The Center for Service, Spirituality, and Social Justice (CS3) challenges students to Reflect, Lead, Connect, and Serve through these main program areas: 
 
FY Service Day

First-year students engage in service during orientation.

Montgomery Service Leaders - Montgomery Service Leaders are students committed to making significant contributions as members of the Dickinson College and Carlisle communities. John Montgomery was one of the three college founders and a strong advocate for the connection between college and community. Today, students live out this vision through the three hallmarks of in-depth community service, leadership and awareness and academic connections in a program for Federal Work Study students.

CommServ - CommServ is a network of student groups that reaches into the local community to meet a variety of needs on a regular basis. These groups build and maintain strong community partnerships through sustained interactions over several years. The coordinators of each student group meet weekly for reflection, training and leadership development as they seek to understand the complexity of community needs and services. The mentors meet regularly with their coordinators and serve weekly through their community partners. 

Justice Is Served - Justice Is Served is a new program that seeks to provide both single day community service projects and education about larger social justice issues. It is shaped by a number of student coordinators who explore issues that they find important and create events and programs open to the entire college community.

Service Trips - Service trips immerse students and staff in communities throughout the US and abroad to see the needs of new communities without imposing our ideas and methods on others. Students confront underlying societal needs by asking questions and seeking connections locally, within Carlisle, and from their hometowns. Before, during and after service trips students engage in intentional reflection to clarify values, seek connection to academic work and enhance their identities as engaged citizens.

2015-16 Color Rush

Each year, students fundraise for their service trips by holding a Color Rush 5K.

Successful community engagement, from volunteering to internships to class work, can only be done through community partners that are willing to engage students.  Within the larger Carlisle area, the office regularly has contact with over 25 community partners. Involvement occurs through weekly programs, special projects, and monthly Roundtable Meetings where community needs and events are shared.  The success of Dickinson's ability to work beside and within the Carlisle community occurs because of our Community Partners.
 

Why participate in service? What do you gain from giving so much time? Student leaders in the community service programs are asked to reflect upon their classwork, volunteer service, and personal experiences. To see some of the connections students are making, check out our Community Service Blog. Also, visit us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

In reflection each year, a Year In Review newsletter is sent to all our community partners showcasing what the office did the previous year. To learn more about previous activities and growth in the office, see the 2015-16 CS3 Year In Review.

To see an overview of all community service programs listed above, see the 2016-17 CS3 Brochure.