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Service Learning Project Description

The Service Learning Project is a highly successful and meaningful assignment that is embedded in some of our CMUN 10 (Small Group Communication) classes. Our Service Learning Project assignment began in 2001 at Gavilan College, and since its inception groups have raised $61,711 and volunteered thousands of hours to benefit campus and local non-profit organizations. Students enrolled in the Service Learning sections of CMUN 10 learn about group development, leadership, decision-making, and conflict management in groups, and then their learning is put “into action” throughout an 8-week long assignment that benefits the community. Below are some outstanding Service Learning Projects that we would like to highlight:



"Sluggin For A Cause"

From left to right:
Janesse Henke, Chad Badger, Karissa Duran, Erinn Dennehey, Erick Zepeda, Jakob Conlan, David Santellano.

This dynamic group raised $225 and volunteered over 80 hours of their time to benefit the Gilroy Compassion Center. Students sold baked goods and beverages at Gavilan baseball games. The Gilroy Compassion Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to services for homeless individuals in the local area.

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From left to right:
Michelle Alvarez, Silvino Jimenez, Travis Ketchu, Scott Wright, Victoria Smith, Ernesto Rodriguez, Cesar Plascencia

This committed group prepared, created, and facilitated two health and fitness lessons for 5 th graders. Students developed comprehensive lesson plans with activities for the young students and even solicited donations for prizes awarded to students who "ate the healthiest" over the course of a week. Accumulating over 120 volunteer hours devoted to their project, this group was able to communicate the importance of nutrition and exercise to the students at Edenvale Elementary School in San Jose.

"Helping Hands"

From left to right:
Steven Nonnenmacher, Ryan Evanger, Brian Perry, Patrick Southland, Diego Gonzalez

This dedicated group volunteered over 51 hours of their time to tutor middle school students at the Silicon Valley Flex Academy in Morgan Hill. These group members were tutoring middle school students in the subjects of Math, History, English, and Geography. "Helping Hands" group members were praised by the Silicon Valley Flex Faculty for being wonderful tutors.


"Walk Inc."

From left to right:
Johnathon Hamilton, Oscar Montoya, Angelica Magee, Joshua Hernandez, Teresa Ayala, Gerardo Raya

Partnering with the Gavilan Physicians Assistants Club, this motivated group helped organize, fundraise, and work at the "Walk For Health" event to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. Group members volunteered over 80 hours of their time and also solicited raffle prize donations from Baskin Robbins and local wineries. The "Walk For Health" was held on the Gavilan campus.


From left to right:
Francisco Hernandez, Alexandra Alvarez, Steven Marquez, Manuel Meza, Maria Barrios, Ofelia Bedolla

This successful group raised $1,486 and volunteered over 131 hours of their time to benefit the Gilroy Compassion Center. Students sold baked goods at the Gavilan Student Center and also sold goods and items at a yard sale in Morgan Hill. The Gilroy Compassion Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to services for homeless individuals in the local area.

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The Care Bears


The Care Bears: Eric Waszolek, Adriane deSousa, Danielle Torrez, Jennifer Yip,Angela Saguindel and Sayed Hashimi raised $5, 371.19 through a raffle and donation drive that was then matched by a private donor raising their fundraising efforts to a grand total of $10, 742.38 for Heritage Home in San Jose. This is a safe haven for women who find themselves in crises pregnancy. The home houses young women during their pregnancy and then assists them in finding the resources they need to be self-sufficient mothers. The students in this group also collected hundreds of baby items and held a baby shower for the mothers. It was very moving and emotional. The recipients were very grateful and thanked Gavilan College, and the Care Bears for all of the support.



Chamberlain's Superheroes


Operation Frontline: Angelica Rojas, Curtis Lilly, Victoria Tamayo, Celia Hoeft, Manual Bradish and John Hutchinson raised $961.60 through tables set up at Gav Fest and in front of Safeway. They donated the money to the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service for the purchase of 115 calling cards that will be sent to the troops in Iraq. Cumulatively, the group volunteered over 90 hours.

The Sunshine Gang: Elma Mendoza, Dora Trueba, Kim Wright, Margarita Ojeda and Annete Amezcua worked to shed light on sexual assault. The six strong women volunteered over 96 hours raising awareness about sexual assault and child abuse. In conjunction with Community Solutions they participated in Denim day, the March Against Rape, and represented Community Solutions at an informational table at GavFest.

Project P.A.W.: Daniel Remmick, Gina Gozzo, Julie Gozzo, Trish Hunt, Jennifer Morcate, and Mark Alsup raised $286.55 and collected HUNDREDS of items for animials. Their work included the combined efforts of donation drives and individual donations. All was donated to both the San Martin and Hollister animal shleters, as well as donating 90 hours volunteering personal time at the shelters. They walked dogs, took care of kittens, and cleaned. Well Done! Gavilan College is proud of students who give back to their communities.