Community Engagement & Service-Learning 

Westminster College seeks to develop individuals who choose to lead “lives of success, significance and service.”

Car WashThe Community Engagement and Service-Learning Program provides a powerful way to make classroom and out-of-classroom learning applicable to the real world. An education class, for example, comes alive when the students themselves serve as tutors for disadvantaged youth and begin to see life from a different perspective. English majors learn about autobiographical writing through their collaboration with a senior citizen in the writing of the senior's autobiography that will be shared with their family. Pre-med students begin understanding the complexities of health care in the developing world by conducting health needs assessments in East Africa.

"Connecting the dots" is what service-learning and community-based learning is all about -- this is what the Emerson Center hopes to accomplish by creating hands-on experiences through which students will make a positive difference in their community while learning about themselves, their academic disciplines, and the world they live in.

10,000 Service Hours Goal

We have again set our sights on 10,000 hours of service this school year. How will you serve your local and globaly community this year? How many service hours will you personally pledge to fulfill?

Remember to report your service hours as you go! All current students, faculty and staff members are eligible to report their hours to the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service. Tracking service hours aids in our campus's eligibility for national awards, grants and recognition!


2012-2013 American Red Cross Blood Drives Set

Westminster will again participate in the year long Blood Drive Challenge versus William Woods University.
The campus with the most units of blood collected at the four campus blood drives (based on percent of student body) will hold the title of Blood Drive Challenge champion!
 
Join us on September 20, November 28, January 30 and April 8 to roll up your sleeves and donate blood. One blood donation can affect up to three lives! American Red Cross on the web.

All blood drives are held at the Mueller Student Center from 1pm-7pm. Each campus blood drive is scheduled at least 59 days apart so that blood donors will be eligible to participate in each of the campus blood drives.

Service and Social Justice Related Organizations

Westminster Service Corps

Service Corps is a student organization governed by an Executive Board, that strives to provide volunteer opportunities to the campus community. These projects include large, one-day events like "Into the Streets" as well as ongoing service projects locally.
Student Contact: Mariah Zahnter
Advisor: Hannah Minchow-Proffitt

CIVICUS

CIVICUS is the building block from which the Westminster's Center for Leadership & Service was created.  It is a student-driven program dedicated to developing "leaders of character" through community involvement and educating our campus on social justice issues. 
Student Contact: Abby Stokes
Advisor: Hannah Minchow-Proffitt

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. The Westminster Habitat for Humanity chapter regularly partners with River City Habitat for Humanity on construction projects in Jefferson City. The chapter also offers Alternative Spring Break projects, weatherization projects and home projects in the Fulton area.
Student Contact: Marina DeCastro
Advisor: Hannah Minchow-Proffitt