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CALL and the Center for Service-Learning

The Community Action and Lifelong Learning program connects UW-Eau Claire students with volunteer service opportunities in the community. The CALL program was established in 1974 upon the principles of service and learning through community involvement and volunteerism.

In 1995, UW-Eau Claire identified service-learning as an essential component of a comprehensive baccalaureate degree. The Center for Service-Learning was established to develop and implement this new requirement for graduation. While CALL and Service-Learning share similar missions and resources, they are stand-alone, independent programs. Although volunteer activities through the CALL program may be adapted into a service-learning project, students completing activities through CALL do not automatically fulfill the service-learning requirement.  What follows is an explanation contrasting Service-Learning with the CALL program.

Benita Wagner
Center for Service-Learning 
Human Sciences & Services 205
phone  715-836-4649
Katy Rand
Activities, Involvement and Leadership
Davies Center 222
phone  715-836-4803
PROGRAM GOALS Assist students in meeting an academic requirement for graduation Match students, faculty/staff and community volunteers with community needs
ACADEMIC CREDIT Non-credit or credit (associated with an academic class) activity Non-credit activity
Faculty/Staff Sponsor
Community Partner (Agency)
TYPE OF SERVICE Assist students, faculty/staff and community partners with developing community service projects that meet identified community needs and make meaningful contributions to student learning. Any type of volunteer service for non-profit agencies
PLANNING Student initiates contact with Community Partner, then develops a project description in consultation with Faculty/Staff Sponsor and Community Partner Student contacts Agency personally, but can receive assistance on finding a specific opportunity if desired
LENGTH OF SERVICE Minimum of one 30-hour project or two 15-hour projects Varied hours of service, from one-time projects to one-year commitment
REFLECTION Student meets with faculty/staff sponsor to process learning objectives Completed at the Agency’s discretion
Community Partner completes evaluation of student and project Completed at the Agency’s discretion
COMPENSATION Volunteer or compensated Volunteer