Utah is known for its many citizens doing volunteer service for others. The Snow Service Club wants to maintain that status and offers students voluntary work ranging from tutoring elementary and middle school kids to planting seeds in the community garden.
“Our goal is to have students bring their knowledge from the classroom out in the real world and practice what they have learned in class,” said English Brooks, Faculty Committee on Civic Engagement to Service and Learning (CE & SL). That has been part of Snow College’s mission from the beginning – “to educate students, inspire them to love learning, and lead them to serve others.”
Snow College offers a variety of opportunities for students to serve this mission. The Snow Service Club alone has eight different programs, and 17 service-learning courses are available at Snow as well. By doing voluntary work and projects, students may qualify for a service scholar award, which can increase the opportunities of getting scholarships and jobs in the future.
“CE & SL empowers students to serve and take action in their communities. It helps us thinking outside ourselves whether it’s in communities or the larger world,” said the assistant coordinator, Sadie Egbert. Not only are students helping the community, the people involved in the programs are also loving the voluntary work the students are doing: “It is a great program because it makes things a lot easier” says Maicee Hill and Genesis Cano from eight grade that both have been tutored in math last year by a Snow College student. They explain, “The tutor would sit with you one on one and explain if you did not understand what the teacher said.”
Snow Service started 10 years ago as a program out of the Student Center. It collaborated with local communities with different classes and projects for students. It was not until 2012 that Snow Service got club status, and the students in the club have been doing a lot of work to maintain the community projects.
The content of the programs has been determined by the five pillars, which were discussed with the five closest major universities. The result was having projects in the following categories: education, environment, wellness, social justice, and global outreach.
The president of the club, Jacob Southwick, encourages students to join the club and make a difference for other people because, “It makes you feel good, and you get to see people’s faces that you did voluntary work for.” He adds, “The reason I first joined Snow Service is because service is a huge part of my life, and it makes me feel really good.” The club meets every Tuesday at 3.30p.m. in the Philadelphia Room in the GSC.