Transylvania University’s location in the heart of Lexington presents our students with many opportunities to serve. Our emphasis on service lets our students impact the community and world around them.
Around 90 percent of Transylvania students are involved in some kind of service. Ongoing projects, work-study appointments, and special student groups enable our campus community to meet needs year-round. Annually, Transylvania community members contribute thousands of service hours to Lexington and the extended community.
Transylvania’s Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement helps connect you with service opportunities. We encourage our students, faculty, and staff to question social inequalities of the world around them, and find ways to effect change. We believe that any definition of the liberal arts includes an element of outreach and service, both personally and institutionally.
Ongoing service projects
- Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and Alternative Winter Break (AWB) — Students spend their spring break or the weeks between fall and winter terms on a service trip somewhere outside Lexington.
- Blood Drives — Three times a year, Transylvania hosts blood drives for the Kentucky Blood Center.
- CLASS — Students spend the week before fall term doing sustainability and environmentally-related community service work in Lexington.
- Connections College for Living — Volunteers from Transylvania and the Lexington area teach and assist with classes for developmentally delayed adults. Classes include athletic activities, dance, artistic activities, and improving social skills.
- Crimson Christmas — The Transylvania community holds an annual holiday party for children in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Students and children make crafts, play games, and share a holiday meal before Santa Claus comes to distribute gifts.
- Great American Cleanup — A partnership with several Lexington neighborhood associations and other Lexington community groups for a neighborhood clean-up.
- Jump Start (JS) — Students spend the week before fall term doing community service in a non-Lexington location. For the past nine years, Transylvania students have traveled to the Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky to perform trail cleanup, tree planting, and environmental work.
- Make a Difference Day — A national day of service held in October each year.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a day on, not a day off. Student groups and individuals spend a day participating in dozens of service projects throughout the community.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Club — Students meet weekly to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to address local hunger issues through direct service. Sandwiches are delivered to the HopeMobile, the mobile outreach program of the Hope Center, to be distributed to the local homeless population.
- RiTE — Students spend the week immediately before Fall term doing poverty and education related community service in Lexington.
- T.U.T.O.R.S. — Students volunteer to tutor and mentor refugee youth at Cassidy Elementary.