Service Learning Projects

The Anti-Cruelty Society offers a wide range of Service Learning projects that are ideal for students in need of service learning hours, scout troops looking to earn a badge, or teachers in search of a classroom project. Each different project is worth a specific amount of hours, but you can mix and match to suit your needs.

The Society cannot provide supplies, but several projects can be completed using recycled materials from your home. Each individual student is also required to turn in a one-page reflection essay detailing his or her reasons for choosing the project, their experiences in completing it, and what they learned about themselves and helping animals.

Once you have completed your project, you will turn it in and receive your hours by attending one of our Teen Drop-In days. See below for more information and a list of upcoming dates. We will not be accepting individual Service Learning appointments during the school year.

DIY Donations

Please be sure to check with your school to make sure these projects meet your school’s requirements for service learning credit.

All of the animals in our shelter need behavioral enrichment items to keep them stimulated, occupied, and happy during their time at The Anti-Cruelty Society. You can make these “do-it-yourself” items out of recycled materials from the comfort of your own home. Each item has been assigned a time value, so you will need to do a little math to calculate how many items you will need to meet your service hour requirements.

Cat Wands (20 minutes each)
Cork Toys (1 hour for 8 toys)
Kitty Sachets (15 minutes each)
Dog Tug Toys (30 minutes each)
No-Sew Beds (1 hour each)

Projects Worth 10 Service Hours

Please be sure to check with your school to make sure the project you choose meets your school’s requirements for service learning credit.

These service projects are great for students needing a small number of hours. They don’t take much time, but they can make a HUGE impact on The Anti-Cruelty Society and our animals!

Students can earn a variety of badges from Chicago City of Learning by successfully completing certain service learning projects through our organization. To see details of the badge for hosting a fundraiser or bake sale, click here.

Projects Worth 20 Service Hours

Please be sure to check with your school to make sure the project you choose meets your school’s requirements for service learning credit.

Put in the work to become an animal welfare advocate.

Teen Drop-In Days

All of our Teen Drop-In days are hosted in our Education & Training Center, which is located at 169 W. Grand Avenue. These sessions run for two hours after school from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., and you can show up any time during that block to drop off your projects. Please remember to also bring your reflection essay and any paperwork that you need signed for your school.

Below is a complete list of all of our scheduled Teen Drop-In days for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Wednesday, May 24
  • Wednesday, June 14

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