Service Learning - About

BENEFITS OF Service Learning & Community Service

Community members, students, and educators everywhere are discovering that service-learning offers all its participants a chance to take part in the active education of youth while simultaneously addressing the concerns, needs, and hopes of communities.


  • Enrich the meaning of "community college" by creating and solidifying the reality of community.
  • Fill unmet needs in the community through direct service which is meaningful and necessary.
  • Enable students to help others, give of themselves and enter into caring relationships.
  • Assist students to see the relevance of disciplines to the world.
  • Enhance students' self-esteem and confidence.
  • Develop an environment of collegial participation among students, faculty and the community.
  • Increase civic responsibility and bring alive the meaning of participatory democracy.
  • Assist agencies to serve their clients and support the mission of the agency. In addition the program is sensitive to the needs/requests of individuals.
  • Expose students to societal neglect and injustices and empower them to address these issues.
  • Better prepare students for their careers and their continuing education. Service learning is a fine avenue for career
  • exploration.
  • Remind us of the truth that interconnection binds us all together.

    More information to come.


    • Backpack Project – St. Leo Food Connection
      • Stuffing bags of nourishing food for local children who need food on weekends
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Supply Drive
    • Communities in Schools Mentoring Program
    • Pierce College Restoration Project
    • Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Earthcorps Environmental cleanup
    • Habitat for Humanity Builds
    • FISH Food Bank
    • L’Arche Farms
    • Many more…


    Pierce College has developed many community partnerships that offer students opportunities to partake in local community service activities. These past two years of developing this Service Learning and Volunteer program, we are proud to announce the connection between Communities in Schools of Lakewood and the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus. With this partnership, we will be encouraging college students who are positive role models, to mentor local youth at risk in the Clover Park School District.

    Another highlight we are proud of is our partnership with St. Leo Food Connection. The Fort Steilacoom campus has taken on a bi-weekly project to pack bags full of nourishing food for students in the Clover Park School District. These elementary, middle, and high school students rely on their school food programs in order to eat the right amount of food every day. These bags are delivered every Friday to make sure they have meals outside of school.


    Our projects have mainly been recognized in the Pierce College newspaper along with a local Lakewood newspaper for participating in "Green the Park." We also were featured on the Communities in Schools National Office website for recruiting college students to mentor local youth at risk in the Clover Park School District. We anticipate much more media coverage for the years to come.

Christie Flynn
Dean of Library and Learning Resources

Rebecca Anderson
Community Engagement Coordinator

Service Learning Hotline