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The benefits of becoming a volunteer extend way beyond your assignment. Not only does volunteering lead to good feelings, well-being and better overall life satisfaction, you quickly learn you can make a difference in the world around you and gain skills that you wouldn't ordinarily have the opportunity to obtain through jobs and classes. Employers look for volunteering on resumes too!

Participate in SERVE

Students Educationally Receiving Volunteer Experience (SERVE) is a free credit class (GSD 150) where students volunteer at an approved agency in exchange for college credit. Students may choose where to volunteer. If they are currently volunteering, they can receive credit too. SERVE is flexible with scheduling as hours and days are determined by participants and their agency supervisor. Get details»


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Contact Student Life
Bldg B, Room B173, Main Campus

Credit hour options:

  1. One (1) credit for 64 hours of volunteering during the semester
  2. One-half (.5) credit for 32 hours of volunteering during the semester.

Class requirements:

  1. Document the number of hours that satisfy the credit hour you seek
  2. Complete a 500-word essay on your experiences with your volunteer agency
  3. Complete all necessary forms within the program

Getting Started: Stop by the Student Life Office to pick up a packet about the SERVE Program, call Dr. Katie Storey at 847-214-7659 or email

Spartan Food Pantry

We strive to help all ECC students in need of food and supplies. The Spartan Food Pantry is always looking for some extra help throughout the year. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at for more information. Get details»

Volunteer at the Arts Center

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. Day and evening hours are available. Get details»

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