Community Service Opportunities
Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) coordinates home repair efforts and children’s day camps in rural parts of Alabama. It is interdenominational and welcomes all students to come and serve!
Alabama Science Olympiad Class B finals are held on campus annually. Teams of middle- and junior-high school students—given an hour, a few materials, and several teammates—perform such tasks as designing and building a bridge, an energy-transfer device, a robot, or a receptacle to catch a dropped egg. Huntingdon students, faculty, and staff volunteer to host and help with this event.
Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is an organization dedicated to the task of eliminating substandard, poverty housing and homelessness. By living the “theology of the hammer” the Huntingdon Chapter of HFH attempts to do its part in bringing to reality the motto, “No more shacks!”
The Jingle Bell Run, benefiting the Arthritis Foundation, begins and ends at Huntingdon the second Saturday of December each year. It is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday-themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Volunteers are needed for this annual community service project that is co-sponsored by Alpha Omicron Pi.
Montgomery Area Food Bank (MAFB)/Manna Foods provides food to nearly 2,000 households in Montgomery County each month. The Manna Food Center helps the working poor stretch their limited dollars so they can afford a better life, and gives families the opportunity to share their day over a healthy, home-cooked dinner. Manna provides children with the chance to succeed in school by helping ensure their nutritional needs are met, offers strength to our neighbors who are ill or elderly, and provides a helping hand to people who face temporary hardship or unemployment.
The Montgomery Area Non-Traditional Equestrian (MANE) Center is a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 that provides safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding for area children and adults who have physical, cognitive, emotional, and developmental disabilities. Huntingdon College students, faculty, and staff are eligible to volunteer at MANE. Huntingdon student volunteers have cleared paths, cleaned horse stalls, groomed horses, and performed a myriad of general office tasks for MANE during the past several years. Related Site: http://www.manenet.org
Operation Christmas Child brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the good news of God’s love. This program of Samaritan’s Purse provides an opportunity for people of all ages to be involved in a simple, hands-on mission project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas. Organized by Campus Ministries and the Commuter Student Organization, students and staff members work together to fill small shoe boxes with toys, school supplies, and other gifts; a personal note can introduce a hurting child to God’s love.
Hawks for a Healthier Planet Recycling Club was created by and is run completely by students. Recycling bins can be found on each floor in the residence halls, and community recycling bins are located on campus near the dining hall. Paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal cans are recycled.
The Red Cross offers a number of service opportunities (www.redcross.org).
Service Days are open to students, faculty, and staff at Huntingdon College and involve community service projects both on- and off-campus. Projects typically last half a day, but there are some full-day service opportunities. Projects may include community painting and clean-ups, working with the Humane Society, volunteering with Manna Foods or Common Ground Ministries, or building a house with Habitat for Humanity, as a few examples.
MLK Great Day of Service is held annually on Martin Luther King Day, incorporating all of the components of a Super Service Saturday but held on a Monday when classes are canceled so that students can serve in the community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" In response to that question, Huntingdon College takes part in the MLK Great Day of Service.