Individual Community Service
McDonough Scholars are required to perform service as part of their degree path. The Office of Community Engagement defines "service" as a non-paid activity with a community/campus partner that challenges students to meet needs, teaches responsible citizenship, demonstrates leadership, bridges knowledge and action, and offers a reflection opportunity. The benefits of community service may be tangible or intangible, immediate or long-term.
Individual and Group Volunteering
What: Marietta College has a network of more than three dozen community partner organizations that have volunteer opportunities for students. Whether you are looking for a one-time event or a weekly commitment, we can help you connect with an organization that needs your help. Options range from giving tours at historical museums or tutoring children at after-school programs to working with national organizations like the Humane Society or Habitat for Humanity.
Who: Any student, faculty, or staff member, as well as any club, group, or organization.
When: Some local organizations have daily or weekly programs that use volunteers, others are one-time or occasional events or opportunities.
How: Many organizations have tables at the beginning of the year involvement fair where students can learn about opportunities and get connected. Announcements about special events, opportunities, and needs are posted on MyMarietta, shared through the Marietta email system, and announced on the @OCEmarietta Facebook page. Or contact the program director, Dr. Amy Elliott, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Office of Community Engagement in the McDonough Center, Room 103, for a list of volunteer sites.
Why: Volunteering feels good, increases your skills, builds your resume, and helps you connect with friends and mentors in the community.
What: “Service-learning incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community” (https://compact.org/initiatives/service-learning/). All service learning at Marietta College asks students to apply their academic knowledge and skills to help meet a real community need, engaging students directly with community members and organizations. Community Engagement in the classroom also included engaged scholarship, community-based research, and the creation of community case studies.
Who: Any interested student can find a class! Many departments offer service-learning or community-based courses and projects, including marketing, management, computer science, graphic design, leadership, art, nutrition, biology, political science, religion, communication, psychology, modern languages, education, English, and more.
When: Service-learning courses are offered each semester, as well as during summer faculty-led study tours. New courses and experiences are developed regularly.
How: Students interested in finding a service-learning course can talk to their advisor as well as the Director of Community Engagement (email@example.com) to learn about options. OCE is also available as a resource for any faculty or staff member who wants to develop a service-learning or community-based project.
Why: Service learning, in and outside of the classroom, enhances critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, sense of purpose, and collaboration, as well as provides students with an opportunity to put their knowledge into action and build their personal and professional networks.
Make a Difference Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
What: Travel with a small group of students and staff to explore cities and towns, investigate economic and social issues, and participate in learning opportunities and service projects. All trips include travel, meals, and admission to museums or other activities as well as visits with community organizations and hands-on service opportunities. One potential trip plans to visit Detroit to learn about neighborhood revitalization. Alternative Spring Break 2018 traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn about housing access, food and health justice, and policy-making in our nation’s capital. There are ideally annual trips in May to the Dominican Republic to work on home repairs, build a school, and work and play games with Dominican youth.
Who: Any interested member of the campus.
When: Make a Difference Day always takes place on the third or fourth Saturday in October. Registration and refreshments are at 8:30 a.m.; Service runs from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Other campus-wide days of service may be scheduled throughout the year, including MLK Jr. Day of Service which is always on the MLK Jr. holiday in January. Days of Service will be announced through MyMarietta, email, social media, and other campus communication.
How: Sign up in advance, either individually or with a group, with a specific project — watch your MC email on campus beginning in early October (and for MLK Jr. Day in November/December) for more information.
Why: If you did service in the past, want to start doing service, want to do a project with a group of friends, are looking for a chance to meet new friends, need service hours for a class or organization, or want to learn more about the Marietta Community.
Alternative Breaks: Fall Break, Spring Break, and Weekend Programs
What: Travel with a small group of students and staff to explore cities and towns, investigate economic and social issues, and participate in learning opportunities and service projects. All trips include travel, meals, and admission to museums or other activities as well as visits with community organizations and hands-on service opportunities. One potential trip plans to visit Detroit to learn about neighborhood revitalization. Alternative Spring Break 2018 traveled to Washington, D.C., to learn about housing access, food and health justice, and policy-making in our nation’s capital. There are ideally annual trips in May to the Dominican Republic to work on home repairs, build a school, and work and play games with Dominican Youth.
Who: All alternative break programming is open to all students at Marietta College.
When: Typically during breaks, there will be a trip; always Spring Break, in May for Summer Break, some years in the Fall semester for Fall Break and Winter Break.
How: Watch your MC email and the @OCEmarietta Facebook page or Instagram for more info. You can also email the program director, Dr. Amy Elliott, for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by her office. There is a trip fee, which varies by program.
Why: Learn hands-on about issues and opportunities in other communities, engage in thoughtful discussion with diversity or perspectives, and be part of the solution through service. Make new friends on campus and see a new city or part of the country. Get out of your “comfort zone” and challenge yourself to make new connections and discoveries that will enhance your learning, your resume, and your own self-discovery and leadership development.
Next Gen (LEAD 290)
What: This intensive two-semester academic program matches Marietta College students with local nonprofit boards. Students attend weekly classes as well as monthly board meetings. They work on three specific projects for their nonprofit organizations through the class; a capacity assessment, a grant proposal, and a capacity-building service-learning project.
Who: Any student with an interest who will be on campus for the next 2 consecutive semesters.
When: Students take a once per week class each semester, as well as attend monthly board and committee meetings off-campus for their organization. Students apply to the program in November and begin the program when classes start in January for the spring semester.
How: Applications are sent out via Marietta email, as well as on the @OCEmarietta Facebook page. You can also contact Natalie Bradley at email@example.com. Once they have filled out a short application, interested students participate in an interview to “match” them with an organization that they are interested in, and whose board meetings will fit in their schedule.
Why: This experience will put students in a direct leadership position in a community organization, giving them a seat on the Board of Directors of a local organization. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in: getting involved in their community, learning how a nonprofit organization is run while helping run it, working in the nonprofit sector or being involved in community work after graduation, or gaining experience that will help in running their own business or organization. This program is also a great fit for anyone who has a community-based passion or interest (youth, elderly, disabled, animals, history, art and culture, economic development, basic needs, sports, etc.) and wants to go beyond traditional volunteering. Next Gen students get opportunities for networking, developing marketable skills and experiences, and learning how to work in and with a group of diverse adults. Students also get to know their cohort members well and form bonds with their peers and their community mentors that go far beyond the program itself.