Chandler-Gilbert Community College student Linda Lloyd recently spent the day preparing meals at Paz de Cristo Outreach Center as part of a service-learning assignment for her sociology class.
“This experience gave me the opportunity to get a sense of the challenges faced by a non-profit social service agency in today’s dire economic climate,” Lloyd said. “Paz de Cristo performs an amazing service in feeding the homeless and working poor with a very small staff bolstered by a large number of volunteers who are vital to the success of the agency.”
For nearly 20 years, CGCC students have participated in service-learning, providing thousands of hours of service in the community each year.
Service-learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical and reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility, said Vanessa Sandoval, a communications instructor and Service Learning coordinator at CGCC.
“Students see how the course concepts they are learning in class apply outside of the classroom, and they gain a deeper understanding of the issues impacting others,” Sandoval said. “For example, biology students work with Alzheimer’s patients at a medical facility or senior center, research the condition, and then write a research and reflection paper for their class. The experience is memorable because students are engaged and making a positive impact in their community.”
Pictured: Chandler-Gilbert Community College students recently served at the Gilbert Riparian Preserve, clearing bulrushes from the streams to improve water circulation.
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