Community Service Opportunities
How do you want to impact the local and global community while at DePauw?
DePauw Community Service (DCS) strives to make a lasting impact in the community by offering opportunities for committed and passionate direct service.
Every year hundreds of DePauw students chose to participate in at least one of the many student-led volunteer programs that make up DePauw Community Service (DCS). This corps of volunteers provides needed assistance to schools, shelters, retirement communities, governmental agencies, museums, and other non-profit organizations, agencies, and programs throughout Putnam County.
Big Brother/Big Sister: DePauw students spend time with their "Little" partners both during and outside of school hours. Littles and Bigs spend time together in activities such as talking about school, doing homework, reading together, shooting hoops in the gym, or playing on the playground.
DePauw College Mentors: Volunteers serve as mentors to high school students needing assistance with the college decision and application processes at Greencastle High School.
Headstart: Student volunteers play with children, assist at mealtimes, and help to maintain the facility as they gain an understanding of the challenges facing families on limited incomes.
JumpstART: JumpstART is a free program that aims to connect Putnam County youth grades K-5 to different types of art movements, styles and artists in a fun and engaging way that meets the first Saturday of each month.
Knoy After-School Tutoring: The Knoy Resource Center is a non-profit program of the Cloverdale Community School Corporation that serves all ages through literacy development and social skill enhancement Monday through Thursday.
Spanish Enrichment Program at TZ: The long-running program exposes 3rd-5th graders to basic Spanish comprehension. It is hosted by Tzouanakis Elementary School once a week during after school hours.
Spanish Enrichment Program at Ridpath: This program exposes 1st and 2nd graders to basic Spanish skills during the after school hours at Ridpath Elementary School.
Student Friend: The Student Friend Program matches local students with a DePauw Student who serves as their mentor and friend. This program is modeled after Big Brother/Big Sister. There are multiple locations for this program:
Central Elementary School:
Deer Meadow Primary School:
Greencastle Middle School:
Filmore Elementary School:
Ridpath Elementary School:
TZ Intermediate School:
Sports Night: In its 20th season, Sports Night provides the youth of Putnam County the opportunity to participate in sports-related activities while building relationships with DePauw students. The program aims to enhance the lives of the children who participate by offering a fun environment for teaching the skills and value of being a team player.
Talks Mentoring: The TALKS Mentoring Program is conducted in partnership with Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church. The goal of TALKS is to provide local middle school students with a mentor that will help them make personal commitments to integrity and excellence in the pursuit of life paths.
Tot's Time: The Tots Time program is held at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church and is run in conjunction with Putnam County Family Support Services. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday morning from 9am to noon to engage children newborn to 5 years old.
YMCA After-School Program: Student volunteers are needed to assist the experienced staff in providing a safe, caring and enriching after school environment where children are helped with homework, tutored in math and reading, and engaged in activities that encourage them to make new friends, enjoy new experiences and have fun.
Healthy Communities Initiatives
Asbury Tower Senior Friend: This program serves Asbury Towers retirement home and nursing facilities. Students interact with senior citizens to gain perspective on the process of aging. Students may choose to develop individual friendships or assist with group activities.
Best Buddies: Best Buddies is a global volunteer movement that offers opportunities for one-on-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Rescued Treasures: Rescued Treasures is a non-profit thrift store that helps raise funds for the Humane Society in Putnam County. Students will help organize inventory, greet customers, stock shelves, and learn basic business principles.
Non-Food Pantry: The Non-Food Pantry serves needy families in Putnam County by providing non-food necessities such as toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, baby/toddler and feminine hygiene products. The program is hosted by St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Greencastle, and is sponsored by organizations and churches in Putnam County and Indianapolis.