"The world is better for it." That's not an empty phrase. It sums up the care and compassion that are the core of the Samford family.
Samford strives to be a university where students are encouraged to think holistically, to reflect thoughtfully, to relate authentically and to serve lovingly, constantly striving to embrace those values that Jesus lived and taught. The Great Commandment that Jesus stated in twofold form is inscribed on the gates to the entrance of the Samford campus: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37–39).
A community that cares
You will discover that the Samford community is devoted to serving others. That’s part of the university's strong Christian mission. In fact, 85% of a recent graduating class reported that they regularly participated in community service or volunteer work. At Samford you will get to know many people who are deeply committed to making a difference in the world. Samford people make the world a better place.
Opportunities to serve
There is no shortage to the quantity and variety of service activities in which you can participate. Whether you are interested in helping the less fortunate, assisting the elderly, caring for the environment or treating the sick, you will find opportunities to give back and others eager to join your team.In addition to the service learning components of the core curriculum, examples of other service activities and resources at Samford include Cumberland School of Law's Public Interest Project, the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's Community Outreach, "Sowing Seeds of Hope" in rural Alabama, Samford's Office of Community Service, Habitat for Humanity, Samford Gives Back days, University Ministries and other extracurricular and cocurricular opportunities.
Caring knows no borders
Are you looking to expand your horizons and get involved on a global level? Consider signing up for one of University Ministries' annual international mission trips. In recent years, groups have traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where they focused on community development ministry among a population deeply affected by AIDS. Other groups have traveled to parts of Asia and Central and South America, reinforcing the concept that the world is a better place because of the Samford community.