The Purpose of Community Service
Belmont Abbey College takes social obligation seriously. The Benedictine Monks, who founded the college, realized the responsibility of hospitality, living out the Scriptural call to welcome all as Christ. This tradition is continued as students, faculty, and staff are invited to become active and vital members of the Abbey family, serving one another and the global community.
The purpose of the Community Service requirement is to encourage students to expand their existing perimeters and embrace members of their universal family. It is a chance for them to gain experiences and to cultivate relationships within the local area, and beyond. Community Service not only provides assistance to various constituencies, but it also provides students with invaluable opportunities to grow as engaged members of their community on and off campus.
Service to the community offers the opportunity to discover the varied needs of our neighbors and recognize those social concerns that surround us. Our students are invited to return to those projects and programs in which they feel their energy makes the most difference. As we gradually expand the long-standing tradition of a “Community Service Requirement” into a program that truly encourages learning, self-discovery, reflection, and community engagement, we are changing the guidelines and incentives.