Direct ServiceMust be at least 80% of service hours
- IS HANDS ON - it can take the form of mentoring, counseling, coaching for Special Olympics, planting trees, building houses, feeding the homeless, and many more acts of service!
- IS FACE TO FACE - 51% of direct service must be face to face with the community. No more than 49% may be in the form of administrative service which is needed to coordinate or support the direct service. This can include marketing an event, staff meeting time, doing follow-up calls, writing reports, etc.
- In some cases, if the proposed direct service will be less than 51% face to face, but significantly benefits the mission of the non-profit organization (ex. creation of a web site), the Director of SIS or designee will review the service agreement and make a decision on whether the service qualifies.
What is Not Direct Service?
- Any purely administrative service like a research position, clerical work, student assistant positions
- Any position on campus that does not serve the local community outside of the campus
- Internships with for-profit organizations
- Positions involving activities on our prohibited list.
Member DevelopmentMay be up to 20% of service hours
Must be related to the direct service or future service/professional goals.
SIS encourages members to strive for goals that would help them in developing their ability to better help their community now and/or in the future. Some examples of member development goals include:
- any trainings, readings, reflections, an elective class, symposiums, workshops, In-service, presentations, etc. that will help you in better serving your community
- learning a new language such as Spanish to better serve the Hispanic community
- to take a class in website design so as to help non-profits with their website
- taking a First Aid/ CPR class
- Development, implementation, and/or involvement in peer training
- Teacher education classes that provide added skills/knowledge for direct service activities
- reflecting on your service and providing a great story
- working out/exercising so member can pass the disaster relief worker strength test or firefighter exam
- take an extra coaching class so as to be better prepared to be a coach for Special Olympics
- take an intercultural communication class so as to work more effectively with immigration services
- time spent in workshops at a Service Learning Conference
What is Not Member Development?
Any activity that is not related to your service or future service/professional goals such as running or going to the gym for personal health, doing yoga, dancing, eating right, walking your dog, general reading not related to service goals, or other activity that purely benefits the member personally.