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Grinnell College and the Grinnell-Newburg Community School District share goals of excellence and opportunity for the children and youth of Grinnell. To this end, a district/college taskforce was convened in spring 2015 to develop recommendations for a more intentional and...
The Grinnell community has no borders. Everything from the curriculum to the day-to-day conversation in the residence halls is open-ended in context and consideration. For those who want to add geographic dimension to that intellectual latitude, the cities of Des Moines and Iowa...
Giving through Payroll Deduction is a great way to make a gift to the organizations that make a difference in Grinnell and our local communities. Purpose The Payroll Deduction Program was formalized in 2006 as a convenience to employees and a courtesy to local area charities. By...
*/ ALL DAY All Hands on Deck 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Faulconer Gallery, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts Exhibit For all ages CultureAll - Inside the World Around Us 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Noyce Science Center, first floor elbow Exhibit For all ages First in the Nation 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Smith Gallery...

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Soprano and researcher Randye Jones, accompanied by pianist Marlys Grimm, will present two free public performances in April: “Interpreting the Negro Spiritual in Classical Vocal Performance,” 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, Lawson Lecture Hall, Bucksbaum Center for the Arts...
Grinnellians in town this summer can grab some free popcorn and enjoy old and new classics at the College’s Movies under the Stars nights. Upcoming movies: Friday, July 18: Animated fantasy-comedy Frozen Friday, Aug. 8: Heartwarming sports drama The Blind Side All movies are...
Local shoppers raised $1,792 for the Grinnell High School library by making purchases at Grinnell College's Pioneer Bookshop in December 2015, an increase of $86 over the amount raised for the library the previous year. "It was evident that our December shoppers were happy to...
  Thirteen Grinnell projects and initiatives will benefit from $34,000 in grant support this year from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program. The mini-grant program is just one of the ways that Grinnell College's Community Enhancement and Engagement office offers to strengthen...
Teacher's aide Monica Bender reads to children at Grinnell Community Daycare and Preschool, which will receive funds to purchase new books for classrooms. A dozen local projects and initiatives will benefit from $31,223 in grant support this year from the Grinnell College Mini-...
We are pleased to announce that Tayler Chicoine ’14 and Ana Novak ’14 are this year’s winners of the Community Engagement Award. The award, in its first year of existence, provides up to $1000 for Grinnell College students to implement creative projects collaboratively...
As part of “Public Writing, Public Libraries,” a project of Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency, poetry written by Purvi Shah will be installed in vinyl film directly onto Burling Library’s front windows on May 11. The winner of the SONY South Asian Social...
Through a grant from the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (ICVS), Grinnell’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading will receive funding to hire a team of 14 AmeriCorps members to work in organizations throughout the community in order to advance the early literacy project. The...
Grinnell Golf and Country Club membership voted in a special meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9, in favor of the College's purchase of the Club. The vote was 107-1. The Club's Board also unanimously approved the sale. Club representatives approached the College about a possible sale late...
Eleven local projects and initiatives will benefit from $34,000 in grant support this year from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program. The mini-grant program is just one of the ways that Grinnell College’s Community Enhancement and Engagement office strengthens community...
Grinnell College is accepting applications for Community Mini-Grants through Friday, Jan. 29. The Community Mini-Grant Program provides catalyst funding for small- to mid-scale projects to help Grinnell become a more attractive place to live, work, and play. Mini-grants — which...
This summer, Grinnell College’s Faulconer Gallery is offering free, hands-on art activities for children and families in various locations on weekday mornings. The Faulconer Arts Outreach in the Parks will give children a choice of activities at each session held in city parks...
Free tickets for the summer merchant matinee series are available at the Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement and the Pioneer Bookshop. Watch a free movie at noon and 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday,  July 5–Aug. 10, at the Strand Theatre.  Admission is by...
An information session about the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, July 20, at the Iowa Transportation Museum, 829 Spring St., Grinnell. The session will provide an opportunity for representatives of interested community organizations to...
The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership today announced the host sites participating in community-wide capacity building and addressing specific Grinnell-area education priorities.   Numerous community organizations applied to become host sites for the service members being selected...
The 2013 Holiday Dinner was a resounding success in generating a contribution of $1,243 and 151.2 pounds of food for the Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA) food pantry in Poweshiek County. A heartfelt thank you goes out to all staff and faculty who donated to this cause. This...
  Apprentices and Community Partners at Work The rising sun shone brightly on the morning of Wednesday, October 6th -- perfect weather for Grinnell’s second annual participation inInternational Walk To School Day. Hailing from 64 different classes in 5 different schools, a total...
Do you ever wonder what college rankings mean for your high school student? Randy Stiles, associate vice president for analytics and institutional research at Grinnell College, will present a free public presentation on “Making Sense of College Rating Systems” at 7 p.m. Thursday...
A dozen local projects and initiatives will benefit from $35,000 in grant support this year from the Grinnell College Mini-Grant Program. Community Enhancement and Engagement supports the College’s mission by helping our hometown become an energetic place to live, work, and...
Grinnell College’s Community Mini-Grant Program was highlighted at a recent Mini-Grant Celebration hosted by the College at the Drake Community Library.   Grant recipients, along with members of the Grant Committee, gathered to hear updates about the projects funded by the...
At the Grant O. Gale Observatory and in parks around town, two members of the College community are making sure that children in Grinnell keep their minds working over the summer. Arts in the Parks You can’t miss Tilly Woodward’s glitter-covered truck, which appears in parks...
*/ Rural sociologist Ben Winchester, who studies positive trends happening under the radar in rural areas, will explore small-town leadership and the rural brain gain in two free public events. Winchester aims to rewrite the rural narrative that focuses on small towns getting...
Grin City Collective Artist & Writers Residency invites families and art lovers from Central Iowa and beyond to its second Rurally Good Festival 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015. Grinnell College is one of the festival’s co-sponsors. “Each year Grin City hosts...
Starting Monday, Aug. 29, the Grinnell Oratorio Society will begin rehearsals for a December performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with a professional orchestra and soloists. The chorus is open to all — Grinnell students, faculty, staff, and community members, and does not require...
This 2013 holiday season, shoppers can help the Grinnell High School library by shopping locally. During December, the Pioneer Bookshop will donate 10% of all sales to the Grinnell High School library. Cassie Wherry, manager of the College Bookstore and Pioneer Bookshop, said...
Working a job or researching a Mentored Advanced Project in Grinnell this summer has an added benefit for Grinnell College students — they’ve discovered city festivals, lakes, and trails to explore. “Grinnell really comes alive in the summer,” says Angela Harrington, president...
Grinnell College's Summerfest is a free, daylong celebration of learning, discovery, and entertainment for curious minds of all ages. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 6, with activities scheduled through 10 p.m. on the College campus. Immerse yourself in the academic,...
Join Grinnell College from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, for Summerfest, a daylong celebration of learning and discovery for curious minds of all ages. Featuring Chicago's Aloft Circus Arts: original stories through movement, dance, and aerial performances. Come early! Enjoy...
Grinnell College would like to thank all who attended the 2016 Grinnell College Summerfest.  Hundreds of visitors of all ages from around Iowa and other states visited the Grinnell College campus on Saturday, June 11, for a daylong celebration of learning and discovery that...
*/ Grinnell College has received a second year of AmeriCorps funding to support the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership's education initiatives, according to a recent announcement by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service. Similar to the first year, the grant of $141,474 will...
Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician, writer, and associate professor of family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, will discuss “Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Room 101. She will...
The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is accepting applications for 14 service member positions during the 2015-16 service year through Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. AmeriCorps service members will begin serving their terms on October 30, 2015. The program provides community service...
New Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership team members will start in late January. In response to community input, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is offering four new part-time positions. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. "Since we launched our...
Whether you’re researching, working, or just enjoying the summer, we encourage you to get off campus and take fullest advantage of all Grinnell has to offer in the summertime.  We hope that this first-ever “Summer in Grinnell” guide will give you lots of ideas.  Let us know if...

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The Office of Community Enhancement and Engagement supports the College’s core mission by helping our hometown to become an even stronger place to live, work, and study.  Serving as a liaison between Grinnell College and the surrounding community, the office administers the...
About the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership Now in its second year, the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell.  By working...