Service Opportunities

Wesley Service Scholarship

  • Application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is February 15, 2014 
  • Wesley Service Scholarship – The Wesley Service Scholarship supports students who are involved in volunteer service. If you are already volunteering in a service agency (a school, sports program, non-profit agency, church, etc.) and would like to do some reflection with other students about your service, then the Wesley Service Scholar program is for you! If you are not currently volunteering but would like to, we can provide a list of potential service sites. We offer a $500 stipend through your financial aid account in exchange for:
  • 80 hours of verified service (~40 each semester)
  • Selected common readings regarding service
  • Your participation in a peer group to reflect on your experiences
  • A simple journal in which you write about your service.

Questions? Contact Jorie Landers at jorie.landers@simpson.edu  or 961-1716.

Wesley Service Scholar Application for incoming First Years

Wesley Service Scholar Application for current Simpson students

Wesley Service Scholars, along with service-learning classes, track their service hours via NobleHour, an online community designed to measure community impact.

Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP)

Simpson College has partnered with the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program (ICAP), which offers an education award of $1132 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in return for 300 hours of community service in a calendar year!

Interested students should contact Jorie Landers.

RLC

Simpson’s Religious Life Community (RLC) provides transportation to a variety of community partners six days per week.  Regular opportunities include mentoring inner city youth in Des Moines, assisting at a food pantry and clothing distribution center, and serving meals at the Catholic Worker House.  Saturday projects vary by week.  To sign up, visit Smith Chapel.

Additionally, RLC sponsors Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips each year. The Alternative Break Program is a student-run organization dedicated to providing Simpson students the opportunity to travel as members of an intentional community of service such that they may experience new perspectives, develop leadership skills, and practice cooperation through educational and hands-on community service during college breaks. Thanks to RLC subsidization and student fundraising, these mission trips are available to students at a very low-cost.  Interested in proposing a trip, contact Smith Chapel at 961-1610.

RLC also advises Simpson’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter.  Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. The Simpson campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity frequently participates in building and remodeling projects in conjunction with the Warren County  and Greater Des Moines chapters of Habitat. In addition to Saturday work trips and fundraisers, the chapter travels to a new location each year to build one or more houses over the week of spring break.

Academic Service-Learning

Many professors offer academic credit for service that enhances student-learning in the classroom and benefits the community.  For more information, contact Jorie Landers.

Call of Service May Term

Students participate in one week of classroom preparation before leaving on a 2-week long trip that incorporates service, reflection, and vocational discernment.  During the second week students spend a week in Denver, Colorado serving the urban community.  The third and final week is spent in the mountains where students are involved in intense reflection about their experiences and their vocation. For more information contact Jim Hayes.

Greek Life

Students involved in Greek Life at Simpson are among the most service-oriented at the college.  Each of the fraternities/sororities promotes a particular philanthropy and conduct service and programming around that philanthropy.  All of them promote and some even require general volunteering for their members.

Other Campus Clubs & Organizations

Many of Simpson’s student clubs and organizations are service-oriented.  Examples include, but are not limited to:

EAC, SARA, Enactus, Best Buddies, Rotaract

For a complete list of student clubs and organizations at Simpson, see http://events.simpson.edu/search/groups.

Yearly Service Events (Campus Day,  Reggie’s Sleepout, MLK Day of Service)

Each year Simpson offers or provides transportation to a number of service events.  Examples include Campus Day, Up Till Dawn, Reggie’s Sleepout, MLK Day of Service, and others as they come available.

General/Individualized Service

Students are always encouraged to participate in service on their own or with friends!  For help identifying an organization to partner with, contact Jorie Landers.

Check out our “Local Service Opportunities” to view our Community Partners and “National and International Service Opportunities” to learn more about service opportunities available through Simpson.

 

Contact information:
Jorie Landers, Service Coordinator and Chapel Assistant
Phone:  515-961-1716