Community Service


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The mission of Centre College is to prepare students for lives of learning, leadership, and service in a global society. For students at Centre, service is not just a one-time activity – it’s a way of life – an opportunity for the life-long integration of learning and community engagement.

The Community Service Office is the connection to service opportunities on campus, in the local area, and across the world. Over 85 percent of Centre students volunteer on a regular basis, experiencing the joy of creating positive change in our community. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Anyone can be great, because anyone can serve.”

Community Service Opportunities

The Bonner Program

The Bonner Program at Centre College is a network of 60 students on campus (and thousands nationwide) dedicated to alleviating poverty and improving education through active community service and civic engagement.



Community Partners

Community and public service provide students with the opportunity to thoughtfully recognize, analyze, and address local social and community needs in collaboration with Community Partners. Please use the resources on the Community Partners webpage to connect to local service opportunities. If you are interested in starting a service project of your own, please contact Matthew Klooster, director of community service and the Bonner Program at Centre to get started!




Centre Action Reaches Everyone (C.A.R.E.). If you are interested in making a positive difference in the community, C.A.R.E. is your first step to doing just that! C.A.R.E. events and activities are facilitated by a dedicated group of Centre students who make up the C.A.R.E. Leadership Team. These individuals take on the important responsibility of creating opportunities for all Centre students to volunteer and make a difference through service to our community.



Poverty and Homelessness Week

National Poverty and Homelessness Week occurs annually the week before Thanksgiving, and is a time for Americans to give back as they celebrate abundance and blessings in their lives. Centre College recognizes this week each year and sponsors events on campus and in the local community to raise awareness about poverty and empower students to engage in solutions.



More about Community Service at Centre

Community service is important at Centre, and it starts during orientation week with the Fall Service Plunge. This event introduces students to the joy of serving others and makes a significant difference for people in the local community. Print the flyer below to learn more.

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