Most of Carleton's volunteer efforts are coordinated through people and resources with the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE).This includes opportunities through coursework as well as non-class-related volunteer programs. The CCCE includes both ACE and ACT:
Academic and Civic Engagement (ACE) engages students and faculty in course-related community projects. Classes explore topics ranging from health care to social justice to environmental chemical concerns.
Acting in the Community Together (ACT) helps match Carls with volunteer programs, one-time volunteer opportunities, academic civic engagement courses, internships, and many other avenues into the world of social justice and change.
Scott Carpenter (faculty) says:I chose Carleton for the thrill of working with exciting colleagues on the most ambitious project of all: training the next generation of leaders in all walks of life. (Goodness knows we're going to need them!)
Have you done any volunteering at Carleton? Ben Bedore '13 says:Through the ACT center I teach science and ecological conservation lessons to third graders with a program called Kids for Conservation (KFC). It's great to get off campus for an hour a week, interact with a lot of kids, and learn a lot about science and conservation in the process.
Stacey Pelika '96 says:Because of Carleton I know that I'll always be part of a community of people who work to understand and improve the world but don't take themselves too seriously while doing it. (And that Carleton people are so drawn to the same types of communities that you may well find yourself unintentionally - but happily! - living in an apartment building in which four tenants all lived in the same dorm almost 20 years ago!)