Commitment to Community
Service can be one of the most gratifying aspects of the college experience, and it plays a big role in the lives of Washington College Students. Whether you prefer working with children, preserving the environment, feeding the hungry, or brightening the lives of the elderly, you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved in the surrounding community.
Why Community Service?
Thursday, April 18 event to raise funds for the local Food Bank will be held at the Garfield Center for the Arts in downtown Chestertown starting at 5 p.m.
Students, faculty, and staff from Washington College traveled to Albany, Americus, and Columbus, Georgia over Spring Break to help build three homes in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and NeighborWorks Columbus.
Washington College students and alumni explain the significance of volunteering for our communities on a personal, local, and global level.
Students, faculty, and staff from Washington College traveled to Columbus, Georgia over Spring Break to help build a home in a partnership with NeighborWorks Columbus and Habitat for Humanity.
The Center for Environment & Society and Friends of Eastern Neck hosted a shoreline cleanup to pick up trash and debris that accumulated over the winter months
People get involved in community work for a variety of reasons—to explore various social issues, as a class requirement, to gain professional experience, or to experience Chestertown beyond the campus grounds. The connections and relationships that emerge through community work differ based on each individual’s time commitment, interests, and experience.
Questions when seeking community service projects
- What are your motivations?
- What do you hope to gain from this experience?
- What do you have to offer?
- What do you hope to achieve?
- Are there particular social issues that you would like to address?
- Are there particular kinds of people, age groups or communities you would like to work with?
- How much do you already know about the issue or constituency?
- Is there a need to learn more before acting?
- Would you like to continue a past interest or pursue new experiences?
- Are you interested in direct work with people, or would you rather do administrative, research, or policy work?
- How can you connect your community experiences with your academic and professional goals?
- What kind of work would challenge you the most?
- How much time do you realistically have?
Where can I volunteer?
Check out the Service Opportunities to see local and national service opportunities. To get invovled on campus, check out Campus Service Groups!
If you have questions please contact Sophie Gassman ’13, email@example.com, Secretary of Service for the SGA or Beth Anne Langell, firstname.lastname@example.org, the Director of Student Development Programs.