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Serving Our Community

Earlham College and its students are key contributors to the economic vitality and social good of Richmond, Indiana. The College’s day-to-day operations contribute more than 50 million to the local economy and employ nearly 400 area citizens, making it one of the Top 10 employers in the region. Earlhamites serve dozens of area non-profits, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County, Girls, Inc., and Cope Environmental Center, providing tens of thousands of hours of volunteerism and other community support.

Spotlight On Service — Charles Davis ’18

Charles -DavisCharles Davis ’18 was recently named Volunteer of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County. Davis volunteered at the Club throughout his Earlham education and worked as an intern at its summer camp for two summers. During the school year Davis helped in the gym and in the education room. He also organized and led a weekly poetry group for a year, and he often led the Club’s Passport to Manhood program for pre-teen boys.

“We meet once a week, and this is a space where boys can ask any questions that they don’t feel comfortable about asking others,” he says. “We talk about hygiene, sex education, how to treat women, how to be a respectful father, son, brother, uncle, etc.”

Bonner Scholars

Earlham’s Preeminent Service Program

The Bonner Scholars Program provides service scholarships to students with high financial need, and supports a four-year, developmental program for Bonner Scholars that allows them to serve, learn and reflect. Earlham Bonner students graduate from the program with significant experiences and skills that support extraordinary lives of mission and value.

More Ways to Get Involved

Earlham’s Center for Career and Community Engagement (CCCE) connects students with opportunities to work, volunteer and make Richmond a better place to live.

Paid work-study positions at community agencies are opportunities available to students with Federal work study as part of their financial aid package. In addition to jobs on campus in various offices and departments, students can be hired by several local non-profits to do work similar to what Bonner Scholars do.

The Earlham Community Action Team (ECAT) is a new student-led initiative of the Center for Career and Community Engagement. ECAT will be sponsoring group service opportunities and will also assist non-Bonner students to find volunteer opportunities of interest.

Earlham Engage is an online site that provides information on volunteer opportunities and community events at Earlham’s partner sites.

Alternative break trips sponsored by the Center for Career and Community Engagement and Student Life happen during mid-semester and spring breaks. Groups of students travel to a nearby location to serve and learn for several days.

Earlham courses sometimes include service or community-based research. Paid summer internship opportunities with non-profits are also available to all Earlham students.