Lindenwood University embraces community service as an extension of service-learning and believes this service is a philosophy of experiential learning in which students participate not only to meet the needs of the community, but also to develop critical thinking skills, commitment to values, and skills for effective citizenship.
Beginning in 2010, students who acquire 500 hours of qualified community service will receive a designation on their permanent academic transcript to recognize their achievement. In addition, qualified students will receive special recognition in commencement publications and receive a service cord that can be worn during the commencement ceremony.
To satisfy this requirement, community service projects must meet the following criteria:
- No pay or other compensation may be received for service.
- No family members may be the recipients or supervision of service.
- No designation will be given for work with a profit-making organization.
- No credit will be given for co-curricular activities (i.e., grading papers, participating in school performance activities that are related to or required by another class, managing sports teams, etc.). In other words, a public service organization must be the primary beneficiary of community service projects/time.
- No credit given for hours required to satisfy Work and Learn requirements (including Learn and Serve).
- No credit for service will be given for court-required or other punitive service.
- Service must take place during the time that the student was enrolled at Lindenwood University.
Directions: Students must access LU Connect through their student portal. Once in LU Connect, click on “Organizations” then find the “Community Service Transcript Designation” organization. You will first need to join the organization in order to start entering hours. To do so, click on "Join Organization" at the top of the “Community Service Transcript Designation” page. Once you are accepted, you can submit hours in two ways. To submit hours for one project/date at a time, simply click on "Service Hours" and then enter your time. If you'd like to track your hours and submit multiple projects at a time, go to "Documents," open the "Service Hours Form" document and begin entering your hours. Once you are ready to submit them, you can do so by clicking on "Forms" then "Lindenwood University Community Service Form." You will be able to upload your document containing your hours here. Hours can be uploaded on a regular basis.
Lindenwood University residential students may participate in the Community Work Service Segment of the Work & Learn Program during their junior and senior year. This assignment will replace one semester of Work & Learn on campus. The student will work an average of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks, or a total of 150 hours, in the participating community service organization or school district. The student’s University account will be credited as though they are working on campus. In order to participate, students must complete 55 hours of credit and be of junior or senior standing. (Others may be considered under special circumstances.) Students must be eligible to participate in the regular Work & Learn Program and have completed satisfactory work in previous Work & Learn Assignments and also be in satisfactory academic standing.
The purpose of the Community Work Service/American Reads Program is as follows:
- To expose students to volunteer agencies and social programs in the local community.
- To enable students to be involved in hands-on experience outside their normal disciplines.
- To provide diverse opportunities that will enhance the student’s educational background and broaden their range of marketable talents.
For more information about getting involved with Community Work Service, stop by Career Services or call 636-949-4806.
The Lindenwood University Campus YMCA is a student-centered organization that provides community service opportunities in nine student-led programs. These programs serve the Lindenwood University community as well as the St. Charles community through eight collaborative partnerships.
The Campus Y provides a variety of opportunities for Lindenwood students to educate and mentor youth and reach out to the community. A long standing tradition with the Campus Y has been Alternative Service Break program, which offers students a chance to immerse themselves in another culture through a weeklong service trip in various domestic locations. The Campus Y has also been known as the recycling champion on campus as the University’s recycling program began at the Campus Y through the Y-Frees the Trees program.
The Campus Y develops leaders by allowing students to serve as program leaders and Executive Council members. The Campus Y is a program incubator offering assistance to students, wanting to start a new program. Stop by the Campus YMCA House and visit. We are across from Commerce Bank on First Capitol Drive.
Campus YMCA / 636-949-4787
Joseph Lovell / 636-255-2213
All groups planning a community service event or planning to participate in a community service project must notify the Lindenwood University Community Service Clearinghouse currently supported by the Student and Academic Support Services (SASS) department. This is not an approval process, but a process by which all community service activity through Lindenwood University may be streamlined and funneled through a community service calendar. This process will organize current projects, avoiding duplication in effort, and will allow groups to publicize events while attracting more participants. Groups have the option through this process to mark whether the event is closed to a specific group or if the event is open to the LU student community. Events will be marked on the calendar as opened or closed.
The LU Community Service Clearinghouse process requires completion of the Event Information Sheet (PDF)
. The form is brief and can be sent electronically. Submission of this form will allow the event to be posted on the Community Service Calendar. The form should be completed for all group community service events, open or closed.
We encourage all Lindenwood students to take an active approach to learning and serving the community. If you are interested in learning about additional community service events, please complete the Volunteer Information Sheet (PDF)
to be informed about events through your Lionmail account or simply access the Community Service Calendar