses and the related Service Learning experience. While Service Learning requirements may be optional within a course, they are a graduation requirement and must be completed during a students tenure at Villa.

All Service Learning requirements are designed in support of Villa Maria College’s mission and core values.

Service Learning Mission Statement

The mission of the Service Learning component at Villa Maria College is to incorporate direct community service within the academic experience at the college, thus enhancing the rigorous and enriching educational experience. Through service, the student is given the opportunity to live out the Catholic/Franciscan ideals of the college and put into practice the core values of respect for human dignity, compassion, transformation, solidarity with the poor and justice and peace.


Service Learning Vision Statement

Villa Maria College students will be transformed by meaningful Service Learning experiences to become men and women who promote a more just society and empower others to do the same. Students will be able to reflect upon and express how the reciprocal relationships between academics and service learning experiences have helped them not only better understand course content but also become more aware of the needs of others.

Benefits of Service Learning

Research clearly demonstrates that Service Learning has many benefits to students on many different levels. Click here to learn more.

I have found Service Learning to be an indispensable tool in the classroom. It has made ethical theories and concepts concrete and real for students and has helped to make the core values and Franciscan heritage of the college practical and applicable in the real world. Our students are exposed to our community and gain an appreciation for its diversity. They are challenged to make positive and life-long contributions to the betterment of our society. — Dr. Don Monnin Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies

Hard at Work

Check out the Villa students making a difference in their community!

Need More Info or Assistance?

Judy Piskun
Director of Career Services & Internships

Contact Info:
Phone: 716-961-1842

Office Location:
Library Building
Ground Floor
Room L50

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