Service is a core value at Elon, and is one of the five Elon Experiences. Service is conducted through a variety of 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.
Academic Service-Learning (ASL) helps students gain a better understanding of course content by putting it into practice. Service-learning engages students in real-life settings, working on community issues to connect classroom learning with societal issues.
Get on the Bus
If you are looking for an easy way to try out service at Elon when you first arrive, the Kernodle Center offers a program called “Get on the Bus”. On Friday afternoons during the first half of the fall semester, a Biobus will take students to one of our many community partners for an afternoon of service.
If you are looking for an easy way to get plugged into service opportunities during the spring semester, the Kernodle Center offers a program called Service Saturdays. On a handful of Saturday mornings during the spring semester, we provide transportation and facilitate service project with a local community partner.
Visit our Service Saturday registration page to sign-up during the spring semester. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Downtown East Burlington Biobus Express Route
Want to do service at Elon but don’t have a car? Looking for an easy way to get to the restaurants and businesses in downtown Burlington? Elon University offers a route as part of Elon’s Biobus system, the Downtown East Burlington Biobus Express Route, that drops students off near 32 community partners, making service at Elon more accessible than ever. This route runs Monday-Friday afternoons and is available to both Elon and community members.
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.
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 Volunteers! showed me the power I possessed to be an influential leader and how to be an advocate for social issues outside of the Elon bubble. Being a part of EV! truly changed the way I think about service from a self-centered approach to a community oriented approach.
Reena John ’18