Mason Service Corps
"The Mason Service Corps class has been one of my favorite classes at Mason...It is really great to be around other students that just get it." Mason Service Corps participant
Social Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL) has a great opportunity for students with an interest in service and making a difference in the community: Mason Service Corps. This course is offered each semester depending on the number of students.
Students in Mason Service Corps will earn academic credit for their service work in the community. SAIL staff will help identify a service placement for you (we have opportunities such as providing staffing in homeless shelters, working with children in a Head Start program, and working outside doing environmental conservation work). Alternatively, you can find your own placement to fit your interests.
Breakdown of service hours:
1 Credit = 25 hours of service
2 Credits = 70 hours of service
3 Credits = 115 hours of service
Mason Service Corps students will meet as a class INTS 294 on Wednesdays 1:30-2:45, with SAIL Director Patty Mathison where we will discuss issues related to community engagement, creating social change and topics around social justice. Class will be discussion based, with your service work as our "textbook."
To sign up to be in Mason Service Corps, you would need to sign up for INTS 294-002: Mason Service Corps; CRN 21375
Once you are registered, you will be contacted about how to find a service placement that is a fit for you. For more information, contact Patty Mathison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our SAIL Blog
for students' first-hand experience with Mason Service Corps.
Mason Service Corps Program Participants Spring 2014. Their service sites included the Northern Virginia Institute for Mental Health, Bethany House, The Lamb Center, Hospice Care, Lost Dog Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign.
"The biggest thing that I will take away from my second round of Mason Service Corps is hope and faith in humanity’s kindness and our ability to collectively reach solutions to our social issues. Being with like-minded people, and getting to discuss service learning for over an hour each week is the greatest gift, and it is always great to not feel alone in your ways." Mason Service Corps Participant