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SERVICE LEARNING AT WILLIAMS

Weekly Service Opportunities

A few hours of volunteer service a week could bring years of benefits to you and the people you serve. Extend your education beyond the classroom by participating in service learning at Williams.

The volunteer opportunities listed here offer manageable commitments of 1-3 hours a week for a semester or academic year. These opportunities are called service learning because even though you may get involved just to help people, you are likely to find yourself learning from them as well.

Students involved in service report that it has a transforming effect on their lives. Your experience can enrich your spiritual life or serve you well as you seek a career. You can develop strong working relationships, gain valuable personal and professional skills, and become aware of the rewards and challenges of working in a particular field or with a particular population.

If you are willing to serve, want to know more, or do not see an opportunity listed below that fits your interest, please contact Dr. Steve Harthorn at 870-759-4152, or come by Maddox Center, room 109.

Lunch Buddy

Take a break from college life to eat lunch with an elementary student once a week. Provide support and fun company to a child who would appreciate your encouragement.

Community Partner: Walnut Ridge Schools
Walnut Ridge Elementary and Middle Schools seek to educate children in grades K-8 in a caring environment.

  • Daytime (late morning) hours available.
  • Transportation required (carpooling may be possible).
  • Location: Walnut Ridge (6.2 miles from campus).

Children's Shelter Volunteer

Provide care and attention to children who are residing at the Children's Shelter. Play games, read books, teach art or music, do crafts or puzzles, and have fun.

Community Partner: The Children's Shelter of Lawrence County
The Children's Shelter of Lawrence County provides temporary residential care in a safe, caring environment to children ages 0-18 who are victims of family violence, neglect, or abuse.

  • Daytime and evening hours available.
  • Transportation required. Location: Walnut Ridge (6.2 miles from campus).
  • Must be at least 19 years of age. Application, references, and background check required.

Children's Shelter Tutor

Provide much-needed support to displaced children by helping them succeed in their elementary, middle-school, or high-school learning.

Community Partner: The Children's Shelter of Lawrence County
The Children's Shelter of Lawrence County provides temporary residential care in a safe, caring environment to children ages 0-18 who are victims of family violence, neglect, or abuse.

  • Afternoon and some evening hours available.
  • Transportation required. Location: Walnut Ridge (6.2 miles from campus).
  • Must be at least 19 years of age. Application, references, and background check required.

Hospital Volunteer

Gain insight into healthcare professions as you assist hospital staff with a variety of activities. Assist in the dietary department, radiology unit, or offices; visit patients in the hospital's swing-bed unit; or help transport patients in wheelchairs around the hospital.

Community Partner: Lawrence Health Services
Lawrence Health Services operates a local hospital in Walnut Ridge that offers a variety of medical services in a personalized environment.

  • Daytime and evening hours available.
  • Transportation required. Location: Walnut Ridge (6.2 miles from campus).
  • Tuberculosis screening required.

Nursing Center Volunteer

Spend time with nursing center residents, visiting with them or participating in games, art, music, social activities, or events. Or, assist nursing staff with a variety of services and learn what is involved in providing long-term nursing care.

Community Partners: Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Lawrence Hall Nursing Center and Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provide skilled, personalized nursing care to patients young and old who need health supervision and daily attention, but not the full services of a hospital.

  • Daytime and evening hours available.
  • Transportation required. Location: Walnut Ridge (6.2 miles from campus).
  • Tuberculosis screening required.

Hospice Volunteer

Take part in bringing comfort to terminally ill patients. Help assemble or deliver care packages, or assist the office staff with coordination. Visit patients and their families to encourage them during difficult times.

Community Partner: Legacy Hospice
Legacy Hospice provides end-of-life home care to terminally ill patients to help meet their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of their families.

  • Daytime and evening hours available.
  • Transportation required. Location: Walnut Ridge.
  • Orientation required.

Museum Exhibit Researcher/Designer

Research artifacts from the World War II era, discover their significance, and learn about their historical contexts. Prepare interpretive material and assemble visually appealing exhibits for display.

Community Partner: Wings of Honor Museum
The Wings of Honor Museum preserves the military heritage of the Walnut Ridge airport since its founding in World War II as the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School.

  • Daytime hours available.
  • No transportation required-within walking distance from campus (0.4 miles).

Museum Records Researcher

Gather information about the fates of people who trained and served at Walnut Ridge Army Flying School during World War II. Research obituaries, news articles, and other sources of information to uncover their stories.

Community Partner: Wings of Honor Museum
The Wings of Honor Museum preserves the military heritage of the Walnut Ridge airport since its founding in World War II as the Walnut Ridge Army Flying School.

  • Daytime hours available.
  • No transportation required-within walking distance from campus (0.4 miles).

Archive Assistant

Become familiar with the workings of an active archive as you assist staff or visitors.  Learn about how historical documents are preserved and what can be learned through the study of them.

Community Partner: Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is a resource center for historical research, dedicated to the purpose of collecting and preserving primary source materials that bring together the unique history, culture, and heritage of northeast Arkansas.

  • Daytime hours available.
  • Transportation required.  Location: Powhatan (15.9 miles from campus).