Volunteer and Leadership Opportunities
While our campus is set atop a beautiful hilltop, our community of students, staff and faculty is deeply engaged with and connected to our surrounding towns and region. Service, leadership and engaged citizenship are highly regarded at JSC, and as a student here, you’ll be encouraged to take and create opportunities to grow as a leader and community member.
SERVE is the center of community engagement and service at JSC and provides thoughtfully organized direct-service opportunities that address specific social issues and community needs. We believe that service learning promotes lifelong active citizenship, where community becomes a priority in values and life choices.
SERVE coordinates multiple programs on campus, providing long-and-short-terms opportunities for every student to get engaged and give back to the community.
SERVE Local offers a variety of local service opportunities for students, staff and faculty every week 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.
Each Wednesday, volunteers from JSC and other community partners serve a free lunch for community members in the town of Johnson. A local church donates the space and kitchen, while members of the college and town community work at the meal while building strong connections with neighbors.
Badger Alternative Breaks
Badger Alternative Breaks, the alternative break program, gives students the chance to engage in local, national and international community service projects during fall and spring breaks. Johnson State College was a founding chapter of the national organization Break Away in 1991 and has sponsored more than 120 alternative-break trips involving 2,000-plus participants since.
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 each week. Mentors meet weekly to plan activities and participate in training.
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.
American Red Cross 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. Our 2014-15 blood drives collected over 200 pints of blood for local blood banks!
Thanksgiving Basket Project
The JSC community partners with JSC Dining Services and the Johnson Food Shelf to fund-raise and assemble Thanksgiving meals for local families in need. In 2015, 72 baskets plus a monetary gift with the money raised beyond the goal were donated to the Food Shelf.
Drop & Swap
This free community event hosted by JSC connects students and the community and 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. The next day, anyone can come and take items that they need, for free.
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.
Location: The SERVE Office is located in the Stearns Student Center in Room 408.
Office Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.