Category Archives: Service Learning

Reading Tutors Needed at Cumberland Y

ACM SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY – Reading Tutors needed at Cumberland, YMCA 

Description: Volunteer Reading Tutors  for School Age Children

Contact/Supervisor Name: Gail Davis, Director of School Age Childcare Program at the Cumberland YMCA

ymcaLocation Address: 601 Kelly Road, Cumberland, MD 21502

Student Learning Objectives (What Students Will Learn when the Tutor):  apply instructional strategies and gain first-hand experience working with children.

The more effort and excitement the mentor puts into the project, the more excited the kids will be about participating. Learn how to help children read

better and be more self-confident about reading aloud. 

Dates Needed /Length of Time: Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM 

What kind of students are you looking for? We are looking for students that like to work with children and to see them succeed. 

They must be respectful to the children.

Next steps if a student/instructor is interested? Please contact Gail Davis at 301-777-9646 for more information and

AND complete the ACM 3 easy steps found at this link:

Service-Learning is characterized by a deliberate connection between academic curriculum and community service. Students’ service can be a component of course curriculum and becomes a vehicle for learning course material. Students reflect on their service, relate it to coursework, and evaluate what they are learning. Service-learning also provides students the opportunity to hone job skills. (More about service learning is available at this link:


Tinker Camp

Volunteer Project Name: Tinkering Camp

umeProject Description: At Tinker Camp, youth ages 8-14 will learn, discover, and create using electronics and other materials.  

What will the Student Volunteer to Do? Student volunteers will work directly with youth to build circuits and create projects.

Date of Event: Saturday, April 9, 2016 

Time: TBD (9-3pm?)

Location: LaVale Library, 815 National Hwy, La Vale, MD 21502 – Phone:(301) 729-0855

Who Should the Student Contact?   Jessica Mellon, 4-H Educator, University of Maryland Extension-Allegany County

How Should they Contact Them? or 301-724-3320

Who will Supervise Them? Jessica Mellon

What will the Student Learn?  The student will learn circuitry basics, gain experience working with youth in a non-classroom setting, and learn STEM education best practices. 

Is an application or contact information required? Volunteers must meet with Jessica Mellon in advance of camp to discuss plans and preparations.    

Students who volunteer should complete the ACM forms – listed on Page 7 – in the SL/CE Student Handbook found at this link. Please return your forms to the Service Learning and Civic Engagement office – located in the Humanities Building in room 11a.



Somerset, Pennsylvania


ViaQuest Hospice and its caring professionals strive to be a refuge for patients and their families. Serving over 250 patients in 8 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, our mission is to assist our patients in maintaining dignity and quality of life in their final days while also providing support for caregivers, families and loved ones. ViaQuest Hospice staff strives to assist our patients in living each day to the fullest by focusing on comfort care, pain management and relief of distressing symptoms. We offer our patients and their families spiritual and bereavement counseling, as well as emotional support.

Patients receive care wherever they call home, whether that is their personal residence, the home of a family member, or a care facility.  Volunteers are an essential part of the interdisciplinary team providing care.  Serving as a hospice volunteer is an excellent way to fulfill course service requirements for a wide range of majors, gain experience in your chosen field (or explore a new field!), boost a resume, build a network and to grow as a person.

Possible Projects:

No minimum hours are required.  Volunteers are free to choose how much time they would like to give.

Volunteers provide a smiling face, a hand to hold, and a sharing of love and compassion.

Companionship services can include                         

  • Talking and listening
  • Reading
  • Cards/Games/Puzzles
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Recording of life memories:  scrapbooking, photo organizations, memoirs

Respite services can include

  • Errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry
  • Light cleaning
  • Landscaping
  • Child Care

Bereavement services can include

  • Care Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Visits
  • Assisting with Memorial Services

Spiritual Care services can include

  • Scripture reading
  • Prayer
  • Hymns


How to Become a Volunteer

Those interested in volunteering should contact Kim DiPiazza, Volunteer Coordinate, to arrange to receive an application packet

Phone:   724-292-7696


To become a volunteer:

  • Complete Application packet
  • Criminal Background Check (cost covered by ViaQuest) – the form is included in the application packet
  • Tuberculosis screening (cost covered by ViaQuest) – available at any local MedExpress.  Instructions are included in the application packet
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer Orientation Program – scheduled at your convenience.  Orientation takes 1-3 hours at a location convenient to you
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer On-Site Training Program – you will meet a patient/patients

Upcoming Events:

Refer to Website

Interested in volunteering here?  Please describe your interest and availability below and click submit!

What does the word “service” mean?

The Volunteer Center’s focus is on service in the community, but what does the word “service” really mean?
According to, service comes from the Latin word servire, which originally, literally meant, “to be a slave.” Slaves during the Roman Empire would do anything from farm work to fighting as gladiators in the arena. This idea of forced labor carried over into the Middle French (and then English) adaptation of servire into the word serf. In feudal Europe, serfs were a kind of modified slave. Serfs could turn to a wealthy lord for both protection from the myriad wars that occurred in Medieval Europe, as well as lease land on which to live and grow crops. In return, however, serfs were forced to work as laborers for the lord and were legally bound to the land. Though this seems like an ancient concept, it has remained– to some extent–until fairly recently, as some countries did not abolish serfdom until the mid-Twentieth Century.

The current definition has changed quite a bit from near-slavery to offering aid or assistance. Over the next few weeks, we will be examining how “service” translates into other languages and it’s connotations. To begin with, though, what does service mean to you?