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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”
– Alan W. Watts

Community Service

To prepare students to be global citizens who are concerned with improving our world, Earlham has long emphasized volunteer service. The humanitarian efforts of many Earlham students, faculty and staff locally, regionally, and beyond, including attention in the Gulf Region in the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina have earned the College a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since its creation.


Each year, Earlham’s students collectively contribute more than 23,000 reported hours (and many more unreported hours) of community service to support important local agencies and needs. The College is among 24 colleges hosting a Bonner Scholars Program that awards 15 first-year students with four-year scholarships for continued participation in community outreach; 60 Bonner Scholars are active during the current year.


The Earlham Volunteer Exchange, started in 1974 by Earlham College students, works to connect students with the broader community. Much of EVE's recent work has focused on its partnership with the Community Blood Center, putting on four campus blood drives a year. EVE also provides a free shuttle every weekday afternoon to transport students to local nonprofits, schools and internship sites in Richmond and Eastern Wayne County.

To find out more about serving in Richmond & Wayne County, stop by the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Career and Community Engagement, 1st floor of the Landrum Bolling Center, next to the elevator.

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Richmond, Indiana
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