Service Learning Center

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that takes students beyond the classroom and extends their learning into the community in a meaningful and constructive way. Service learning and community service is a core value in the mission of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College because it teaches our students civic responsibility and how to strengthen communities. Students are able to apply what they learn in a classroom in real world situations while also helping the community along the way.

The Service Learning Center is on the second floor of Hulman Hall, room 213. Fall hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 8am-10am, 11am-12pm, and 1pm-3pm. Contact Jamie McCracken for more information at jmccracken(at) or 812-535-5260.

Current Service Projects

Annual service projects include the VITA Program, Operation Wabashiki and Alternative Spring Break. To submit community service opportunities or ideas for new service projects, please contact Jamie McCracken at (812) 535-5360.

VITA Program

SMWC offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to help those with an income of $51,000 and below who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Through VITA, which is a national program through the Internal Revenue Service, certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.

Operation Wabashiki

Each spring, The Woods Sustainability Club at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) makes it their mission to spend a day working to preserve the Wabashiki Wetlands through their initiative, Operation: Wabashiki.

Alternative Spring Break

Each Spring Campus Ministries leads a group of students, staff, and faculty in a charge to make a difference in a community away from home. This past year that community was in New York City. To find out more information about the Alternative spring Break Trip visit Campus Ministries.

Service Learning Forms

Project Summary (Word Document - 59.00 KB)
Volunteer Hour Log (Excel Document - 25.01 KB)