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Service Learning At MC
Cassidy participating in service learning with the Lyme Education Awareness Foundation, or LEAF Program, President Dr. Nancy Fox.

Do you like giving back to the community but aren’t quite sure how? Well, MC can help you with that!

One way to get involved is by being in a “service-learning course.” Some classes require you to have a certain amount of service-learning hours each semester—my small group communication class requires a minimum of 12 hours.

You can also just do some service on your own!

Now you may be saying “but Cassidy how do we find places to serve?” MC has got that covered!

One thing you can do is contact your campus’ Service-Learning Program contact: For Germantown it’s Suuraya Johnson (SA 186), Rockville it’s Nik Sushka (CC 005), and Takoma Park is Dr. Lucy Vitaliti (ST 216). These amazing people can get you started on the right service-learning path!

You can also visit MC’s Givepulse page. Here you can find a list of all the groups and affiliate s that MC works with for service hours. There are a variety of places to serve, from working with an animal shelter, helping the homeless, Latino student fund and more!

You will also see a calendar showing you upcoming events you can volunteer at.

This page is also where you can log your hours (or impact) to receive credit for class, or just to have somewhere to document your amazing work!  Just click “add impact,” find the program you did work for and input your data. If you work for a non-profit that isn’t listed (like me!) don’t worry, you can add that in too!

Still can’t find somewhere to volunteer? Try the Montgomery County Volunteer Center. Here you can actually use keywords to find something you are interested in, as well as put in your zipcode to find somewhere close to where you live.

Nowadays it is hard to not get caught up in our own lives. Volunteering is a great way to get out of our own bubbles and give back to the community that has supported us for so long.

There are plenty of opportunities out there, so which one will you choose?

Bonus: here is a video we made in my COMM 220 class on the steps for successful service-learning that may be helpful (or at least give you a laugh!)

Cassidy Colbert

I am a 19-year-old lifelong resident of Damascus, Maryland. I am in my 3rd semester as a part-time student at MC. I plan on getting my Associates Degree in the next couple of years and then transferring to the University of Maryland at the Universities at Shady Grove (health permitting).

MC has been my academic home for the past year and I could not be happier. I started off my collegiate experience at Salisbury University in the fall of 2015, but due to my Chronic Lyme Disease, I was forced to drop out. I thought my academic life was over, as I was too ill to handle a full course-load, but that is when I discovered the part-time option at MC. MC gave the choice to take as many, or as few classes as I wanted, and because of this, I am now back on track to getting my degree. MC also offered me disability support services to further assist me in accomplishing my dreams.

I hope that this blog can help other students like me to see that even though they may not be taking the “traditional” route towards higher education, MC offers load of opportunities that will get us where we want to go. Whether you aren’t sure where you want to end up in life, or have another obstacle, like a chronic illness or disability, you can still reach for the stars and accomplish anything they want to here at MC. 

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