Student Service & Partner Organizations
The Office of Civic Engagement partners with a number of student and non-profit organizations on the plateau and around the world. These incredible organizations focus on everything from direct service to community building and advocacy. Along with the help of student leaders, we help interested students find pathways to learning and service.
Food with Friends
Food with Friends is a traveling soup kitchen that hosts scheduled monthly meals in nearby towns. They strive to provide healthy meals and fellowship for community members. FwF partners with local food banks and pantries by coordinating meals and food pick-up days.
Sewanee STAND / Invisible Children
Sewanee STAND is an anti-genocide coalition that brings college students together to promote the mission and goals of Invisible Children. STAND hopes to educate others about what they can do to fight against human rights violations, and bring peace back to the refugees and night commuters in Northern Uganda. The national campaign is run by creative, young, and vibrant people who want to improve education, clean water access, and economic opportunity to a generation that was almost lost.
Well Directed Curiosity
WDC started when Canale Interns identified the need for an exploration and discovery after school program for rambunctious 3rd grade boys from Sewanee Elementary. It has since expanded to include 7 groups for both boys and girls, grades 2 - 5. Each group is led by two Sewanee students who mentor and lead kids on a weekly adventure.
The following are community non-profit organizations that host regular student volunteers.
Animal Harbor is a volunteer-run animal shelter located in Belvidere, operated by the Franklin County Humane society. They provide short term housing for animals that need new homes.
Appalachian Women's Guild (AWG)
Based in Tracy City, AWG provides resources for abused, drug addicted, struggling women and their children. The guild's facility houses a thrift store and food bank as well as a space for job training and leadership development. Sewanee students help by spreading awareness, fundraising, and helping to organize the thrift store and building.
Blue Monarch is a non-profit organization that has a one-year residential program for women recovering from abuse, addictions and poverty. The women and their children are housed while they receive an education, find a job, become better mothers, and gain confidence in themselves. University students raise awareness and money, visit the women and their children, and connect the women to the Sewanee community.
Community Action Committee (CAC)
The CAC offers groceries, assistance with utility bills, financial counseling and links to other assistance agencies in the area to more than 30 families in the greater Sewanee community. This committee is an outreach ministry of Otey Parish and other area churches.
Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace (CCJP)
The mission of CCJP is to promote justice and peace in the Cumberland Plateau by thinking globally and acting locally. They approach this through education, networking, awarding grants, addressing controversial issues, and encouraging non-violent actions.
Folks at Home
Folks at Home is a program that serves seniors in the community by providing services that support in-home living and an independent lifestyle. Services range from helping with chores, building wheelchair ramps, and providing transportation.
The Girl Scouts are dedicated to building the character and skills needed for success. Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, there are now 3.6 million Girl Scouts in the United States and 90 other countries. University students can volunteer with the Sewanee branch and various troops in the local area.
Grundy County Food Bank (GCFB)
The GCFB provides food to those in need in Grundy County. Eligibility is determined yearly using official documentation such as monthly social security, food stamp eligibility, and income verification. Local grocery stores and regional food banks support the GCFB.
Heifer International is dedicated to ending world hunger by emphasizing community involvement and skill building to help people become self-dependent. Heifer works in both domestic and international locations where poverty has compounded hunger issues. Each year the Sewanee community collects monetary donations for Heifer.
Housing Sewanee Inc. (HSI)
Modeled after Habitat for Humanity, Housing Sewanee, Inc. was organized in 1993 for the purpose of forming a partnership between those who need homes on the Domain and volunteers who support the dream of home ownership. The University’s Office of Civic Engagement offers opportunities for groups to serve in Sewanee and partner with HSI during the summer and academic year.
Many students serve as coaches and referees for the local youth soccer league which is part of the American Youth Soccer Organization.