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Recruit Student Volunteers


Kleine Center for Community Service

Kathleen Ridlon, Coordinator

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Recruit student volunteers with the Kleine Center!

The Center for Community Service works with students, faculty, staff and with local community leaders to identify volunteer opportunities where the College can collaborate with local organizations and agencies on service projects.

Volunteer projects coordinated with the Center fall into two categories:

  • Short term: Volunteers are needed to assist with a short term event or community goal. Examples of these types of events include students' participation in Christmas in Action, or Art in the Park.
  • Long term: The Center collaborates with a local organization to identify and share resources to develop long-term and sometimes co-curricular projects. Examples of these types of partnerships include students' participation in the Nielson Elementary Reading Buddies program.

How can I register my volunteer event with the Center for Community Service?

Currently, our long term community partners include Neilson Elementary, Knox County YMCA, Galesburg High School North, and the Public Library. The Kleine Center is not currently accepting applications for long term events or new community partnerships. Possible one time events can be submitted using the form below. If you have any questions, please make an appointment with the Center by emailing

For a PDF version of our partner application form that you can save and work on later, please click on the links below. 

Completed forms can be emailed to or printed and mailed to: Knox College Box #213, 2 E South Street, Galesburg, IL, 61401.

Is there a deadline to submit an event?

The Center needs to receive requests for volunteers three weeks in advance for short-term event submissions. Long-term event submissions will continue to be accepted, with plans to implement them beginning January 2017.

What happens after I register my event?

The Center will look at the submission and, pending approval, advertise your event to all students on campus via email. From there, students can sign up to participate. Once a list of volunteers is generated, the Center contacts the community partner with the volunteers' information and confirms a time and place. The students are then reminded of the event with the location and transport information.

Who takes care of transportation?

For short term or one-time events the students provide their own transportation unless the community partner makes other arrangements. For long term opportunities, the Center works with each partner to address transportation needs.

Can I come to the College campus to help promote my event?

Yes, arrangements can be made for you to visit the campus. We can arrange a "meet and greet," where we would reserve a room and invite students to attend a presentation or informational meeting. Additionally, at the beginning of January the Center co-hosts the Winter Club & Volunteer Fair. The Fair is an opportunity for our community partners to come to campus and interact directly with students.

Are there specific times of the year that are better or worse for promoting a volunteer event?

Knox College works with a three term academic calendar. We have black-out times at the beginning and the end of each term to allow for students to settle in after break or to focus on academics during final exams. See the Knox College academic calendar to see when our terms begin and end.

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