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Why Do Service?

Involvement and engagement with real community and civic issues leads to deeper levels of learning and personal growth.  When you are meaningfully and responsibly engaged in these issues, you’ll meet people who can change your life. And you can make a difference in the lives of others. Studies show that people actively involved in this work find more meaning and joy in their lives. People who provide service to others often gain as much as they give. 

Benefits For Individuals
While making a difference in the lives of others and your community, you can...

  • Make lifelong friendships
  • Find some joy in working with others
  • Learn more about yourself
  • Develop your leadership abilities
  • Gain marketable "real life" experience
  • Explore career/major options

Benefits for Student Groups
While your group members work side-by-side to serve the needs of the local area, your organization can...

  • Learn team-building skills
  • Become more active
  • Increase its membership
  • Enhance overall morale
  • Find a new sense of purpose
  • Gain public recognition

Benefits for RU Classes
Service-learning, the connection of classroom theory with hands-on community service, is a great way to enhance student learning and retention. Whether students work individually, in small groups, or as an entire class to serve the needs of the local area and/or work for a social cause, students will...

  • Learn through hands-on work in a community service environment
  • Make meaning of theory and retain more relevant information
  • Learn about the complexities of social injustices and systemic problems
  • Learn about the importance of civic responsibility and active citizenship
  • Be more engaged in the course material