Bennington students devote themselves to a number of community outreach efforts, often tied to their academic pursuits. Meaningful engagement in the communities surrounding campus provides opportunities for students to contribute through service and leadership while broadening students' perspectives on issues and initiatives.

Organize an arts event, translate at the free clinic, mentor a child, help build a home, raise awareness on social issues, deliver meals, teach a class, or develop a project of your own. Local organizations welcome your expertise and provide a setting for discovering new skills.

Bennington offers support for students interested in engaging with the community by facilitating student connections with local organizations and helping students overcome logistical barriers to engagement. Here is a sampling of opportunities, listed alphabetically, with information about the organization, the opportunities available to students, and transportation options. If you have any questions about any of these organizations or are unsure of the best fit for you, contact Michael Thomson in the Office of Student Life.



Community Engagement: Activities/Events

  • HAYC3

  • Images Cinema

  • Left Bank


  • Vermont Arts Exchange

  • Vermont Veterans Home

Animal Care

Community Engagement: Animal Care

  • Second Chance Animal Center

Bennington College Groups and Initiatives

Community Engagement: Bennington College Groups and Initiatives

  • The American Red Cross



  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Quantum Leap

Conflict Resolution

Community Engagement: Conflict Resolution

  • Center for Restorative Justice

Domestic Violence

Community Engagement: Addressing Harm

  • Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE)

Fulfilling Basic Needs

Community Engagement: Fulfilling Basic Needs

  • Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless

  • The Bennington Free Clinic (BFC)

  • Bennington Rutland Opportunity Council (BROC)

  • HIS Pantry

  • Kitchen Cupboard

  • Meals On Wheels

  • Shaftsbury Fire Department

  • Turning Point Center

  • United Ways of Vermont-Bennington


Community Engagement: Mentor/Education

  • Bennington Free Library

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • Head Start

  • Seedlings

  • Sunrise Family Resource Center

  • United Counseling Service

  • Village School of North Bennington

Senior Care

Community Engagement: Senior Care

  • Bennington Project Independence

  • VNA and Hospice of SVMC