Service Learning Basics

Service Learning Basics

Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CCS)


Open Invite

Play VideoThe Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service (CCS) welcomes everyone. Students, faculty, and staff, please feel free to drop by the Center at any time through the year or attend any CCS meetings in which you have interest. Meetings are coordinated by CCS staff, but all students are welcome. Students can come to meetings, connect with a service site, take a lead in coordinating events, recruit people for service, and bring new ideas to the table.

We are here for you. We can also help you plan a service activity with a group or an individual site if you are interested.

Mission Statement

The Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service aims to provide experiential learning and enriching service to engage McKendree University and its students with both their local and global communities.  We strive to develop socially responsible global citizens.  This is done through academic coursework, service experiences, educational programming and opportunities for personal growth.

Scholarship

Please see Awards for information regarding the CCS Scholarship, due January 12th, 2015.

Our Components

Into the StreetsCommunity Service and Outreach

CCS works with partner agencies to serve the community. We coordinate individualized service placements, weekly service opportunities, and group service projects. Through our partnerships, we are able to build a spirit of service on campus that is carried with students into their lives and careers after graduating.

Service Learning

Service Learning CCS assist faculty in finding appropriate Service Learning placements as well as meeting individually with faculty members to consult on their courses. We also provide service learning contracts, evaluations, evaluation tools, hours logs and other forms for students and faculty and assist students at the beginning of the semester to solidify weekly service opportunities to fulfill their course’s Service Learning requirements if needed.

Social Justice

Social JusticeCCS coordinates events and programs to build social awareness among the campus community. Among other events, we coordinate Hunger and Homelessness week for our community to raise awareness of the local and global causes and effects of hunger and homelessness. Retreats are provided to analyze issues and systems affecting social injustice. Reflections to build individual understanding of justice are also offered on a monthly basis.

Scholarship & Student Development

Scholarship & Student DevelopmentCCS selects and oversees scholars who have dedicated a portion of their college career to promoting service on campus. These students are pushed to develop their understanding of community service and encourage the spirit of service among campus. Non-scholars interested in being a larger part of the CCS are encouraged to participate in all scholar activities and help coordinate events as well.