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Center for Community and Civic Engagement
Adopt-a-Grandparent matches college volunteers with an elderly resident living at Three Links Care Center.
Adult ELL Conversation
Adult English Language Learners is a conversation group on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at Greenvale Community School. Transportation for Carleton volunteers is provided.
Arbor is a program devoted to learning about the environment while aiding in the restoration and management of the Carleton Cowling Arboretum and McKnight Prairie
Art Sprouts is a mentoring and environmental education program where Carleton volunteers lead weekly nature-based activities for students at Greenvale Elementary School.
Arts Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through mentoring.
The Clothing Recovery Network collects donated clothing from Carleton students for MNIC, a public charter school in the Twin Cities supporting low-income teenagers.
Volunteers are paired with buddies on the basis of interests, for example, music, biking, movies, crossword puzzles, etc. at Laura Baker.
Faribault High School Cast
CAST (College Ambitions Start Today) is a high school leadership and college access program for students at Faribault High School.
Faribault Homework Help
Homework help for students at Faribault High School in all subjects.
The Carleton Farm, a student-run organic farm, strives to grow food in sustainable and experimental ways. All of our produce goes to the dining halls.
Faribault Science Club
Faribault Science Club allows middle school students to explore the physical world by playing around with everyday stuff.
Faribault ACT Prep
Carleton students lead an ACT prep course for students at Faribault High School.
Food Recovery Network
Carleton student volunteers recover surplus food from Burton Dining Hall, transport it, and donate it to end users such as the Alternative Learning Center of Northfield and Whispers of Hope in Faribault.
Green Thumbs works to get elementary school students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
HealthFinders works to be an access point to anyone looking to get healthy in the greater Rice County. Patient advocacy, referrals, and wellness programs reach out to all those looking to access health or health care.
The HOPE (previously WomenSafe) Center acts as an advocate for sexual assault survivors, battered women, and abused children.
Kids for Conservation
Kids for Conservation (KFC) was initiated to give elementary school children the knowledge about environmental issues that they will need in order to make responsible decisions.
Lighten Up! “Lite 2021”
The 2021 “Lite!” sale will be held online! All proceeds provide essential funds for community non-profits and also serve as an excellent lesson in “green” living and waste management.
Works with students at Northfield Middle School to get them interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
Northfield Hospital volunteers can provide one-on-one companionship with residents, or lead group activities such as exercising, bingo, or reading.
With our tutoring program, Syrian students are matched with a one-on-one tutor who meets with them twice a week over Skype for term.
The CCCE supports political engagement and activism in the following ways:
Project Friendship matches college students with elementary school youth (grades 2nd-7th) from the Northfield schools.
Real Food Calculator
The Real Food Challenge is a nation-wide campaign to shift dining services food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and towards local, fair, ecologically sound, and humane food sources—what is called “real food.”
Red Cross Blood Drive
This program works with the Red Cross to bring a blood drive to Carleton several times per year.
Ruth’s House of Hope
Ruth’s House has undertaken a project to make available 9 to 10 units of transitional housing explicitly for homeless women and their children.
Help athletes prepare for various competitions, ranging from bowling to track and field!
Swipe Out Hunger
Swipe Out Hunger organizes termly Café Fasts where student meal swipes are converted into monetary donations from Bon-Appetit that support students experiencing food insecurity.
Volunteers help children ages eight and older with physical and/or mental disabilities develop their soccer and social skills – while having fun!
TORCH at NMS
TORCH (Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes) supports Northfield Middle School youth who are potential first-generation college attendees, from low-income families, and students of color.
TORCH at NHS
TORCH stands for “Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes” and supports students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds.
The CCCE Volunteer Tutoring Program is a free tutoring program that matches Carleton student volunteers with Northfield students of all ages in need of one-on-one academic assistance in any subject.
Women Circle is a supportive group of college women and middle school girls that is centered on the needs and issues concerning women. Activities have included creating skits, making journals, baking cookies, watching movies, and art exhibits.
The Young Chefs, an outreach program of the Firebellies student organization, aims to inspire and empower youth through cooking, while providing them with skills and knowledge relevant to culinary and academic activities.
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Lighten Up! "Lite 2021"
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