Photo Gallery: Service at Dartmouth Yesterday and Today

A tradition of service is shared by Dartmouth alumni and current students alike.

Speaking at his first convocation as president of the College in 1946, John Sloan Dickey 29 memorably challenged students to remember that “The worlds troubles are your troubles ... and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” That spirit of leadership and service remains at the core of the Dartmouth student experience today. As a part of its 250th anniversary celebration, the Colleges yearlong service initiative, The Call to Serve, challenges the Dartmouth family to give back by volunteering in their communities.

Since the initiative was launched in January, over 100,000 service hours have been logged by students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and family on the service initiative’s website. These hours represent the community's impact both here in Hanover and around the world.

As seen in the images below, the types of service and volunteer opportunities pursued by students at Dartmouth have changed over the last several decades. Share your favorite service memory from your Dartmouth days or any recent volunteering that you have contributed to the College's goal of 250,000 service hours on social mediaand add the hashtag #DartmouthServes.


Flood of 1927 volunteers
1927, White River Junction. Students take a break during clean-up efforts in the aftermath of the Flood of 1927. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


Dartmouth students serving with Hanover’s volunteer fire department.
1934. Dartmouth students serve with Hanover’s volunteer fire department. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


1958, Volunteering at the lodge
1958, Moosilauke Lodge. Students ham it up with children from Manchester, N.H., Tilton, N.H., and Harlem, N.Y. during a Thanksgiving event. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


1969-ABC Program
1969. William Yellowtail Jr. ’69, center, tutors high school students who participated in the A Better Chance (ABC) summer program. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


Earth Day, 1970
1970. Students pick up trash on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


1990 Special Olympics
1990. Eric Fanning ’90 volunteers with the Special Olympics. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


1990 Blood Drive
1990. A student participates in a campus blood drive. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


Melissa Nguyen ’95 carving a pumpkin with her “little sister”
1994. Melissa Nguyen ’95 and her “little sister” carve a pumpkin on the Green, an activity organized through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Photo courtesy of the Dartmouth Library.


Habitat for Humanity, 2002
2014. Li Jun Xian ’04, and other Dartmouth students working with Habitat for Humanity to build a house in Enfield, N.H.


2014, Day of Caring
2014. Students participate in the 5th Annual Day of Caring, a collaboration between Dartmouth and the United Way.


Compas concert, Haiti relief
2010. Students performing in the Compàs Haiti Relief concert held on Jan. 31, 2010 in Spaulding Auditorium. Organized by Students at Dartmouth for Haiti Relief (SDHR), the concert raised funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. In addition, 25 medical personnel from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) traveled to Haiti to care for earthquake victims.


2016, Haven Volunteers
2016. Dartmouth Feeding Neighbors founder Adam Charnin-Aker ’16 and volunteer Simone Schmid ’17 bring food from the Dartmouth cafeteria to the Upper Valley Haven.


2018. Dartmouth undergrads and Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth scholars take a group shot after completing a high ropes course activity together. The SEAD program has provided academic opportunities to high school students each summer since 2001. Photo courtesy of the Center for Social Impact.


Dartmouth Athletics, Women and Girls Sports Day
2019. The Dartmouth volleyball team mentoring local youth during a sports clinic held on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics.




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By contributing 250,000 hours of volunteer service in honor of the Colleges 250th anniversary, the Dartmouth community is making a positive impact one hour at a time in 2019. How are you currently serving your community or the organizations closest to your heart? 

Be sure to log your hours through The Call to Serve!