BW students volunteer with 100s of nonprofits each year

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At Baldwin Wallace University we strive to be contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society. That’s why BW students volunteer tens of thousands of hours to community groups each year.  

In the past year, Baldwin Wallace students:      

  • Volunteered with 63 Northeast Ohio organizations through programs sponsored by the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement.
  • Awarded $30,000 in grants to local nonprofits through the Jacket Philanthropy Program. Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the program.
  • Chose volunteerism over vacation. BW students spent 5,488 hours serving 32 national nonprofits through BW's alternative break program. The program was recognized as the National Program of the Year for 2018-19 by Break Away.
  • Turned 650 pounds of donated food waste into 765 community meals through the Campus Kitchen Project.
  • Engaged in service learning in record numbers. The number of service-learning courses has increased from seven courses in 2014-15 to 21 courses in 2018-19. A total of 270 students enrolled in a service-learning class in 2018-19.
  • Through seven weekly programs, 91 students contributed 891 hours of service to the community.

Sports teams, fraternities and sororities, and independent faith, academic and ethnic student organizations also organize independent service and charitable events throughout the year.

  • Students in a BW parking lot building a home for Habitat for Humanity.

    BW's annual Building Homes event brings together students, faculty and alumni to build a house in a BW parking lot for Habitat for Humanity. 

  • A BW student with a young girl in Guatemala.

    Though study abroad and international experiences like a recent service-learning course in Guatemala, BW students' impact stretches well beyond Northeast Ohio. 

  • Students prepare meals for a Pack Away Hunger event.

    Students prepare over 41,000 meals for families in Northeast Ohio and in San Andres, Guatemala, in a Pack Away Hunger event.  

  • BW alternative spring break students help with coastal cleanup in North Carolina.

    In the last year, BW students spent 5,488 hours serving 25 national nonprofits through BW’s alternative break program. Students assist with restoration efforts on the North Carolina coast.