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Understand, Serve, Learn, Engage, Lead.

At Earlham we know that students are eager to make a real difference in the world around you. You learn from volunteering and forming relationships with your communities as well as from classroom experiences, reading and research. The dialogue between theory and practice is a rich source for learning and for developing practices of critical reflection. Joining with community partners to serve the community where you live also offers a chance to have an impact now on challenges affecting your community. Volunteer service is also a great way to develop relevant knowledge and skills and to build your resume.

Get Connected with Earlham Engage

Earlham Engage is an online platform dedicated to linking the Earlham community with activities and opportunities in Richmond and beyond. We strongly encourage faculty to sign up and browse community partner agencies and posted volunteer needs and community events. As community partners generate research questions and possible class projects, these needs will be posted on Earlham Engage. Using Earlham Engage, students can: discover service opportunities; get to know the community by attending local events; track volunteer hours and generate their volunteer resume.

The Service Learning Module (SLM) allows faculty who are including service learning or community-based research in a course to share the specific volunteer needs that will fulfill their course requirements with the students in the course. Students can respond to needs and log their service hours in the Service learning Module of Earlham Engage.

Visit the Earlham Engage page for more information and to download guides for using the main site as well as the service Learning Module.

Need a Job?

Did you know that some of the same community partners who offer volunteer opportunities also hire student employees who have Federal work study as part of their financial aid package to work for up to 10 hours per week? Positions are available with a variety of nonprofit agencies and schools. Off campus positions are listed in Symplicity as student employment positions and more information is available on the Student Employment page. Because of visa restrictions, off campus student employment is not available to international students with work awards.

Getting There

The Center for Career and Community Engagement operates a shuttle to transport volunteers and Federal work study-supported student employees to community partner sites in Richmond and other nearby locations. The shuttle operates weekday afternoons from 12:30 until 7. Riders are picked up from the CIL lobby, Landrum Bolling Center 1st Floor. For more details and to sign up online for a seat on the shuttle, visit the shuttle page.

Many of our community partners are also within comfortable walking or biking distance from campus.

Bonner Scholars: Earlham’s Service Leaders

The Bonner Scholars Program provides 60 students with high financial need the opportunity to serve the community while receiving a scholarship. The Bonner Scholars Program is a developmental program that includes training, mentoring, reflection and a cohort of like-minded peers along with substantial community service. Bonner Scholars are expected to take on leadership roles related to their service and the Bonner program as well as to make connections between their service, academic pursuits and career plans.

Most Bonner Scholars are chosen during the same time that they are accepted by Earlham. Occasionally, there is an opening for a current Earlham student if someone leaves the program. Students who are financially eligible (those with an expected family contribution of $12,500 or less on the FAFSA) are invited by email to apply. New Bonner scholars always enter the program at the beginning of the semester so students interested in the Bonner program should check their Earlham email regularly during school breaks. New Bonners are not accepted past fall of their junior year as all Bonner scholars are expected to participate in the program for at least two years.

For more information about ways to get involved with and serve the Richmond community and beyond, contact Jana Schroeder, Director of Community Engagement. She is available to help individuals and groups match their passions and skills with the community’s needs.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
—Robert Frost

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