Whether on campus, in Helena, across the state, or across the globe, the Carroll community gets involved. Why? Our motivation comes from a desire to help the less fortunate, stressing the value of fellowship and the pursuit of living lives of meaning.
Students for a Just Society strives to raise awareness about social justice, and the group has recently brought in speakers to discuss strife in Uganda and hosted an event that highlighted the international arms trade. Student Advocates for Valuing the Environment (SAVE) coordinates on-campus recycling while promoting environmental causes on campus and in the wider community, too. The Carroll Outreach Team (COT) provides direct service and aid to people in need, at home and around the world, and the Carroll chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA is a non-profit organization that helps college students and professionals' partner with developing communities to give them basic necessities of life.
These are just some of the service opportunities that await you. To find out more about the variety community service opportunities available to you, visit the Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice or like it on Facebook.
A key component of Freshman Orientation is collecting goods for food banks like Helena Food Share, while upper and lower classmen alike regularly donate time to work with kids at Helena’s Shodair Children’s Hospital. Some students find themselves working at spay/neuter clinics that assist low-income pet owners, while others read to local school kids, build homes with Habitat for Humanity, or raise money for the Florence Crittenton Home. Every Halloween, the campus welcomes 1,000 Helena residents to its “Haunted Halls,” handing out 50,000 pieces of candy to kids in just three hours.
Want to volunteer your time with a local community service agency? Find a list of agencies.
The student-run Up ‘til Dawn fundraiser raises money to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, and honors the caregivers there who have lost countless hours of sleep combating childhood cancer. A letter writing campaign (this past year, over 6,000 letters were sent out) seeks sponsorship for this worthy cause. In addition, students held a rummage sale and a coin drive at a local elementary school (the kids there pitched in $600). During the all-night Up ‘til Dawn festivities in March, it was announced that students’ efforts had raised over $37,000.
The student chapter of Engineers without Borders has traveled to the remote community of Santa Maria in Mexico’s Queretaro state the last two years. These civil engineering students and their professors have spent their time constructing a wastewater treatment facility in this tiny village. A world away in the small state of Swaziland in southern Africa, student nurses from Carroll yearly roll up their sleeves to assist local nurses and medical centers coping with the highest incidence of AIDS in the world. Carroll alums also regularly lend their skills in the Peace Corps, following the lead of numerous former Corps members among the faculty.
Here are just some of the organizations that Carroll students have worked with: