Wesley Service Scholarship
Participants who complete 80 hours of service, attend monthly peer-led reflection meetings, and written reflection receive a $500 scholarship. For application information contact Jorie Landers.
Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program (ICAP)
Simpson College has partnered with the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program (ICAP), which offers an education award of $1143 from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in return for 300 hours of community service in a calendar year!
Interested students should contact Jorie Landers.
Simpson’s Religious Life Community (RLC) provides transportation to a variety of community partners six days per week. Regular opportunities include mentoring inner city youth in Des Moines, assisting at a food pantry and clothing distribution center, and serving meals at the Catholic Worker House. Saturday projects vary by week. To sign up, visit Smith Chapel.
Additionally, RLC sponsors Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips each year. The Alternative Break Program is a student-run organization dedicated to providing Simpson students the opportunity to travel as members of an intentional community of service such that they may experience new perspectives, develop leadership skills, and practice cooperation through educational and hands-on community service during college breaks. Thanks to RLC subsidization and student fundraising, these mission trips are available to students at a very low-cost. Interested in proposing a trip, contact Smith Chapel at 961-1610.
RLC also advises Simpson’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. The Simpson campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity frequently participates in building and remodeling projects in conjunction with the Warren County and Greater Des Moines chapters of Habitat. In addition to Saturday work trips and fundraisers, the chapter travels to a new location each year to build one or more houses over the week of spring break.
Many professors offer academic credit for service that enhances student-learning in the classroom and benefits the community. For more information, contact Jorie Landers.
Call of Service May Term
Students participate in one week of classroom preparation before leaving on a 2-week long trip that incorporates service, reflection, and vocational discernment. During the second week students spend a week in Denver, Colorado serving the urban community. The third and final week is spent in the mountains where students are involved in intense reflection about their experiences and their vocation. For more information contact Jim Hayes.
Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed service fraternity which also promotes growing in leadership and genuine friendship.
Students involved in Greek Life at Simpson are among the most service-oriented at the college. Each of the fraternities/sororities promotes a particular philanthropy and conduct service and programming around that philanthropy. All of them promote and some even require general volunteering for their members.
Other Campus Clubs & Organizations
Many of Simpson’s student clubs and organizations are service-oriented. Examples include, but are not limited to:
EAC, SARA, SIFE, Best Buddies
For a complete list of student clubs and organizations at Simpson, see http://events.simpson.edu/search/groups.
Yearly Service Events (Campus Day, Up Till Dawn, Reggie’s Sleepout, MLK Day of Service)
Each year Simpson offers or provides transportation to a number of service events. Examples include Campus Day, Up Till Dawn, Reggie’s Sleepout, MLK Day of Service, and others as they come available.
Students are always encouraged to participate in service on their own or with friends! For help identifying an organization to partner with, contact Jorie Landers.
Check out our “Local Service Opportunities” to view our Community Partners and “National and International Service Opportunities” to learn more about service opportunities available through Simpson.
Jorie Landers, Service Coordinator and Chapel Assistant