Friesen Center for Service & Experiential Learning
Get involved on campus, in the community, and around the globe.
The Plunge is a Huntington University tradition designed to engage incoming students in service as part of New Student Orientation. Students connect with one another while serving the broader community. During the COVID pandemic, incoming students wrote over 1,000 letters to frontline workers like Huntington County teachers. Begin your lifelong commitment to service with The Plunge!
Students set-aside a morning each semester to volunteer on campus and the community. The student leadership team for the Friesen Center for Service and Experiential Learning arrange for students to partner with non-profit organizations, like the YMCA or Kids’ Kampus, to finish projects like painting.
Huntington University annually partners with the American Red Cross by hosting four community blood drives to serve Northeast Indiana. Donated blood aids people who are undergoing surgery or cancer treatment or experiencing a chronic illness or traumatic injury.
Since 1996, the Friesen Center for Service and Experiential Learning has promoted an Urban Plunge to engage in inner-city ministry. The purpose of the Urban Plunge is to expose students to socio-economic issues urban communities face.
Huntington University joins regional universities to fight hunger by joining U Can Crush Hunger with Community Harvest Food Bank. All food items and donations from HU students, faculty, staff goes to Love, Inc. which serves Huntington County.
Huntington University students participate in Operation Christmas Child, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse designed to provide toys with hygiene and school supplies to children around the world. On a given year, HU gives as many as 200 boxes!
Huntington University seek to demonstrate Christ’s love by joining J-term and Spring Break mission opportunities. J-term trips are typically offered for credit and offer challenging and educational global adventures, targeted to the needs and capabilities of our college students.