Service to the community is an essential part of Webb's philosophy of leadership development, whether the community is a single dormitory, the Claremont-Pomona area, or an entire nation. At Webb, we believe that service should be a calling, not an obligation, so community service hours are not required, but the rewards of service are immense, and we encourage every student to get involved.
While some projects occasionally involve fundraising, our approach to community service strongly emphasizes hands-on participation. We believe students gain the most when they can see the direct results of their work and realize just how powerful their service can be.
The rewards of community service are immense -- we encourage every student to get involved.
Webb has an ongoing relationship with 15 local agencies and some of our service opportunities include:
- Working with special needs children through Ability First
- Preparing books to send to inmates at the Prison Library Project
- Building houses with Habitat for Humanity
- Assisting elderly residents of the nearby Sunrise Senior Center
- Tutoring local elementary school students through CLASP (Claremont After-School Program)
- Cleaning up Southern California beaches with members of Webb's Project Earth group
- Organizing AIDS awareness events through the Global Citizens Corp
- Helping place dogs and cats in new homes with HOPE (Helping Out Pets Everyday)
- Running an annual blood drive for the Red Cross.
Students can work with these and other organizations either as an afternoon activity or in their free time on weekends. There are usually at least four to five service opportunities per month.
Service opportunities aren't limited to the local area. Each year, Webb's Service Council organizes international service trips over spring and summer breaks, involving everything from building schools to assisting with tsunami relief. Past destinations have included Peru, Fiji, Ecuador, Romania, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Thailand and Africa.