SERVE is the Savannah College of Art and Design's student-led community service initiative. Student service coordinators facilitate programs that serve local communities while offering students opportunities to gain valuable life skills. SCAD students work with local agencies in a spirit of cooperation while learning the importance of networking, recruiting, project planning, decision-making, promotion, delegating responsibilities and more.
Alternative Spring Break
This is a community-service road trip during SCAD's spring break during which SCAD students volunteer their time to help meet needs in another community. Past ASB groups have traveled to locations including New Orleans; Miami; Cherokee, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; Caretta, W.V.; and Ocean Springs, Miss.
Book Buddies is a mentoring and reading program in which SCAD students meet weekly with children from Garrison Elementary School, East Broad Elementary School, Union Mission, and Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is an international organization that exists to offer safe and affordable housing to low-income families. SERVE works with the Coastal Empire chapter to offer regular workdays. During these workdays, students gets hands-on experience building a house from the ground up.
H.E.Art (Healing and Education through Art)
H.E.Art works with cancer survivors at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Health in Savannah. This project allows students to spend time with patients by doing arts and crafts to liven their day and ease patients of their anxieties at the hospital.
Kids Café is a community-service program that visits charitable organizations and engage students in art projects with local children. The group have visited organizations such as Kayton Homes, Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club, Moses Jackson, Yamacraw, and Midtown Center.
Pet Project visits Savannah Animal Control and gives students the opportunity to socialize with dogs and cats in order for the animals to be more easily adopted by future pet owners.
Participants volunteer throughout the Savannah community ranging from bagging groceries for the elderly, cleaning up the streets of Savannah and Tybee Island, helping with the Rock 'n' Roll marathon, planting trees with the Savannah Tree Foundation, and much more.
This program allows students the chance to volunteer in various events on campus and around Savannah with environmental and sustainable initiatives. These volunteer opportunities will also be open to members of the Savannah community. Some of the events include cleaning up Tybee Beach, planting trees with the Savannah Tree Foundation, helping at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge, and many more!