Community service/service learning is an integral part of the Friends University educational and extracurricular experience. The Office of Community and Residential Development offers several programs/initiatives for students interested in giving their time and talents to local, regional, national and even international causes/organizations. Activities include:
The Office of Community and Residential Development exists within the Division of Student Affairs at Friends University. We support the overall mission of the University and the Division by providing opportunities for exploration and growth in areas such as diversity, civic engagement, experiential learning and servant leadership. We are genuinely interested in helping students succeed in all areas of the college experience.
Week of Welcome Community Service Day
WOW Community Service Day is a tradition that helps introduce new members of the University community to our culture of volunteerism. The day has included many different service opportunities, and most recently has seen the tradition begin with Colvin Elementary, in Colvin Service Day.
Colvin Service Day brings together Friends University students and staff with the third grade classrooms of Colvin Elementary. Each Friends University student teams up with a Colvin student and leads them around the campus, participating in different activities. These activities include a live-action story, fine arts showcase, a zoo science presentation, and physical activities. We are excited to showcase not only our University, but also the importance of college. After the event, students gather for a service reflection and wrap-up presentation, including a highlight video from the day. Transportation for the Colvin students, a T-shirt, and lunch are provided for all.
Salvation Army Service Day
Each year since 1992, Friends University staff, faculty, and student groups join together to serve at the Salvation Army, as part of their Angel Tree Project. The University assists the charity group with donation pick-ups, sorting gifts, assembling bikes, and decoration the facility for the families.
To learn more about volunteering in the Wichita, Kansas area, click here.
Director of Community Service
Office of Community and Residential Development
2100 W. University Ave.
Wichita, KS 67213