Students working for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities

SERVE at Johnson State College offers thoughtfully organized direct-service opportunities that address specific social issues and community needs.


The mission of SERVE is to provide quality service learning opportunities, promote student leadership development, and advance the mission of Johnson State College, while supporting partnerships between the college and the local communities.

We believe that service learning promotes lifelong active citizenship, where community becomes a priority in values and life choices.

Local, National and International Service


SERVE Local offers a variety of local service opportunities for students, staff and faculty every Friday throughout the academic year. Volunteers meet beforehand to learn about a social issue and travel throughout Lamoille County to provide direct service for community organizations. Afterward, members reflect and celebrate the experience. This is a great way to get involved, meet other students, and get to know the greater community. Learn more here

Break Away

Break Away, the alternative spring break program, gives students the chance to engage in local, national and international community service projects. Johnson State College was a founding chapter of the Break Away program (which currently has a network of over 100 chapter schools), and since 1991, SERVE Program has sponsored 110 Break Away trips with 1085 participants.

The DREAM Program is a non-profit mentoring organization that builds communities of college students and children living in subsidized housing. JSC students are paired with children from Johnson Elementary School, who spend one to two hours on campus after school. Mentors meet weekly to

plan activities and participate in training.


America Reads

America Reads is a nationwide literacy project aimed at teaching the majority of children to read well and independently by the end of third grade. This work-study program partners with Cambridge Elementary School and matches JSC students with elementary students for fun with reading.

Laraway Homework Club
This partnership connects Laraway Youth and Family Services youth with JSC student volunteers. In a weekly after-school program, Laraway students come to campus for homework help and positive social interaction.

Discovery Program

In a partnership with Lamoille Middle School, JSC students are paired with middle schoolers who are part of a unique, hands-on learning program. The program is individualized; mentors work with middle schoolers to decide on activities that will most benefit them.

Blood Drives
JSC hosts one of Vermont's largest blood drives twice a year in the SHAPE multi-gym. Students volunteer to keep the drive running as smoothly as possible and participate in strong numbers to donate blood. The October 2012 blood drive produced 138 units of blood to help local blood banks.

Thanksgiving Basket Project

The JSC community partner with the Johnson Food Shelf to gather food and donations to make up Thanksgiving baskets for the needy.

Drop & Swap
This free community event hosted by JSC connects students and the community starts with the idea that one person's junk is another person's treasure. Area residents drop off their clean, used clothing on campus, where teams of volunteers sort them on various tables. The next day, anyone can come and take items that they need, for free. Leftover items are donated to various local organizations, as well as Pamorama Service Expeditions, JSC's partner for the Clean Water Solutions Break away trip.

Get Involved!

Please contact us to learn more about our leadership, work-study and volunteer opportunities. We also encourage you to meet with student coordinators, graduate assistants, community volunteers and our director.

The SERVE Office is located in the Stearns Student Center in Room 408.

Phone: 802-635-1287

Office Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.