More than 80 percent of Centre students participate in community service on a regular basis.
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.
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 is so important at Centre that 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.
ALPHA PHI OMEGA
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed service organization that sponsors such activities as Box Sleep-Out, Random Acts of Kindness, and Adopt-A-Highway is a co-ed service organization that sponsors such activities as Box Sleep-Out, Random Acts of Kindness, and Adopt-A-Highway.
ESL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
ESL after-school program is a student initiated and operated after-school program for children of local migrant families who use English as a second language.
Greek organizations at Centre can be found helping in campus events and volunteering in Danville and the surrounding communities.
Grace Cafe is a non-profit, pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to serving delicious, fresh, locally sourced, organic-when-possible, highly nutritious food for everyone in our community regardless of their ability to pay. Students volunteering with the Cafe have duties ranging from managing social media accounts, to planning fundraisers, to busing tables and serving meals.
STAND is a Kentucky student service organization dedicated to direct service and philanthropy work within the local community that focuses their efforts to benefit childhood education.
C.A.R.E. (CENTRE ACTION REACHES EVERYONE)
C.A.R.E. (CENTRE ACTION REACHES EVERYONE) is a student-run organization for Centre’s volunteer and special programs. Here are just a few:
- Alternative Spring Break trips allow students the opportunity to serve a community in need during spring break
- Poverty and Homelessness Week including a food and hygiene products drive, educational programs, as well as the Oxfam Hunger Banquet and Fast
- Trick-or-treating and a Halloween party on campus for children from local service agencies and for the families of faculty and staff
FALL SERVICE PLUNGE
For more than a decade, Centre first-year students have gotten to know each other — and their new community — with a group service project. Previous efforts have included cleaning up Batewood Park; painting projects at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Blue Bird Market, and the Humane Society; building nature trails at Camp Horsin’ Around, and assisting with maintaining the grounds at nearby Shaker Village, America’s largest restored Shaker community. First-year students, along with upperclass students, faculty, and staff, partner with a wide variety of local service agencies to help them meet some short term community goals.