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Community Service Resources

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What is "community service"?

According to the Higher Education Act of 1965, community service is defined as

"services which are identified by an institution of higher education, through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs, including:

  1. such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement;
  2. work in service opportunities or youth corps as defined in the National and Community Service Act of 1990;
  3. support services to students with disabilities; and
  4. activities in which a student serves as a mentor for such purposes as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities; and counseling, including career counseling."

Taken from the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992, and the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1993


Philanthropy vs. Community Service


Philanthropy, by definition, is a desire to help mankind through the giving of gifts, usually monetary in nature, to humanitarian or charitable organizations. Longwood's clubs and organizations are especially good at raising money, collecting canned food and other items to help their various agencies in our community and/or other philanthropic organizations. These activities, programs and events are especially creative and fun - which makes philanthropy so appealing! It's easy to coordinate, there is no long term commitment, and it can get an organization recognized for something positive.

Community Service

Community service involves active participation, more organization, more time commitment and usually involves working with others and facing real life problems and issues head-on. Therefore, community service is extremely valuable to you and your organization as it helps you make a connection between yourself, the skills you have to offer and the needs of the community. By taking part in a community service project you and your organization can gain a vested interest in seeing your service activities continue to develop and grow.

While philanthropy is an important aspect of service at Longwood University, our challenge to all of you is to get more involved in "doing" and take advantage of the community service opportunities that are all around us.

Learn more about community service at Longwood

[Adapted from Michelle Martin de Figueroa's A Journey Through Service]