In addition to the rigors of their academic programs, Willamette University students, graduate and undergraduate, contribute about 67,000 of volunteer work and community service each year, taking part in such programs as Opening Days and Take a Break while serving as tutors and mentors at Bush Elementary (Tiger Club) and Chemawa Indian Schools.
- Willamette undergraduates put in at least 32,700 hours of volunteer work with more than 100 nonprofits, both in and outside the area.
- College of Law students contribute at least 6,000 hours of legal work in the Salem community each year through pro bono work, internships and involvement in its six legal clinics.
- Students at Atkinson Graduate School of Management volunteer more than 2,500 hours annually by assisting local and regional businesses and nonprofits.
- Graduate School of Education students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program contribute more than 950 hours of community service in schools each year.
Faculty volunteer their time and expertise to assist community projects, nonprofit organizations and schools. Administrators and classified staff are also involved in community service with organizations, including the United Way, Salem Art Association, Salem Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and many others.
The university was named to the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to the community. The local United Way named the Willamette football players Team of the Year, and nominated Willamette's Opening Days for Team of the Year in recognition of student service projects. Graduates volunteer abroad, with Willamette ranking tenth in the nation among small schools for the number of graduates who participate in Peace Corps.
Service Learning Courses
During 2008-09, more than 200 students participated in 14 service-learning classes spread across nine disciplines, providing more than 16,583 hours of service to the local community.