Volunteerism, service-learning, social activism, doing justice, servant leadership, urban ministry, civic engagement, community organizing, faith-based action/reflection, engaged learning, changing the world...?
Yes, the Kinney Program is all of the above!
Kinney is community service at Rhodes.
We work with about 100+ service programs and agencies in Memphis. Find out right now how to get started in community service by contacting our Kinney Coordinators in these areas of service:
- The Arts
- Kate Morris and Natalie Ciocca
- Animal Services and the Environment
- Jenelle Francis and Taylor Sieben
- Queer Advocacy
- Allison Rogers and Leah Ford
- Hospitals and Healthcare
- Shawnecca Burke, Allie Elozory, Matt Cannavo, Alyssa Johnson and Alex Galloway
- Hunger and Homelessness
- Aubrey Kearney and Stephanie Kasper
- Special Services
- Chigozie Emelue, Sunny Mattancheril, and Caroline Clark
- Women′s Services
- Kelsie Cox, Huntley Hudgins and Molly Whitehorn
- Multinational Communities
- Caroline Hibbert and Adriana Quiroga
- Lucy Kay Sumrall, Ali Swee and Eric Adamcik
- Mentoring and Education
- Camilla Taufic, Claire Cordua, Holly McGlown, Landon Webber, Alex Friedman and Kendra Lyons
- Community Development
- Danielle Jones, Regan Zehr and Ebony Archie
We hope that all students who come to Rhodes will be part of the Kinney Program by serving in the Memphis community. Please contact the Kinney Student Directors or Coordinators to learn about service opportunities and how to get started, or visit the Kinney Program on InRhodes at https://in.rhodes.edu/committees/kinney/Pages/default.aspx
The Laurence F. Kinney Program
The Kinney Program is the Rhodes campus-wide effort to engage all students in service and social action in Memphis and the broader community. More than token or simplistic volunteerism, the Kinney Program helps students understand our community neighbors, reach across cultural, racial and economic barriers, and seek lasting solutions for a more compassionate and just world.
Beginning with the inspiration of Bible professor Dr. Laurence F. Kinney in the 1950s, Rhodes community service programs have grown to include 83% of all graduating students. For almost 50 years, Rhodes students have discovered the profound impact of serving in the community, as they learn to live their passions for social change and caring for neighbors in need.
In addition to special service events and one-time service plunges into Memphis, most students make an ongoing weekly commitment to service. With connections at about 100 service programs in Memphis, the Kinney Program recruits, supports and motivates students to match personal passions and interests with social needs in the community. Kinney also sponsors voters registration drives, educational events on social issues, service training and reflection opportunities, social activism and advocacy, and works with faculty to develop service-learning courses and community-based research projects.
While sustaining a wide variety of established service sites, the Kinney Program also supports students in developing new strategies and initiatives to address unmet needs in the community.