Dordt College News

Dordt College contributes significant volunteer hours to community

April 11, 2014

Dordt College is a community of people working with a purpose. The college’s distinctive approach to education recognizes that learning must lead to service and that service enhances learning.

In the past academic year, 871 students—approximately 60 percent of Dordt’s student body—have performed 26,499 hours of community service and service learning.

“As a college, we are grateful to see God glorified through the selfless outpouring of our students to help others in need within the Sioux Center community and around the world,” said Bethany Schuttinga, Dordt College vice president for administration.

Service learning opportunities abound in the Sioux Center community and in neighboring towns, where Dordt students tutored children, led activities at the Kidzone afterschool program, ministered with Cornerstone Prison Church Ministry, and more.

Following last April’s ice storm, 200 Dordt College students, faculty, and staff contributed 800 hours of clean-up assistance.

In addition, students extend their reach nationally and internationally by serving week-long and two-week long mission and service trips with PLIA (Putting Love In Action) and AMOR (A Mission OutReach). PLIA sent 122 students to locations throughout the U.S. and Canada during spring break. Over Christmas break, 44 students went on AMOR to the Third World countries of Jamaica, Haiti, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Tanzania, partnering with local relief organizations.

Students also serve as HopeLine (Dawson McAllister radio program) coaches answering phone calls and chats from young people who are searching for help. The radio program airs nationally and internationally to more than 50 countries, and Dordt College students are able to communicate with callers around the globe from the fully equipped computer lab on Dordt’s campus.

Learn more about student opportunities for serving.

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