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Office of Community Service Programs

Office of Community Service Programs

Each year, approximately 50 percent of Skidmore
students participate in community service and
fundraising activities, and our faculty teach more
than 50 service-learning courses.

Learn more about community service options for
students at Skidmore.

The Office of Community Service Programs, in the Division of Student Affairs, supports the curricular and co-curricular civic engagement activities of individual students, clubs, athletic teams and academic departments.  The Office serves as a liaison between the Skidmore community and over forty nonprofit agencies in the greater Saratoga region as well as a pre-orientation program and national and international service trips.  Helping students become “informed, responsible citizens” is a priority of the Office. We do this by providing experiences that encourage students to examine their values, develop practical competencies and apply their learning to find solutions for social and civic problems.  The Office supports student development by creating and sustaining opportunities for engagement and reflection both on and off campus.

Skidmore College was selected for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. It is also a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university  presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. Skidmore is profiled in the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities (Student Horizons Press).

Civic Engagement at Skidmore

Concerned for the hungry

Skidmore's Baseball team and Coach Ron Plourde were among the volunteers preparing Thanksgiving food baskets on behalf of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council on Nov. 22.

SSCP: Real world in the classroom

Students in the course offer theoretical and practical help as pro bono consultants to area businesses. In mid-October the class volunteered with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity on a build in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Students launch Social Justice Month

Skidmore students have organized a month-long series of events to raise awareness and inspire action.

Alum forges a special town-gown connection

Alumnus Jon Ryan '92 returned to Saratoga Springs this week to help the city school district celebrate National Arts in Education Week. His visit includes an Oct. 9 fund-raising concert at the Lake Avenue Elementary School.

"Give+Go" is thrifty and green

Skidmore and community volunteers are again collecting what students would otherwise leave behind as they head home. Instead of going to a landfill, the items go to local charities.