Community Outreach Program (COP)
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. About 75 students served others through COP last year alone.
Some programs in which COP volunteers have worked include PALS (a big brother/big sister outreach), a substance abuse center, a domestic violence intervention center, and local residences for people with disabilities.
For some students their 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.