Service-learning is a method of teaching that combines formal instruction with a related service in the community. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_learning http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_learning
Enriches student learning of course material and "brings books to life and life to books". Engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experience and career choices. Increases awareness of current societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest. Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and enhances critical thinking skills. Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres. Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement. http://www.servicelearning.umn.edu/info/benefits.html http://www.servicelearning.umn.edu/info/benefits.html
The satisfaction that comes from helping others are important reasons to volunteer. When you commit your time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment can be endless.
Service-learning can be a very effective tool for education beyond the classroom. Learning objectives in the community and beyond can produce better results during your course. It also can and improve how students view and react to course content. As you have seen, there are many possible ways do to service learning. There are also many other people that are doing the same thing. Team work is always a plus. There are many resources to help you as you move forward in regards to Service-Learning.