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Service-Learning resources are available at the Agapé Center and at Murray Library. These sources can be found by visiting the Murray Library website. Directions for how to search for service-learning materials through the library website are included below, as are suggested research articles published by Messiah College faculty, and related web resources.

Murray Library entrance.Finding materials on the Murray Library Website:

  • To locate books in the Agapé Center library:
    • In the library catalog, click on the Advanced tab
    • Under the locations menu, select Agapé Center
    • Type in "service learning" under keyword search
  • To locate books in Murray Library:
    • In the library catalog, type "service learning" in the keyword search


Service learning in Computer Sciences book cover.A book by Brian Nejmeh:


Service-learning has provided me the framework for integrating my faith into my discipline. The idea that student and faculty computer scientists can be involved in experiential learning in the form of engaging in projects of significance to our local and global community partners has been life-changing for me and my students. I thank the Agape Center and the Collaboratory for helping me see the significance of the service-leaning model.

Brian Nejmeh

Web Related Resources

101 Ideas of Combining Service and Learning, FIU

Offers practical and potential examples of community service projects faculty can combine with their current academic curriculum in various disciplines to create viable service-learning programs.

Michigan Journal of Service-Learning

A bi-annual publication produced by the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning at the University of Michigan that contains articles on various service-learning issues.

American Association for Higher Education (AAHE)

An individual membership organization committed to promoting changes in higher education through activities, publications, partnerships, and conferences.

National Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 860 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

Association for Experiential Education

The association's mission is to develop and promote experiential education through the support of professional development, theoretical advancement, and evaluation of experiential education worldwide.

National Society for Experimental Education

A membership association committed to all forms of experiential education, offering an annual conference, publications and research information, and opportunities to network with colleagues worldwide.

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service connects Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation through voluntary service. More than 2 million Americans serve their fellow citizens each year through the Corporation's three main programs: AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America. In partnership with nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and other public agencies, participants in these programs tutor children, build and renovate homes, provide immunizations and health screenings, clean up and preserve the environment, serve on neighborhood crime-prevention patrols, and respond to disasters.

Pennsylvania Campus Compact

In order for students to best understand complex social issues and their resolutions, they must have opportunities where they can examine the intricacies of those social issues. The Pennsylvania Campus Compact's purpose is to support college and university efforts to develop these opportunities for students to learn.

Foundations for Long Term Care

This organization has completed a series of free on-line educational modules on the concept of  Intergenerational Service Learning, which can be helpful for promoting civic engagement for elders.

Research and Scholarship on International Service-Learning

The Center for Service-Learning Research Collaborative (CSLRC) collects research and scholarship on international service-learning with a special focus on American college students engaging in service-learning abroad.  The CSLRC is in the process of publishing a series on international service-learning. 

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) invites you to join in conversation with fellow researchers and practitioner-scholars through our second annual conference Proceedings. The Proceedings is an online, interactive publication that provides summaries and references for the over 175 sessions to be facilitated by scholars from around the world at the 12th annual conference this fall (Sep. 23 – 25th, Baltimore, MD). It is intended to increase the public visibility of research related to service-learning and community engagement and to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and practitioner-scholars.

Service Learning Clearinghouse Project

The Clearinghouse is a part of the Higher Education Research Institute in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. This site is designed to provide resources, tips and links to other sites that offer information on service-learning in higher education.

International Partnership for Service-Learning

An organization that offers students the opportunity to participate in programs that combine an academic study curriculum with international community service.

Service-Learning Home on the Web

This site offers a guide to service-learning on the web. The main parts of the site are: a Guide to College and University Service-Learning Programs, Courses and Syllabi; Service-Learning Discussion Group archives; a Guide to Service-Learning Organizations, Networks, Venues and Resources; and an online library of Service-Learning Syllabi (by discipline).

Learn & Serve America

Part of the Corporation for National Service, this site offers information on service-learning programs, leader schools, research materials, and resources.

IFYC (Interfaith Youth Core)

IFYC provides content - including downloadable PDFs, videos, webinars, and podcasts - to support your interfaith work. These draw from our work on campus, featuring insights from institutions around the country. Browse our library to find useful resources.

Together for tomorrow logo.

Together for Tomorrow

In 2012, The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced Together for Tomorrow, a new initiative to spotlight existing and spur new community engagement in turning around persistently low-performing schools. Messiah College was one of 31 organizations honored as a winner of the "Together for Tomorrow" initiative. Our local initiate is a collaboration between Messiah College and Downey Elementary School.

Find out about "Together for Tomorrow" here.

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