Norwich University Center for Civic Engagement

Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement will establish collegiate chapters of non-profit organizations Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity, and Amnesty International beginning this fall.

Recently celebrating its 16th year, the Center for Civic Engagement is Norwich University’s hub of community service, service-learning and service abroad opportunities. Signature activities of the Center include the biannual American Red Cross Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Drive. Norwich University was recently recognized by the American Red Cross as an “Everyday Hero” for hosting the state’s largest collegiate blood drive and for installing a record-breaking number of smoke detectors in homes of the town of Williamstown in response to a fatal fire there.

“Each of these new student-led and driven organizations brings with them new and exciting opportunities for students to engage in meaningful service, on a local, national and international scale,” Center Director Nicole DiDomenico said. “What’s really inspiring about these particular organizations, and the students who are responsible for bringing them to our campus, is that they represent what’s really important to our student volunteers: a focus on human rights, ending homelessness in the U.S. and abroad, and providing programming for young girls wishing to enter computer programming. I cannot think of a better way to enter into our 200th year than to be launching such a wonderful triad of student volunteer programming than this!”

Service to others before self is a cornerstone of a Norwich education, and as such the Center for Civic Engagement plays a critical role in galvanizing the energy and efforts of students and of the entire Norwich community in thousands of hours of community service annually. Leadership and service projects are local, national, and international in scope and consist of work with the elderly, youth, homeless, hungry, differently-abled, economically disadvantaged, and partnering nonprofit organizations.

Student-led Service Groups are Open to All Students and Include:

  • Norwich University Emergency Medical Services (NU EMS)
  • Rotaract (a collegiate program in partnership with Rotary International)
  • Buddy Up Youth Mentoring Program
  • NU Scouting Association (for all Boy Scout and Girl Scout program participants)
  • Violence Intervention Peer Advocates (VIPA)
  • Unify (NU’s Special Olympics Club)

Additional Programs and Events Offered Annually Through the CCE Include:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) (training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with Capstone Community Action of Barre, Vt.)
  • The Legacy March
  • Civic Scholars Program
  • Community-based Work-study
  • Bi-annual Blood and Bone Marrow Drives
  • The Annual Clothing Drop ‘N Swap (Fall)
  • Trash to Treasure (Spring)
  • Mayo Ball (for local seniors on Valentine’s Day)
  • Alternative Breaks (Thanksgiving and Spring)
  • NU VISIONS Abroad (an international, interdisciplinary service-learning program)

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). 

Norwich will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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