Service is a core value at Elon, and is one of the five Elon Experiences. Service is conducted through a variety of departments, student organizations, courses, athletic teams, and fraternities and sororities on-campus.
Elon Volunteers! (EV!) exists to provide all members of the Elon University campus the opportunity to develop an ethic of service by connecting campus and community through service experiences. Through EV!, we have various one-time service opportunities, ongoing opportunities, and over 100+ student leadership positions.
Community-Based Learning (CBL) courses helps students gain a better understanding of content by putting it into practice and engaging students in real-life settings to connect classroom learning with societal issues. Typically each semester 30+ CBL courses are offered across various disciplines.
Get on the Bus
If you are looking for an easy way to try out service at Elon, the Kernodle Center offers a program called “Get on the Bus”. During the first half of the fall and spring semesters, a campus bus or van will take students to one of our many community partners for an afternoon or morning of impactful service.
Days of Service and Service Weeks
If you are looking for an easy way to get plugged into service opportunities, typically 3 times a year (once in the fall, once in January, and once in the spring), the Kernodle Center offers days of service and service weeks. We provide transportation and facilitate projects with local community partners for these opportunities.
Through a partnership with Student Involvement, the Kernodle Center helps to connect members of sororities and fraternities to meaningful local service opportunities throughout the academic year, and especially through a unique partnership during Greek Week in October.
Through a partnership with Elon University Athletics, the Kernodle Center helps student-athletes connect individually and as teams to make a positive impact in the local community.
Outside of Elon Volunteers!, there are a number of other student-led service organizations on-campus. Visit the student organization directory on Phoenix Connect for more information.
Click here for the group service transportation form.
The Kernodle Center is able to potentially provide transportation support for students looking to volunteer in the local community who may not have access to their own transportation. Please note that we are not able to accommodate every request. Please submit the transportation request form above at least 3 weeks in advance of the potential service event.
Click here for the group service request form.
The Kernodle Center is able to potentially partner with student organizations who wish to set up a service opportunity for their organization with a local community partner and would like assistance getting connected. Please submit the group service request form above at least 4 weeks in advance of the potential service event.
Campus Alamance Summer Internship Program
Elon University’s Student Professional Development Center and Kernodle Center for Civic Life launched the Campus Alamance summer internship program in summer 2021. This paid, eight-week internship program, offered at no expense to the employers, partners businesses, nonprofit organizations and government entities in Alamance County with talented Elon University interns for a mutually beneficial experience. Campus Alamance interns earn a $2500 stipend and work up to 30 hours a week during the summer.
For more information, click here.
There are many meaningful service opportunities to pursue following graduation. For more information about the value of considering a service year, click here. The Student Professional Development Center (SDPC) has a great list of post-graduate service fellowships and programs. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, contact either the SDPC or the Kernodle Center.
Elon Year of Service Program
Coordinated through the Student Professional Development Center, the Elon Year of Service Fellows Program is a 12-month, post-graduation program connecting Elon graduates with community partners to help tackle challenges in health, education, and economic development unique to Alamance County. Fellows utilize their knowledge and skills in collaboration with their partners to strengthen the community and facilitate lasting change.