Students and faculty participate in the Campus Kitchens Project, saving excess food from the Dining Hall from being thrown awayOne of the most important facets of sustainability involves social interaction, equality, and justice. One of the best ways to improve local society is through volunteer work. Working with local non-profit and service groups is a great way to build relationships with the community of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Many of the sustainability clubs on campus are involved with constant volunteer work and community service.

  • G.E.C.O. frequently visits Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve to maintain the trails.
  • The Painted Turtle Farm teaches children and community members how to garden and the importance of healthy eating and living.
  • Farmhouse works at a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and often works with the Campus Kitchen.
  • Campus Kitchen is always looking for volunteers to assist with food preparation and delivery.

Get involved with these organizations to have more access to local community service opportunities.

Can’t get enough service? The Center for Public Service is almost always hosting projects and events and needs your help! From preparing food for those in need in Adams County to delivering clothes to the homeless in Washington, D.C., to building solar ovens in a rural town in Nicaragua, the Center for Public Service is involved with bettering the environment and the world through service and public outreach. For other volunteer needs please contact the Center for Public Service at cps@gettysburg.edu.

The Painted Turtle Farm is always looking for volunteers to weed and maintain the garden, to work with compost, and to harvest produce; if you are interested please contact the Painted Turtle Farm Interns at paintedturtlefarm@gettysburg.edu.

Interested in service learning? Gettysburg College offers Recycling Internship positions, and Painted Turtle Farm Internship positions every summer to help improve campus sustainability.