Service for Humanity

How We Do Humanics

Springfield College students, faculty, staff, and alumni have the opportunity to take time to dedicate to community service through our Humanics in Action program.

A student works in a community garden during Humanics in Action Day.

The Humanics in Action program highlights the commitment by Springfield College to year-round community-based service programs. It provides a way to connect students to community-based needs that individuals feel passionate about, while also providing experiential learning opportunities. 

The Humanics in Action program began as a one-day event in September 1998. It was the idea of Distinguished Springfield Professor of Humanics Peter Polito and leaders of the New Student Orientation program to revive and expand an event described in the 1918 Springfield College yearbook. In the early years at the College, student work groups volunteered to improve the developing campus. 


Program Options

Springfield College community members have the chance to participate in service projects that leave an impact in their communities. Some of the opportunities for service include: Springfield College Assisting Neighbors Program (Springfield CAN), where individuals or small groups of students, faculty, and staff members assist a number of our elderly neighbors with their yard maintenance; A “Suite Read” program, a read aloud program for elementary school youth; or the Community Connections program, for students, faculty, and staff members who want to design a community engagement project that partners with a community group and meets an identified need. Additionally, the Athletes Serving the Community program pairs athletic teams with service opportunities in Springfield, or allows them to create their own projects.

Registration is open

  • Members of the campus community can currently sign-up for service projects here.

  • Individuals who complete at least four hours of community service will receive an invitation to the Celebration of Service events and a free Humanics in Action t-shirt once they report their service hours here. Members of the campus community can also get involved by applying for mini-grants here.

The Springfield College campus community contributes more than 120,000 hours of service to programs in schools, neighborhood organizations, and city programs.