Service is a core value at Elon, and is one of the five Elon Experiences. In 2015-2016, over 3,500 Elon students completed 119,200 hours of service though individual and group participation in a variety of service opportunities. Service is conducted through sports teams, fraternities and sororities, and a variety of student organizations on campus. Everywhere you look, service is being done at Elon!
I truly never thought service would become such a big part of my life at Elon. In high school I was required to complete service hours in order to graduate, but the work I was doing felt very forced and inauthentic. Elon takes an approach to service-learning that is unique, thoughtful, and highly engaging where students are able to learn, grow, and pursue their passions in a variety of different ways. Whether volunteering with Elon’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, working with students at the local Boys and Girls Club, or participating in Alternative Breaks, the service opportunities that Elon offers are endless.
Elon Volunteers! (EV!)
Elon Volunteers! (EV!) is the umbrella organization for service at Elon and is a great way to get involved in service opportunities. EV! is a student-run organization that offers a variety of programs, events, and Alternative Breaks as great ways to get involved in service—visit our EV! page 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.
Get on the Bus
If you’re 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 in September and October, a Biobus will take students to one of our many community partners for an afternoon of service. No need to plan ahead or sign-up–just get on the bus! Check back in the fall for a list of exact dates and service locations! Email us for more information.
Academic Service-Learning (ASL) is a credit-based opportunity to conduct service as an integrated component of a course. Many professors at Elon choose for their class to have a service-learning designation. This designation means that the course partners with a community agency and works to meets an identified community need. ASL courses integrate in-class learning with out of class experiences and are a wonderful way to put your skills to use designing websites, developing marketing plans, or conducting research. There are a variety of ASL courses offered each year—visit our Academic Service-Learning page to find out more!
Service Learning has been monumental in my Elon Experience. Throughout my four years at Elon, I have immersed myself in the unique service learning experiences available here. Service learning allows students to connect what they learn about in the classroom to the greater community. The deep reflections I have made during my service experiences link directly to success in the classroom. Service learning presents real-world experiences that challenge students to think critically about what they are doing. It adds meaning beyond simply serving to “give back”. After my time at Elon I now realize the value of not only serving, but establishing connections and reflections that enhance my knowledge and awareness of my actions.