Northwestern students pack boxes at a food pantry as part of their service-learning experience.


A Northwestern education is for your head and your heart. So in addition to theories and ideas from books—and class lectures and discussions with professors—you’ll also have the chance to put what you’re learning into practice through serving God and others. Among the course options each semester are classes specially crafted to include opportunities to learn by serving in the community. For example:

  • ENG 277 Young Adult Literature
    After preparing and practicing "book talk" presentations aimed at high school freshmen, students presented their book talks to ninth graders at a local high school. The high school students were given an opportunity to mark those titles that sounded most interesting, and a list of recommendations was given to the school library as well as the public library in that community.

  • KIN 201 Personal and Community Health 
    Students used the results of health history questionnaires completed by women living at The Bridge transitional housing facility to develop appropriate personal health and fitness suggestions for The Bridge residents. Students also hosted a Celebrate Health event for Bridge families (women and children) at the college's fitness center that included a demonstration of the center's exercise equipment and a pass to use the center free-of-charge.
  • Service-learning partners
  • 2nd Chance Depot
  • Atlas Orange City and Sioux Center
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Bibles for Missions (thrift store)
  • The Bridge (transitional housing)
  • County recycling agencies
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heritage Village (senior care center)
  • Hope Food Pantry
  • Justice for All
  • Landsmeer Retirement Home
  • Love Inc.
  • Melissa's Hope Chest
  • MOC-Floyd Valley schools
  • Orange City Christian School
  • Orange City Public Library
  • Sioux County Conservation
  • Special Olympics
  • Zestos