Important Information for Fall 2020 Service Learning


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In keeping with current guidance, MCC is committed to virtual service-learning whenever possible and will not be offering or supporting in-person service-learning until further notice. This is for the safety of our students as well as our community partners. 


Students in classes that require or offer individual service-learning this semester have two options and should consult their faculty member to determine which option works for their class


  1. Virtual Service-Learning (approximately 22 hours of service per semester)
  • Many community partners have gotten creative with their offerings this year and are seeking virtual volunteers.  Students who complete service virtually might be
    • Record video lessons for students or teach online classes
    • Create a social media campaign for a local non-profit
    • Complete a research report identifying strengths and areas of growth for an organization
    • Mentor kids or teens online
    • Transcribe audio files or archival materials.
    • Create activity packets, educational materials or lesson plans
  • Students that are completing virtual service with a site should follow the typical procedures for finding a site
    • Browse GivePulse ( under "Affiliates" and finding a site that students would like to reach out to check at the about page for a contact and emailing them to see if they are in need of virtual volunteers.
    • Students can also find a site on their own – perhaps one that they’ve volunteered at previously.  If the site is not currently on GivePuse, students must complete a GivePulse Site Request form on our website (
      • New sites must first receive professor approval, must be not-for-profit, must be unpaid service and should be sites willing to host MCC students in the future
    • Once the site has been secured, students should complete the contract, have their professor and the site sign it electronically and email it to
    • Once the contract has been submitted, students should complete service, track their hours on GivePulse and have their site supervisor complete an evaluation at the end of the term.  A how-to guide on GivePulse and the evaluation form can be found on our website under Student Resources (

      2. Alternative Assignment

  • Students unable to find a virtual opportunity may, with professor approval, be able to complete an Alternative Assignment to meet learning outcomes.  Alternative Assignments should have a component that includes service to or engagement with the community.  Some suggestions include recording videos, doing research, creating lesson plans, etc. that we could share it with sites for future use. With this being an election year, it’s a great time to infuse a civic component – students can identify a problem in their community that they would like to see addressed and research the best ways to solve that problem.
  • Students that complete an approved Alternative Assignment do NOT need to complete a contract, track hours or complete an evaluation, instead, they’ll work with their faculty member to assess successful completion.  The Office of Civic and Service-Learning would love if these completed assignments were shared with us so that we may offer them to sites in the future!


Students needing help finding sites to complete virtual service or faculty with questions regarding the process should email Students seeking Alternative Assignments should speak to their faculty member. 

Last Modified: 10/14/20