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Community Service

What does shoveling wet sand deposited by Hurricane Ike teach? The same thing as gathering donations for families in Crete who need a hand up. Compassion. Service. Leadership.

Doane believes that “to lead is to serve” and students log hundreds of community service hours each year.  

Students learn the importance of serving many communities, including where they live and work, through service and social justice activities.

One day that meant students spent their Spring Break cleaning Galveston Island State Park after Hurricane Ike deposited 40-inches of water (and a lot of sand) in unwanted places.

On other days, community service means a service learning opportunity in class or a few blocks from campus.

Alternative Breaks are a great way to get involved in service learning while at Doane! Each Fall and Spring Break, students can apply to attend these trips. Past trips include building with Habitat for Humanity throughout the country, volunteering at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture in Missouri, and working with youth programs in Chicago. If you are interested in learning more about Alternative Breaks, please contact Mary Olk, Director of Campus Engagement, at