Civic Engagement Council
The Civic Engagement Council is an umbrella organization for more than 25 student-led service organizations.
The CEC executive board supports the work of the groups in addition to offering campus-wide events and programming during National Volunteer Week.
If you or your group would like to collaborate with the council or if you would like to be put in touch with one of the student groups, please contact the CEC adviser Kristin Booher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access to Success Reach
Davidson College is a chapter member of the international nonprofit, Access to Success (A2S). We support the mission and vision of A2S through various fundraising efforts. A2S's mission and vision are as follows: Our Mission: To provide sustainable programs that generate positive change for Nigerian children and their communities. Our Vision: The vision of A2S is that each child/person in Nigeria finds a dignified path to a successful life and is empowered to live out God’s plan for a future filled with hope.
Ada Cooks works at the Ada Jenkins Center and designed to improve health through nutrition education and cooking classes. Ada Cooks offers free weekly cooking classes for adults in both English and Spanish and for children in the LEARN Works program that simplifies the cooking process in a fun, hands-on environment.
Ada Jenkins Free Clinic
The Ada Jenkins clinic provides healthcare services to uninsured patients in the Davidson community. Members of the organization volunteer at the clinic on Thursday evenings and throughout the week to help with other projects.
Volunteers are paired with senior citizens in the Davidson community. They sponsor monthly programs that facilitate relationship between students and senior citizens.
Volunteers participate in student-led service trips over the fall and spring breaks. In cooperation with service partners throughout the Southeast, students work on and learn about issues related to the environment, homelessness, affordable housing, and sustainability.
Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice, promoting human rights and educating the campus and raising awareness on human rights violations around the world through newsletters, discussion group meetings, speakers, and petition signing.
Believing Everyone Should Try (BEST)
Believing Everyone Should Try (BEST) seeks to break down barriers between Davidson College and special needs communities through dance and physical activity. BEST also hopes to raise awareness about special needs-related issues amongst the student body.
The Buddy Club is an organization devoted to working with children with special needs. We seek to help children with special needs by interacting with them in structured activities. We hope to provide these children with a positive young adult influence that will help them for years to come. We also hope to raise awareness about special-needs related issues amongst the student body.
Colleges Against Cancer/ Relay for Life
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) focuses on cancer prevention, education, and advocacy work. This chapter is affiliated with a nationwide collaboration of students dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society. CAC plans and executes Relay For Life, a large-scale fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
Community Free Clinic
Volunteers assist with pharmacy and translating needs. The clinic provides free healthcare services for uninsured adults in and around the Concord area. Dinner is provided for volunteers.
Cornelius Elementary ESL Tutoring Group
We are a student group that meets weekly to tutor English learners in grade K-1 at Cornelius Elementary School.
Davidson for the Kids
Davidson for the Kids (formerly Children's Miracle Network Dance Marathon) seeks to bring the campus and community together while raising funds and awareness for Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.
Davidson Nonprofit Consulting (DNC)
Davidson Nonprofit Consulting (DNC) is an organization that aims to pair talented college students with local nonprofit organizations and seeks to accelerate nonprofit success by empowering talented students with knowledge, training, and hands-on consulting experience.
Davidson Refugee Support
Davidson Refugee Support's mission is to encourage the resilience of refugees resettled in Charlotte and to raise awareness about refugees in our community. They raise awareness through community events, ESL and nutrition classes, the Syria Awareness Series and more.
Davidson Students Demand Action (DSDA)
Davidson Students Demand Action is a student group focused on research and activism related to gun control, gun violence, and gun culture in America.
Davidson Volunteer EMT
We are a group of students who are EMT certified and volunteer at the Davidson Fire Department.
The Dignity Project
Our purpose is to provide the Davidson community (both on and off campus) with an opportunity to be actively involved in the campaign against human trafficking. We seek to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide an opportunity to be actively involved in combating forms of international oppression through events and service.
Duboisian World Scholars Society
DWSS provides mentorship through engaging in culturally relevant educational lessons and discussions with students from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. The society aligns its mission and pedagogy with the CMS strategic plan, and is made up of Davidson College students divided into five committees, each seeking to address needs specific to our demographic. By utilizing the wide array of majors, interests, and specialties of Davidson students, as well as the resources of metro-Charlotte community leaders and Davidson Alumni, DWSS seeks to expose CMS students to subjects and issues important to them. The primary goals of DWSS are: 1) To give students agency in their education 2) To equip students with information pertinent to their future success 3) To expose students to information that makes them stakeholders in their education and 4) To foster a sense of community between CMS students and Davidson College.
Habitat For Humanity
In conjunction with other local Habitat chapters, this chapter participates in local building opportunities, raising awareness about and advocating for housing issues, and fundraising to build more houses both locally and globally. No building experience necessary.
Health Justice Committee
Health Justice Committee is a student run public health organization that works to educate the Davidson College community about health injustices locally and globally. Our goal is to engage students on a wide range of health-related topics which, in the past, have included mental health, geriatric health, maternal health, dating and relationship violence, and preparing for a successful career as a public health professional.
Housing Disparities in Charlotte (HDC)
This organization aims to connect students to homeless neighbors in Charlotte through a variety of avenues from relationships to advocacy, and addressing physical and emotional needs. Students accomplish this by regularly volunteering with shelters/organizations, hosting events on campus to bring together the student body and homeless neighbors, and by participating in the Room In the Inn program (RITI). RITI hosts 12 homeless neighbors from Charlotte every Friday night from January to March.
Mooresville High School Tutoring
Volunteers tutor high school students in math, foreign languages, science, and English. Transportation is provided twice a week, but commitment is flexible.
Planned Parenthood Generation Action
Planned Parenthood Generation Action (PPGenAction) is a movement of young people across identities and issues that organizes with, by, and for their generation in order to achieve reproductive freedom. To ensure that young people's lives are at the center of our movement, our key priorities are: inclusivity, fighting abortion stigma, trans inclusion, elections, and movement and power building. Davidson's PPGA works to promote these ideals throughout campus to encourage a more empowered, healthy and inclusive campus.
Project Life Movement
Project Life aims to increase the number of potential donors on the bone marrow registry, the largest and most diverse cell registry in the world. Volunteers raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow donations and work to raise funds through Tulip Days and the Ben & Jerry's Vermonster Challenge.
Quest Bridge Scholars Network
The mission of our Davidson QuestBridge Scholars Network is to work as a support system for high-achieving, low-income students. We cultivate an environment where students can openly discuss socioeconomic issues on a top-tier liberal arts college campus. Scholars also commit to raising awareness about socioeconomic diversity on campus and the growing presence of low-income students. Scholars conceptualize and partake in community service as a way to remain active within the local community.
Volunteers work to provide entertainment opportunities for mentally and physically disabled youth and adults in the Davidson and Charlotte areas. Such activities include Special Olympics, volunteering at hospitals, and other events that promote a fun and exciting experience for participants.
Students for Serenity House
Serenity House is a local end-of-life comfort care home. Members participate in patient care shifts at Serenity House, training sessions, and community involvement events on campus.
Timmy Global Health
Davidson's chapter of Timmy Global Health promotes fundraising, advocacy and service to support the parent organization. Their mission is to expand access to healthcare and tackle today's most pressing global health challenges by sending medical teams to support the work of international partner organizations.
Uplifting Athletes is a nonprofit organization that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. Collectively, Uplifting Athletes pools together the individual funds of national chapters and delineates the proceeds into five rare disease initiatives decided upon by the Uplifting Athletes organization at the start of the year. Uplifting Athletes will have the ability to make five substantial contributions to the selected causes, take action against rare diseases, and inspire the medical community to find cures. With more than 25 college chapters throughout the country, Uplifting Athletes serves as an organization that stands beside rare-disease patients and their families providing hope, a voice and encouragement through their battle.