In keeping with the mission and tradition of Norwich University, our students, staff and faculty engage in a multitude of volunteer activities organized through the Center for Civic Engagement.
Norwich students actively participate in tutoring and mentoring programs through area schools, youth centers and health-care centers. There are several student groups focused on community service activities that regularly provide assistance to the town of Northfield.
All student groups on campus are encouraged to participate in community service activities. At the beginning of each academic year a Volunteer Fair is held on campus that allows the university community to volunteer directly with local organizations.
During Thanksgiving and Spring Break weeks when dorms close and students have some free time, we offer opportunities to participate in service projects and enjoy a bit of sightseeing and team building. Alternative Thanksgiving Break is a "Vermont sampler" trip, during which participants work with Vermont nonprofits such as the Vermont Food Bank, the Veterans' Place, Montpelier Parks and Recreation, and Habitat for Humanity. The program cost is $100 and includes food, transportation and expenses.
Alternative Spring Break takes students outside of Vermont to work with a partnering organization around issues of hunger and homelessness, disaster relief or access to medical or educational resources. The all-inclusive cost is $200, and trips are offered to students based on need, interest and availability.
American Red Cross blood drives
Successful American Red Cross blood drives are held each semester on campus. Students volunteer as escorts and help wherever needed. For information, visit the American Red Cross web site.