Community Outreach Program (COP)

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Since its beginnings, the Community Outreach Program (COP) has involved hundreds of students in volunteer service through agencies and ministries in the Sioux Center area.

College-funded and student-run, COP gives students the opportunity to make more long-term commitments to the organizations and individuals they serve than they are able to with PLIA and AMOR.

Some programs in which COP volunteers have worked include Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Asylum (a Youth for Christ teen center), a domestic violence intervention center, and local residences for people with disabilities.

Some students' COP projects also directly support their classroom learning, as they find volunteer positions that allow them to gain hands-on experience related to their studies. Teacher education students have volunteered at the Kidzone afterschool program at a local church, worked in Head Start programs, daycare centers, or local schools. Social work students have served in a variety of social service agencies, nursing homes, and hospitals.