The Civic Engagement Council is an umbrella organization for more than 20 student-led service organizations. The CEC executive board supports the work of the groups in addition to offering campus-wide events, including the Justice Dialogues series and programming during National Volunteer Week.
If you or your group would like to collaborate with the Council or if you would like to be put in touch with one of the student groups, please contact the CEC advisor, Kristin Booher, who works in the Center for Civic Engagement.
Groups within the Civic Engagement Council in 2013-2014 are:
The mission of Access2Success is "to support underprivileged youth through athletic, educational and spiritual programs to help them develop the personal skills and traits necessary to reach their goals and grow as individuals of sound character and reputation." A2S works year-round to fully fund and support the Gospel Ministries Bible Church and free school in Benin City, Nigeria, the hometown of A2S founder and former Davidson basketball player Andrew Lovedale, ‘09. These efforts include fundraising, an annual shoe drive Kicks from ‘Cats, and the annual Andrew Lovedale 5K Charity race.
Volunteers are paired with senior citizens in the Davidson community. They sponsor monthly programs that facilitate relationship between Davidson students and senior citizens in the Davidson community.
Volunteers participate in student-led service trips over the fall and spring breaks. In cooperation with service partners throughout the Southeast, students work on and learn about issues related to the environment, prison reform, homelessness, affordable housing, and sustainability.
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights. The Davidson Chapter of AI is a group committed to educating the campus and raising awareness on human rights violations around the world through newsletters, discussion group meetings, speakers and petition signing.
Volunteers are paired one-on-one with physically and/or developmentally challenged youth to take lessons in a variety of recreational activities, such as soccer and dance. B.E.S.T. sessions take place once a week for about an hour.
The Buddy System is an organization devoted to working with children with special needs. We seek to help children with special needs by interacting with them in structured activities. We hope to provide these children with a positive young adult influence that will help them for years to come. We also hope to raise awareness about special-needs related issues amongst the student body. Here's a quick video made for/about us by our community partner.
The mission of Building Tomorrow is trifold: (1) To educate the Davidson College community and the surrounding community of the town of Davidson regarding issues relating to vulnerable youth in Uganda. (2) To raise funds to build a primary school for children in Uganda. (3) To build lasting relationships between the Davidson College community and the Uganda community where the Building Tomorrow Academy Sponsored by Davidson College will be built. Learn more about the work that we do.
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) focuses on cancer prevention, education and advocacy work. The Davidson chapter of CAC is affiliated with a nationwide collaboration of students dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. Colleges Against Cancer plans and executes Relay For Life, a large-scale fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
Volunteers assist with pharmacy and translating needs. The clinic provides free healthcare services for uninsured adults in and around the Concord area. Dinner is provided for volunteers.
This organization aims to connect Davidson Students to homeless neighbors at Charlotte's Urban Ministry Center through a variety of avenues: from relationships, to advocacy, to addressing physical and emotional needs. Davidson students accomplish this by regularly volunteering at the center, hosting events on campus to bring together the Davidson student body and homeless neighbors, and by participating in the Room In the Inn program (RITI). RITI hosts 12 homeless neighbors from Charlotte every Friday night from January to March.
In conjunction with other local Habitat chapters, the Davidson College Chapter participates in local building opportunities, raising awareness about and advocating for housing issues, and fundraising to build more houses both locally and globally. No building experience necessary!
As part of an international movement, the Davidson chapter of Half the Sky strives to raise awareness of women's oppression. Women's issues such as economic limitations, maternal health, education, gender-based violence, forced prostitution, and sex trafficking are both discussed in meetings/forums and addressed via fundraising events. In this way, Half the Sky works to bring both advocacy and activism to campus.
(Hands Around Mecklenburg/Mooresville Making Emergency Repairs Safely): Volunteers help disadvantaged homeowners - elderly, single parents, and the disabled - by making emergency repairs on homes in the local community. HAMMERS also sponsors the SouperBowl, a festive collaborative fundraiser with the local community to benefit the Davidson Housing Coalition.
Volunteers work with brain trauma patients on various rehabilitation exercises including arts and crafts, Nintendo Wii, horseback riding and board games. Volunteers can also work outside on a number of maintenance chores. They may work more intimately with the members in the Day Program by joining the "Physically Fit" program, or help out with the Checkered Ball, an annual black-tie fundraiser.
Hives for Lives is a student run non-profit business that sells local and all natural honey to raise money for innovative cancer research. The goal of the organization extends beyond that of finding a cure for cancer; the most central mission is to educate youth about entrepreneurship by allowing them the ability to run their own business and to demonstrate through a hands-on approach that business can be a force for good.
As a chapter of the anti-trafficking organization, International Justice Mission (IJM), our purpose is to provide the Davidson community (both on and off campus) with an opportunity to be actively involved in the campaign against modern slavery. We seek to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide opportunity to be actively involved in combating forms of international oppression through fundraising events, which will directly benefit IJM's justice and advocacy initiatives.
Volunteers tutor high school students in math, foreign languages, science, and English. Transportation is provided twice a week, but commitment is flexible.
This organization works to eradicate poverty by engaging students and empowering communities. Through research, business ventures, and outreach to local partners, students develop and implement an international project during the summer that addresses their chosen issue.
An international organization that provides free surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates across the globe. It is only $240 to change a child's life forever. Davidson's Operation Smile club spreads awareness of international health issues, holds fundraisers and mentors high school students.
Volunteers raise money for an annual Bone Marrow Typing drive by sponsoring a spaghetti dinner, Ben and Jerry's Day, and Tulip Sales. They also strive to raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow donations and transplanting.
Volunteers assist the American Red Cross Mooresville chapter with a number of activities including First Aid/CPR training, local disaster relief, and community health education. Volunteers can help with any number of events that they want. Additionally, every year volunteers raise money for an international service project.
The Rotaract Club at Davidson College aims to develop an awareness of the needs of our immediate community and the world through selfless service in partnership with the Mooresville-Lake Norman and Davidson Rotary Clubs. In support of youth development we support the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center and, on an international level, we advocate for Invisible Children. We aim to recognize, practice and promote purposeful ethical standards, leadership qualities and vocational responsibility.
Volunteers tutor on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club, located at the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Charlotte. They tutor K-8 students who live at the Center, a shelter for women and children. The tutors strive to help the children with schoolwork and reading while fostering their desire to learn.
Volunteers work to provide entertainment opportunities for mentally and physically disabled youth and adults in the Davidson and Charlotte areas. Such activities include Special Olympics, volunteering at hospitals, and other events that promote a fun and exciting experience for participants.
Youth Davidson seeks to establish forums for Middle and High School students to identify issues they see in the Davidson community and develop their own projects to address those community defined needs.
YouthMAP pairs Davidson College students with children from Barium Springs. Over the course of three months, YouthMAP holds weekly sessions that involve conducting photo-shoots, editing photographs, and developing a greater understanding of marketing through experiential learning.