Dordt understands that learning must lead to service, and that service enhances learning. That’s why Dordt offers so many opportunities to volunteer, both in the community and around the world. The best part? The service programs are mainly driven by students’ own personal commitment to a life of Christian service. And while the students are helping out the people around them, they’re also gaining experience in planning, organizing, and leading.
Around 60 percent of Dordt students are actively involved in volunteering activities, and 1 in 10 students are engaged in community-based service learning and practicum experiences as part of their required coursework.
COP (Community Outreach Program), PLIA (Putting Love Into Action), and AMOR (A Mission OutReach) are the largest volunteer opportunities offered at Dordt. These opportunities give students a chance to create change and be a blessing in their immediate communities, throughout the United States, and across the world.
Students are not limited to these activities—they find plenty of other ways to make a difference. Some are involved in prison ministry, mentoring at ATLAS (a local Christ-centered ministry), tutoring students in area elementary schools, and even serving with Habitat for Humanity or the Hope Food Pantry.