As part of Emory & Henry's mission to integrate education with service and citizenship, the Appalachian Center for Community Service exists to help individuals and student groups with short-term and extended service activities, while establishing service partnerships between the college and local rural communities. The Center is not just about volunteerism; it's about creating positive social change and dealing with root causes of social inequities.
As an integral part of the educational process at Emory & Henry College, the Appalachian Center for Community Service's purpose is to be one of the means by which the College fulfills its mission of joining education with service to this place, the region, and the world. The Center enacts a relational approach to service and education, practicing a place-based model of education and service, joining classroom teaching and learning with places, to bring a range of resources to serve people and places.
Emory & Henry believes that students' lives are enriched by the contributions they make to the lives of others. The Appalachian Center for Community Service strives to ensure that all those interested in serving are able to do so. The Appalachian Center works with professors and staff members to promote service on campus and to encourage students who have never experienced the benefits of service to take up the charge. If you want to serve or would like help in organizing your own service program, feel free to contact the Appalachian Center or click on one of the links below.
The Appalachian Center for Community Service houses the Bonner Scholars Program, the Appalachian Center Associates, the AmeriCorps Program, the Public Policy and Community Service major, and the Emory & Henry Student Tutoring Program. The Center also oversees the Afternoon Academy, an after school program for sixth-grade students, sponsored by Emory & Henry College, Glade Spring Middle School, and the Emory United Methodist Church.
Members of the staff of the Appalachian Center for Community Service work to link faculty, staff and students from Emory & Henry College with communities throughout Southwest Virginia and Central Appalachia. The goal of these professionals is apply the resources and talents of Emory & Henry in service to other places with the hope that the lives and communities of all participants are enriched by these positive, productive interactions.