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.
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Aging and Health Services
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: Michelle Cook - firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities to work with mentally and physically handicapped children and adults in residential, learning, occupational, and recreational activities.
Service Coordinator: Jane Eisenhardt - email@example.com
Early and Elementary Education
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
Madison Community Scholars
The Madison Community Scholars provides an excellent opportunity to empower students to feel confident and able to participate in major decisions about education and learning. The program will help students find their voice with peers, faculty and family members as they matriculate through the scholarship program. In addition, The Madison Community Scholars program will build “town and gown” connections between JMU and the community in an effort to fulfill the vision of becoming the national model of the engaged university.
Service Coordinator: Chinenye Omile - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellness and Hunger
The Wellness and Hunger 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. This included giving 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: Megan McCoy - email@example.com
Youth Empowerment Services
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: Jenna Hart - firstname.lastname@example.org