Community Service

Students working at the community garden

Learning While Serving

At DWU, we encourage everyone to make a difference through service. We also know that great learning experiences can happen when we get out of the classroom to blend learning with service to our community.

Community-based learning is just that – a unique way to learn while helping community organizations with projects or different service needs.


Students volunteering with the Weekend Snack Pack Program.Examples of community-based learning include:

  • Teaching financial literacy to Abbott House residents
  • Psychology research for the Abbott House
  • Helping with the South Dakota Point-in-Time homeless count
  • Partnering with James Valley Community Center
  • Food recovery project at the community garden
  • And more!

Examples of volunteer projects include:

  • The Great Wesleyan Giveback
  • Student clubs helping with the Weekend Snack Pack Program
  • The Math Club teaching computer classes at James Valley Community Center
  • Freshman Food Drive

More info for DWU students.


The McGovern Center helps provide resources for you to teach students in service-learning and community-based research, enhancing course requirements.

More info for DWU staff/faculty

Community Partners

Psychology students present research to the Abbott House staff.We value our community partners – here in Mitchell, across South Dakota and around the world! We have served or partnered with these organizations.

If you have a service opportunity you’d like us to share with students and staff, please fill out this form.

If you represent a community organization and you’d like to partner with DWU, please email Carly Hubers.

We recognize student service winners and community partners each year. The McGovern Center blog has more information about those awards and other current news.