Wellspring (administered by 1 Campus 1 Community) is a unique opportunity for students who are interested in volunteering off-campus and want to make it an important part of their life during college. Students selected for the Wellspring program:
- develop meaningful and lasting relationships with community partners through weekly volunteer experiences.
- gain academic credit as they reflect on the questions and insights that arise when they authentically engage the world around them
- participate in fun activities as a community
Where will I volunteer?
As a part of 1 Campus 1 Community, Wellspring volunteer sites are centered in the Midtown, a neighborhood adjacent to Millsaps’ campus, at community partners whose focus is on K–12 education and anti-poverty measures.
Some of our long-term community partners include: Midtown Partners, the Good Samaritan Center, and Grace Place! Based on your interests, you can work with tutoring children, assisting in community gardens, clothing, or food closets—and so much more!
I don’t have a car. Can I still be in Wellspring?
Absolutely! Most of our volunteer sites are a short walk from campus.
How much of a time commitment is Wellspring?
You commit to two hours at your site every week for a total of 20 hours for the semester. Then we gather once a week for a one-hour civic reflection class. All of this counts as a one-hour academic credit per semester!
Can I do Wellspring if I am an athlete or involved in other extracurricular activities?
Yes! In fact, the majority of our Wellspringers are involved elsewhere: be it athletics, Singers, Greek life, etc! Your volunteer hours can be scheduled around class and practice. Students are encouraged to be diligent in planning their schedules and in their time management to set themselves up to be successful in Wellspring.