A Closer Look: Swarthmore Fire & Protective AssociationThe Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association is a group of student and Swarthmore community volunteers. Responding to more than 500 calls per year, they serve Swarthmore and adjacent communities, providing fire assistance and Emergency Medical Service. more
Community Service Groups
Swarthmore students assist in coaching the Chester High School Debate Team, and organize a spring invitational debate tournament.
Children's Hospital Project
Interested in working with children in a medical setting? Join other Swarthmore students who volunteer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This is a three-hour per week time commitment, and a wonderfully rewarding experience.
Club Despertar is a bilingual tutoring program serving English-as-a-second-language students in a largely Mexican-American elementary school in Kennett Square, Pa.
Dare to Soar
Dare to Soar is a student-run program in which Swarthmore students tutor and mentor primary school-age children in underserved communities in Chester, Pa.
Expanding Your Horizons at Swarthmore
Expanding Your Horizons is a nationwide program run by the Math/ScienceNetwork to encourage young women to persist in studying math and science and to introduce them to new topics and female role models in those fields. more
Learning for Life
Learning for Life is a lifelong learning program which seeks to unite the College community by placing students and staff members of environmental services, dining services, and facilities into learning partnerships. Each partnership meets one to three hours per week to engage in a learning project that satisfies the learning goals of both members. Previous partnerships have worked on everything from Web design and basic computer skills to poetry and photography to cooking and fitness training. more
As a service group, the Lions Club provides a variety of valuable services to the visually impaired community, some of which include reading and filling out forms, reading newsletters and mail, scanning & brailling, and many other services that clients cannot easily obtain. In addition to volunteering, the Lions Club hosts a few events every semester such as shopping trips and picnics that help clients and students get to know each other in a fun setting.
The Swarthmore College Rotary Club creates opportunities for interaction between students and nearby communities, emphasizing each other's diversity as well as common concerns. Goals include addressing the physical and social needs of local, national, and international communities through service projects.
Saturdays of Service
Saturdays of Service is a student-run volunteer organization that coordinates one-time service projects in a variety of areas. Projects include Habitat for Humanity builds, community clean-ups, bookpacking at Books Through Bars, and participation in the Villanova Special Olympics Festival. All of the projects are come-as-you-can, so students can be as involved as their schedules allow.
Serving Homeless Individuals in Pennsylvania (SHIP)
S.H.I.P. is a student-run organization established over 10 years ago to help homeless individuals in Philadelphia. We send three or four students into the city every Saturday and Sunday mornings to provide homeless individuals with food (that students prepare on Friday nights), coffee, blankets, and clothes donated to us by the College community.
Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association (SFPA)
SFPA is a group of volunteers consisting both of Swarthmore students and members of the local community. They serve Swarthmore and adjacent communities by providing both fire assistance and emergency medical service. more
Tzedek is a group designed to offer opportunities for Swarthmore's Jewish community to be involved in community service and the advancement of social justice in local, tangible ways. It is founded on the idea that Judaism's concept of tzedek, or justice, places a strong emphasis on our responsibility to care for our immediate community.