Community Connections is a liaison between staff, faculty, and students at Carson-Newman University and non-profit and public agencies in the community. In doing so, we promote service learning and civic engagement by connecting volunteers and community needs and visions.
Community Connections projects include:
An annual day of service that allows Carson-Newman students, faculty, staff, and alumni to service throughout the region on projects that include cleaning, cutting firewood, and beautifying parks and schools. Carson-Newman partners with area non-profits, schools, and churches to allow students to experience the benefits of giving back through service. Operation InAsMuch is held in the fall semester and gets its name from Mathew 25:40 where Jesus says, "Inasmuch as you serve the least of these, you serve me.”
MLK Jr. Day of Service:
Held during Social Justice Week, Carson-Newman students serve on this day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Jr. Day of Service is a national event to raise awareness of the importance of serving your community and neighbors. Around the MLK holiday in January, volunteers from Carson-Newman focus on two to four large-scale projects in the community and come together to serve.
April Play Day:
Carson-Newman athletic teams and organizations serve together on this day in April to promote living a healthy, active lifestyle. Children from local Boys and Girls clubs and other after school tutoring organizations travel to Carson-Newman to play games and participate in activities led by C-N students.
This interactive event raises awareness of the realities of poverty. Students are invited to attend a meal served by Bonner Center staff. Participants are given a meal ticket representing the different levels of socioeconomic status that determines where they sit and what they eat.
Community Connections also works with area non-profits to connect students with service opportunities in the community. If you are interested in finding a place to serve, contact Community Connections by clicking the link below. To sign up for Operation InAsMuch or other events, click the links at the end of this page.