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Service Placements

We divide our service placements into the areas listed below. All of these placements can be linked to a specific academic course, or they can be done independently. All of them, however, are only open to students wanting to make a semester- or year-long commitment to a specific community agency.

View the most up-to-date online directory of service opportunities


Aging and Health Services

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This is a great opportunity to work with the elderly. Help out in local retirement homes and community centers. Interact one-on-one with older adults or assist with group activities.

Service Coordinator: Chandler Tyrrell - tyrre3ca@dukes.jmu.edu


Community Wellness and Environment

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The Community Wellness and Environment area deals with agencies whose mission is to either preserve the environment or provide more personalized physical and mental health help through hands on activities and by educating the community.

Service Coordinator: Chinenye Omile - omilecv@dukes.jmu.edu


Disability Services

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Opportunities to work with mentally and physically handicapped children and adults in residential, learning, occupational, and recreational activities.

Service Coordinator: Megan McCoy - mccoyme@dukes.jmu.edu


Early and Elementary Education

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The service area of Elementary Education is focused on enlightening the lives of students in grades Kindergarten to Fifth grade. Service learners will have the opportunity to work with the students in various schools in the area by serving as a teacher's assistant or as a tutor during the school day. By volunteering at the schools, the service learner will gain a reward of self-gratification by knowing that they have positively impacted the life of a small child.

Service Coordinator: Allison Cherundolo - cherunac@dukes.jmu.edu


Exceptional Education

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This provides service learners with the opportunity to work with children in early education, special education and severely profoundly disabled classrooms. In each of the agencies, students are encouraged to take initiative and become active members of the classroom where they are service-learning.

Service Coordinator: Antonio Ruiz - ruizesax@dukes.jmu.edu


Hunger and Housing Services

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Opportunities providing help in homeless shelters, thrift stores, and food bank support. Direct and indirect contact with homeless and low income persons/families, with the goal of helping them obtain basic needs.

Service Coordinator: McKenzie Haislip - haislimg@dukes.jmu.edu


Youth Empowerment Services

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The area of Youth Empowerment Services provides an excellent opportunity for students to interact with various communities within the area. Agency listings included working with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Gus Bus, and many others. Opportunities for tutoring as well as working with adult communities are also available.

Service Coordinator: Kelley Biglin - biglinkm@dukes.jmu.edu