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Community Programs

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Nursing students help out at the Humility of Mary Shelter

While many good things happen in our classrooms and on our campus, St. Ambrose University students, alumni, faculty and staff are part of making good things happen in the Quad Cities community.


During a typical academic year, Ambrose students volunteer more than 80,000 service hours to local projects and organizations ranging from the campus Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America chapter to building a house for a local family, raking a neighbor's yard, and helping the disabled experience waterskiing.

Students coordinate semi-annual campus blood drives and raise funds for organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Scott County Special Olympics. They also take service trips to places that include:

  • Inner-city Chicago
  • East St. Louis
  • Appalachia
  • New Orleans
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Ireland

Every Ambrose athletics team completes at least three service projects a year, often with community youth. Each Christmas, student-athletes deliver gifts and play Santa for children at Madison Elementary School. Other teams serve dinner once a month at a local soup kitchen and host local school children on campus to teach them a sport.


Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff share their skills and talents through board service and volunteer activities. At least half of our faculty members serve on at least one community board or advisory committee, and almost 10% serve on four or more. Almost two-thirds volunteer for a community organization.

Overall, service by Ambrose faculty and staff has assisted 114 different organizations, including:

  • CASI
  • Hand in Hand
  • Rebuilding Quad Cities Together
  • Davenport East Little League
  • Camp Shalom
  • Scott County Regional Authority
  • Local churches
  • School Boards
  • Parent-teacher organizations