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Johnson Service and Outreach

North answers the call to action and lifts our communities.

For many NVU-Johnson students and alumni, the college memories that left the biggest impression on them happened off campus: visiting children at an orphanage in Vietnam, providing meals to people with AIDS in New York, cleaning up the nearby Lamoille River, packaging vegetables at a farm for the Vermont Foodbank.

Johnson’s many diverse opportunities for community service transform the lives of our students and the people they help. Our service work has been recognized nationally and locally, and thousands of students have been involved in community projects since 1987.

Our campus-based SERVE office coordinates programs that address social needs and provides ways for you to build skills, learn how to be a leader, and contribute to the larger community. For many students, their volunteer work influences their career choices and starts a longtime interest in meaningful community involvement after they graduate.

Through SERVE, you can participate in projects that range from American Red Cross blood drives and literacy work with schoolchildren to serving free lunches to community members in town, or packaging meals for families in need at Thanksgiving. If you want to make a difference volunteering in other states or countries, SERVE’s Badger Alternative Breaks, a chapter of the national Break Away network, offers service trips during certain campus breaks.