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Community Action and Social Justice

2014 Stand 4 Freedom

2014 Stand 4 Freedom, Voice of Justice

Put your heart, mind, hands, and feet to work for good in the world through these organizations:

  • 4Life: This group supports life in all forms—whether for the unborn, orphans, the elderly, or those who are enslaved, physically challenged, or imprisoned.  While 4LIFE is a pro-life organization, it is more than an “anti-abortion” organization. The group’s hope is that 4LIFE will cause Huntingdon College students and the Montgomery community to put aside political and social views to focus on the gift of life.
  • Action and Awareness Committee:  This is a group of students who plan community service for all-campus service days, such as the Big Red Day of Service that is part of Big Red Weekend. If you are a responder—someone who loves to lend a helping hand and/or someone who is good at recruiting others for the cause, contact the director of community service, Brian Smith ’94, to learn more about this group.
  • Autism Speaks U Chapter:  Organized during the 2012–2013 academic year, Autism Speaks promotes awareness campus-wide and raises funds to contribute to the research and education of those affected by autism.
  • Circle K International:  A community service group affiliated with Kiwanis Club International, students involved in Circle K are committed to the Kiwanis mission of “changing the world one child and one community at a time.”  Circle K International (CKI) is the largest collegiate community service, leadership development, and friendship organization with more than 12,800 members in 17 nations.   CKI’s mission is to develop college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.  
  • Collegiate Exchange Club:  Huntingdon was the first post-secondary institution in the country to offer a Collegiate Exchange Club when this club formed in 2011, 100 years after the first Exchange Club was formed.  Exchange Club is a service organization with the values of the prevention of child abuse and promotion of patriotism at its core. Collegiate Exchange Club members have a passion for service and a love of fellowship.  Learn more on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/138328576239267/.
  • Environmental Club: In addition to a community recycling program, the Environmental Club discusses and promotes action toward a healthier planet.
  • Habitat for Humanity: Sweat equity goes a long way toward helping build a better community. Habitat for Humanity builds the world neighborhood by constructing and reconstructing one home at a time for those who had no home previously.  This club’s level of action is determined each year by the enthusiasm of its members.  Get involved!
  • SaveFirst: Like most organizations in this list, SaveFirst is part social action and part community service, but SaveFirst is also academic in nature.  Each volunteer must complete training and become certified to prepare income tax returns for families whose earnings meet a certain criteria.  During tax season, SaveFirst volunteers prepare hundreds of tax returns for low income individuals and families, saving thousands of dollars in commercial tax preparation fees.  To learn more, check with faculty in the Accounting program, although students from any major are welcome to serve.
  • Voice of Justice: Organized during the 2012–2013 academic year, Voice of Justice raises awareness about the worldwide injustice of human trafficking. The club works closely with the Equal Justice Initiative and Stella’s Voice (Facebook).  Annual events include the Stand 4 Freedom, held in the spring.

In addition to these groups and initiatives, nearly every athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other organization on campus offers service and outreach opportunities that combine the ideals of the organization with the ideals of the College:

“Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”