Student Resources

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, promote growth in compassion and critical thinking skills, foster civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Through structured reflection activities, students are given the opportunity to understand what was learned and experienced, and how the community was benefited.

Service learning is a direct expression of the Trocaire mission and an integral component of the curriculum, offering immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies to affect positive change in the community. Courses that integrate service learning equip students with the knowledge and experience necessary to transform them into future leaders and socially-conscious citizens.

Documentation and Forms

All students must review the following documents prior to their placement:

All students must complete and submit to the Office of Service Learning the following forms:

Get Involved

There are a number of on-campus and off-campus volunteer service opportunities that will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. These will be advertised in “What’s Happening,” in the “Stall Street Journal,” and on our video board.

Another convenient way to volunteer is through VolunteerWNY, where you’ll find volunteer opportunities to fit your interests, time, and talents – go to

Service Grants

How would you like to find some money for a special project? Well, now you can! A generous donor, Jean Clohessy, left a bequest to Trocaire College. It has been allocated for community service activities.

Any Trocaire student, club, or employee can apply for the funding. Start to “Pay It Forward!”  Please inquire with the Coordinator of Service Learning.