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Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Student Handbook


ACM Student Guide to Connecting to a Service Learning or Civic Engagement Community Placement Opportunity

3 Easy Steps

Step 1 - Read the SL/CE Handbook: This handbook gives you access to the information you will need to get started, including community partner information, forms, and general service-learning information. It can be accessed ACM Student Service Opportunity Handbook- word.

Step 2 - Select and Contact an Organization in the Service Opportunity Handbook: Using the guidelines provided by your instructor, review the list of community partners and select a potential partner that meets your instructor's requirements and looks interesting to you. Call the organization you are interested in and discuss with the volunteer coordinator, director, or assigned staff person, the available service options (see page 5 in your hand book for a script to follow.) Tell the staff person what course you are taking and what your academic requirements and required hours are.

  • Find assignments that meet the course and instructor's requirements.
  • Determine if transportation is available and / or driving distance is acceptable.
  • See if the hours of operation to perform the assignment fits your school/work schedule.

Note: Please do not choose a community partnership site that is not in the directory. If you would like the staff to explore adding a new partner, please contact Or, if there is information that needs updated in the directory, please email us to let us know.

Step 3 - Complete and Turn in the Three Service-Learning forms:

DUE before the beginning of your placement:

1. ACM Student Contract Liability Form (Click on link to download, complete, and submit form to

Once your placement has been confirmed with a partnership site, complete the Contract and Liability Waiver and obtain the signatures of the site supervisor and your course instructor. You are not authorized to begin your service hours until this form has been submitted. Submit the form to the SL/CE Center - Room H11a in the Humanities Building or email to Report any problems to SL/CE as soon as possible, so that we may assist you.

DUE before the end of the semester:

2. ACM Service Time-Log-Eval Form (Click on link to download form. Keep your form updated and complete before the end of the semester and submit it to

Complete the required form with days and times spent on site. When finished, give the form to the partnership site supervisor so that he/she can fill in the evaluation. Return the form to H11a or email to

3. ACM Student Post Service Feedback Form - Due at end of placement. (Click on link to download form. Complete before the end of the semester and submit it to

Return the forms to H11a or email to - unless otherwise indicated by your instructor.

Please contact us if you need more information at (Mike and Diane) 301-784-5643

For More Information:

Please contact us at the Service Learning and Civic Engagement (SL / CE) Volunteer Center Office (Mike Bittner at (301) 784-5643 or Diane McMahon (301) 784-5113) for more information or email We are available to meet with you to talk about any questions or ideas that you may have.

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