Service makes it mark in the Grinnell community through collaboration and dedicated efforts.

Alternative Breaks, a student designed program, is tackling topics from immigration, community education, and the dynamics of poverty and homelessness. During spring semesters, Alternative Breaks host about 40 students participating in a range of community service and impact work.

Along with on-going volunteering, the College commits around 6,000 hours of service through the Service Learning Work-Study program. Open to all students eligible to work on campus, the program aims to professionally develop students while helping build capacity with community in paid positions. Join the Service Learning Work-Study team (login required).

The program seeks partnership with community organizations engaged in capacity building projects. Partners are encouraged to submit a proposal to become a Service Learning Work-Study site in in December. Approved sites will undergo a pilot semester with the program.

The personal and professional service doesn’t end on campus, as Grinnell students seeks ways to continue their service endeavors throughout their career paths. Grinellians take their service and values into the work place whether it be through a direct service year or engaging their work