Service Opportunities

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.

community service is a part of Centre College students lives

Experiencing the joy of creating positive change in our community

Over 85 percent of Centre students volunteer on a regular basis 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

Community Service

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.

Bonners are matched with nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies that align with their interests in social issues, and intern 10 hours a week at one of those organizations throughout their four years.

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.

Service Opportunities

English Second Language (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.

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.

Other Greek organizations at Centre can be found helping in campus events and volunteering in Danville and the surrounding communities.

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.

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

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.

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