Public Service & Volunteerism

Animal Rescue Crew (ARC)

The goals and objectives of the Animal Rescue Crew include:

  • To organize and maintain a group of students who will go to the Southside SPCA several days a week to walk and socialize the dogs and cats that are housed there
  • To raise money for the club and for local animal rescue groups by organizing events and activities such as an annual dog walk, selling T-shirts, etc
  • To create an outreach program to local elementary, middle and high schools that will teach students about the humane treatment of their pets and will show them the possibilities for significant connection (companion animals, service dogs, therapy dogs, etc.) between people and dogs
  • To act as a go-to place for organizations and individuals who want to participate in community service

Constitution of ARC

Ducks Unlimitied

The Club is to be a branch of the National Ducks Unlimited organization. We are committed to volunteering and raising funds for protecting and enhancing waterfowl habitat. At the same time we are an organization that brings Hamden-Sydney students alike to share experiences in the outdoors. We are committed to establishing lifelong friendships that start on the Hill and continue into the swamps and marshes.

Advisor: Dr. Justin P. Isaacs '95
Constitution of Ducks Unlimited

Circle K International

Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. With more than 12,600 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every day. Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. CKI is self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conduct its own meetings and determines its own service activities. CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world.

For more information about getting involved in this global organization, please contact one of the officers.

Advisor: Sandy Cooke
Constitution of Circle K International

Garnet and Grey Society*

The Garnet & Grey Society is a volunteer group of dedicated students who promote Hampden-Sydney College by giving campus tours to prospective students and their parents, assisting in phone-a-thons, keeping prospective students overnight, manning Open House programs, and helping to entertain visiting dignitaries to the campus. The positions are filled yearly, with selection taking place in the spring. Students must file a letter of application with the Dean of Admissions. An interview is required.

*Not funded by the Student Finance Board

Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat club supports the local Farmville Habitat organization.  They organize volunteers for the builds, raise funds, and raise awareness.

Contact: Dr. Susan m. Smith

Hampden-Sydney Mentor Program

The Hampden-Sydney Mentor program pairs college students with local elementary and middle school students. Mentors go once a week to visit their "little brother" at school and become a positive presence in his life.

Advisor: Sandy Cooke

Good Men and Good Citizens

Good Men and Good Citizens is a student-led organization which encourages and coordinates individual and group involvement in the service of the surrounding community. Under the direction of the Chairmen, this organization has several programs which let Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, and staff develop the links among service, good citizenship, and leadership.

Every member of the Hampden-Sydney College community is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities offered by G.M.G.C. If you are interested in any of our programs, or in developing new projects, contact the Director of Student Affairs Operations, Sandy Cooke at  

President's Men*

The President's Men serve as ambassadors of the President and representatives of the College. Members have distinctive opportunities to participate in various College and Alumni events. The men serve as an extension of the Staff and assist with events on and off-campus for alumni and friends of the College. Benefits of membership include valuable networking opportunities with Alumni and enhanced communication skills.  

Members are selected by invitation or application only. Members serve the College through the Office of Institutional Advancement and Alumni Relations. Members should be in good academic standing and active on campus through other clubs and organizations.

*Not funded by the Student Finance Board

Rotaract Club

The Rotaract Club, a component of Rotary International, is a service club for students at Hampden-Sydney College. Rotaract fosters leadership, encourages high ethical standards, and promotes international understanding and peace. Rotaract is a non-political and non-sectarian organization. The guiding principle of the Rotaract Club is "Service Above Self."

The first Rotaract Club was started at the University of North Carolina in 1968. The Rotaract Club is one of the most significant and fastest growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 7,600 Rotaract Clubs in 158 countries with 176,000 members. Rotaract carries out at least one community service project per year, to improve the lives of people around them. In addition, one international service project is carried out each year to learn more about other cultures.

There is a mandatory 60% attendance policy for the club's regular meetings and service projects. A member is required to participate in at least one of the club's community and international service projects. An absence of a regularly scheduled meeting may be made up by attendance at a regular meeting of any other Rotaract Club or any Rotary Club on any day in the two weeks immediately preceding or following the day of the absence. Rotaract membership shall automatically terminate upon failure to meet the attendance requirements.
(Note the club normally meets at the Commons in one of the side rooms during dinner so that a member can eat while attending the meeting. The club makes sure to accommodate all of its members by setting a time late enough that student-athletes can attend.)

The Rotaract Club is open to all interested Hampden-Sydney students. For more information about the membership process, please contact the President.

National Website

Student Museum Board*

In an effort to increase involvement of students in the work of the Museum, the Student Museum Board was founded in the spring of 1990 by Gary H. Darden'91, senior history major from Dallas, Texas. The group was structured in a similar manner to other existing student organizations, whose purpose was to foster the work of the College, such as the Garnet and Grey Society and the Student Development Committee. The initial goal was to increase visitation, especially by students, to encourage students to become members of the Museum Associates, and to increase the knowledge of and interest in the history of the College.  

*Not funded by the Student Finance Board

The Student Network

THE NET exists to provide increased assistance and support to students as they adjust to college life. Take advantage of an opportunity to develop relationships with upperclassmen who can relate to student life. THE STUDENT NETWORK is a place for you to connect to each other. We're all in this together!

Volunteer Fire Department*

Although the majority of members are students, the Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department is neither a student club nor a College organization.  Rather, it is a non-profit corporation that was reorganized in October 1970 and incorporated in 1982 as a Prince Edward County Fire Department to provide protection to the College and central areas of Prince Edward County.

In addition, the Department operates an Emergency First Responder program that coordinates with the Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad in the provision of emergency pre-hospital care. The Department currently operates a 1997 Pierce 1,250-GPM pumper, a 2006 Smeal 1500-GPM pumper, a 2005 American LaFrance 2000-gallon tanker, a 2005 Smeal 75' ladder truck, a 1993 Ford E-350 utility and personnel vehicle, a 1987 GMC brush truck, and a 1988 Chevrolet Emergency First Responder vehicle.

Business meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the fire house.  Training drills are held all other Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Those interested in joining may secure an application from any firefighter or attend any Tuesday meeting.  No prior firefighting experience is necessary.

*Not funded by the Student Finance Board

Hampden-Sydney Volunteer Fire Department Website