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How do you envision changing the world? Your DePauw education will prepare you to make an impact wherever you go, but what will you do now–as a member of our community? Every year hundreds of DePauw students choose to participate in at least one of the many student-led volunteer programs that make up DePauw Community Service (DCS).

Choose from over 20 programs focused on mentorship with local youth, tutoring/educational programming, relationship building, and other community initiatives throughout Putnam County.


  • Big Brother/Big Sisters: Get paired with a “Little” brother or sister and spend time each week doing homework, playing games, and building a strong one on one relationship.  
  • Head Start: Play with preschool aged children, assist at mealtimes, and help staff with learning activities or be a bus monitor and make the children's bus ride an enjoyable experience.
  • JumpstART: Connect Putnam County youth grades K-5 to different types of art movements, styles and artists in a fun and engaging way.
  • Knoy After-School Tutoring: Serve the Cloverdale Community School Corporation through literacy development and social skill enhancement.
  • Spanish Enrichment Programs: Expose elementary school students to basic Spanish language skills. Work with 2nd graders at Ridpath Primary School or 3rd-5th graders at Tzouanakis Elementary School.
  • Student Friend: Serve as a mentor and friend each week to an elementary or middle school student at one of six local schools.
  • Sports Night: Engage Putnam County youth in sports-related activities to foster a fun environment for teaching athletic skills and value of being a team player.
  • TALKS Mentoring: Mentor middle school students to encourage their personal commitments to integrity and excellence in the pursuit of life paths, in partnership with Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • Tot's Time: Engage children, newborn to five years old, in games and other activities at this free service offered through a partnership between Putnam County Family Support Service and Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.
  • YMCA After-School Program: Assist YMCA staff in an after-school program where children are helped with homework, tutored in math and reading, and encouraged to enjoy new experiences with friends.
  • Asbury Tower Senior Friend: Develop individual friendships with senior citizens or assist with group activities at Asbury Towers retirement home and nursing facilities.
  • Humane Society of Putnam County: Support our local animal shelter by helping with various tasks including cleaning cages and walking/playing with dogs and cats.
  • Rescued Treasures: Assist in organizing inventory, stocking shelves, and greeting customers at this thrift store whose proceeds support the Humane Society in Putnam County.
  • Non-Food Pantry: Assist with monthly distributions of non-food necessities including toiletry and other hygiene products to Putnam County families at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Greencastle.
  • Castle Arts: Help facilitate a Castle workshop at Putnam County schools. The Castle partners with teachers to provide engaging project-based learning workshops.

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