The Residence is a living and learning environment in which residents come together as a community to grow as servant leaders and gain greater social awareness. Students get the chance to go beyond traditional volunteer roles in this program. They will get the chance to foster critical thinking, have hands-on learning experiences that will compliment that classroom work, and gain a life-long skill that they can take with them after graduation.

The primary goal of the Residence Service Projects is to work as a group to identify and meet a need in the community. The service projects must be developed with the intention that all members of the group participate in the planning and implementation of programs and events. In addition, each member must be committed to serving a community partner. The projects begin at the start of Fall Term and continue for the entire academic year.


Application Deadline for 2024-25: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024

As members of a Residence Service Project group, members agree to serve their community partner to the best of their ability. Members will uphold the values of Wartburg College, as their presence at these community partner locations directly reflects back on the college. Members agree to complete assigned service hours each month. Members agree to complete the service-learning reflection questions and meetings. Members agree to communicate with the Director of Community Engagement as well as our community partner supervisor. Group members must complete the application as a group. By completing the application everyone within the group understands the expectations of the service projects.

Group Presentations

Presentations Dates: Feb. 19-23, 2024
A sign-up will be distributed via email to suite representatives.

Each group must prepare a presentation for the selection committee.  Additional details about the group presentations are available below.

Groups should be prepared to answer questions from the committee about their presentation and their proposal. Groups should be prepared with a visual presentation that they will share using screen share. All group members must be present.  Presentations should include answers to the following questions: 

  • What organization will you be working with?  
  • Why did you pick to work with this organization? 
  • How will each member serve for six to ten hours each month? 
  • Does your group have a rough schedule of volunteer times? 
  • Bartels Retirement Community
  • Bremwood (Lutheran Services in Iowa)
  • Cedar Bend Humane Society
  • Friends of the Family
  • City of Waverly Recycling Center
  • House of Hope
  • North Star Community Serivces
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • Retrieving Freedom
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Saint Paul’s Lutheran School
  • The Larrabee Center
  • The City of Waverly
  • The Meadows Assisted Living Center
  • The Northeast Iowa Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Waverly Health Center
  • Waverly Senior Center
  • Waverly-Shell Rock Schools


  • Groups need to select one group representative to submit the application and serve as the main contact between the suite, community partners, and the Student Life Office.  
  • Suites are responsible for filling all eight beds within the suite.  
  • If someone leaves the group, it is the responsibility of the group members to fill that space with someone else.  
  • Residential Life reserves the right to place any students into the open spaces within suites.  

Note: If a group does not have eight members, the group will still be allowed to apply. However, priority in the selection process will go to full suites.  

Service Hours 

  • Individual group members each spend 6-10 hours each month serving with a community partner. 
  • Individual group members will log their own hours through the online submission form.  
  • Individual group members will arrive to their volunteer location on time and will remain at their service location for their scheduled service hours.  
  • Individual group members will communicate with their community partner supervisor about when they can serve, if there are issues with their schedule, or if they need to make up hours during the month. 
  • Individual group members will communicate with the Director of Community Engagement if they are having issues getting enough hours from their community partner.  

Note: The suite representative should take the lead on communication with the community partner.

Community Partner Supervisor 

  • Each group needs to have a community partner supervisor.  This person is someone at the organization you are serving with that supervises your progress and will sign off on your volunteer hours.   
  • The community partner supervisor will be in close contact with the Director of Community Engagement to verify individual group members are serving the organization well and fulfilling their service hour requirements.  

Reflection Questions & Meetings 

  • Each group is responsible for sending, at least, one member of the group to mid-semester meetings with the Director of Community Engagement and the Director of Residential Life. 
  • Individual group members will be responsible for complete mid-semester evaluations, sent out at the time of the meetings.  

Service-Learning Project Contacts

Nancy Lopes

Area Coordinator - Ubuntu Center

Kristin Teig Torres

Director of Student Leadership, Service, and Engagement