For Students

Why get involved in community service? Because it broadens your perspective, allows you to explore diverse communities, helps you find a career path, and gives you the opportunity to practice the theories you learn in the classroom.


The Appalachian Center for Civic Life offers a range of services for students who want to make a difference, including placement in service sites; service scholarships such as the Bonner Scholarship and Appalachian Center Associates Scholarship; support for student-led service groups; career exploration opportunities; leadership development and training; and summer service opportunities.

Want to see some examples of the great things Emory & Henry students do?  Why not check out Casey and Xavier’s recent summer-long experience in Costa Rica or learn about Emily’s work to restore voting rights to citizens in Virginia.  

See, you can do some pretty amazing things!  Let us help you get started!  Contact  in the Appalachian Center to find out how you can get involved. 


National service organization web sites

  • Campus Compact

    Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students’ citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

  • Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL)

    COOL’s mission is to educate and empower college students to strengthen our nation through community service. COOL helps and inspires students to become active in their own communities.

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America

    The largest mentoring organization in the United States, this organization’s volunteers provide support and advice to youth.

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent, affordable housing.

  • National Institute for Literacy

    The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) is an independent federal organization leading the national effort toward a fully literate nation in the 21st century.

  • National Youth Leadership Council

    The National Youth Leadership Council works to build vital, just communities with young people through service learning.

  • YouthAction

    This national nonprofit organization seeks to involve young people in organizing.

  • Youth Service America

    Youth Service America is a resource center and premier alliance of 200-plus organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans to serve locally, nationally, or globally.