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The Bonner Center

Action plus reflection prepares people to make both a life and a living.

The Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning provides resources, opportunities, connections and direction that encourage the integration of academics and experience, campus and community, self and service, passion and purpose. Each year, 60 Bonner Scholars at Guilford perform more than 24,000 hours of community service as part of their commitment to the scholarship program. One of the first Bonner Scholar’s Programs in the country, Guilford prides itself on making sustained commitments to smaller groups of core partners, community groups and neighborhoods.

The Bonner Center offers: 

  • assistance and resources for faculty members who wish to include service learning in their courses, including grants, stipends and workshops for service learning course development
  • service-oriented internships or independent studies for academic credit
  • alternative break service projects
  • non-credit service through ongoing campus groups or placement in service agencies off campus
  • forums and panels with community partners
  • extensive service learning library with general information, as well as discipline specific literature.

Bonners enjoy a unique opportunity to form friendships with other students who share their commitment to service, both on the college campus and in the wider Bonner network. In this way, students are encouraged to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Student reflections emphasize this, showing the unique impact the Bonner Center has on students’ course of study, career path and view on community service.

Ongoing Service Sites and Programs

African Services Coalition/Avalon

Students volunteer with an African immigrant or refugee at their home to tutor their children and assist the adults with their English proficiency and socialization skills.

Click here to learn more. 

Change Through Art and Theatre (C.A.T.) Kids

Students tutor and mentor children after school while working with issues of social justice through art and theatre projects.

Click here to learn more. 

Community AIDS Awareness Project (CAAP)

Students organize events to educate other students on issues related to HIV and AIDS.

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Gear Up Program at Oakwood Forest

Students help children with homework and leadership development through fun physical activities such as soccer and basketball.

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Glenhaven Multicultural Afterschool Tutorial

Students tutor, mentor and design extracurricular activities for refugee children from Vietnam, Liberia, the Sudan and other countries.

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Glenwood Library ESOL with Adult Immigrants

Students serve as tutors for adults in an ESOL program, as well as participate in social activities and discussion groups.

Hunger Fellows/CKP

Students work to educate, inform and provide the community with basic nutritional needs.

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Students serve as tutors and mentors as part of a program attempting to increase the number of Latinas and Latinos in college.

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Lunch Buddies at Newcomer’s & Jefferson Elementary

Students act as a “buddy” to mentor a child during their lunch hour.

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Pathways Tutoring and Enrichment Program

Students tutor and design activities five nights a week for children at this local shelter for homeless families.

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Project Community

Project Community is a student-run (volunteer and Work-Study) community service organization that provides Guilford students with a chance to engage in meaningful service opportunities (on-campus and off-campus) through various civic engagement projects and volunteer opportunities. 

To implement this goal, Project Community:

  • Works very closely with the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning to operate an office that directly links individual students, organizations, faculty, and staff with community service opportunities on campus, in Guilford County, and in surrounding counties.
  • Keeps the Guilford community informed about involvement opportunities through various marketing strategies, publicity, and promotion techniques.
  • Supports community outreach programs, special events, and programming that is engaged in service or issues of social change, anti-racism, and cultural understanding.
  • Consults with Guilford students to develop and nurture projects and ideas that educate and encourage individuals to promote a socially, economically, and politically equitable and just community. 
  • Assists student leaders (project coordinators) of community outreach projects/sites with administrative tasks, logistics, and publicity of special events, transportation, moral support, and securing volunteers. 
Project Comunity can be reached at



Quaker Cupboard Food Pantry

The Quaker Cupboard, located in the Bonner House, is Guilford College’s campus food pantry which aims to address food insecurity issues* on campus and in the community.

Run under the umbrella of Guilford College’s Food Justice Club, the QC receives donations from area grocery stores, direct community donations and produce grown in Guilford College garden plots. With the understanding that Guilford College’s student and staff populations are diverse, it serves a variety of needs: a snack between classes, a couple of bags of groceries to make a budget stretch, as well as personal hygiene items.

The QC stocks both perishable and nonperishable groceries, hygiene products (soap, razor, feminine hygiene care) and safer-sex items (condoms/lubricant) for anyone who can use them, free of charge.

Students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome to make use of the Quaker Cupboard during during Bonner House hours (typically 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and during extended hours on Tuesdays to better serve students with evening classes. The QC also welcomes appointments which can be made by contacting or via the QC’s Facebook page: Please contact these resources, also, if you would like to make a donation to this vital campus resource.

The Quaker Cupboard’s mission is “for no one in the Guilford College family to go without.”

*The National Campaign Against Student Hunger and Homelessness summarizes that food insecurity is “the lack of reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food.” It is common on college campuses and universities with the potential of undermining the success of untold thousands of students.

Servant Center

Students participate in evening activities and conversation with occupants of a temporary shelter for homeless men with health problems. 

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Community Scholars Program 

The Community Scholars Program provides opportunities for Guilford College students to earn Federal Work-Study (FWS) awards by working with one of our community partners in Greensboro.

The main purpose of the Community Scholars program is to encourage students receiving Federal Work-Study to participate in community service activities that will benefit the Greensboro community and engender in our students a sense of social responsibility and commitment to the community.

The Community Service Work-Study Program focuses on engaging students more fully in service learning through consistent outreach activities, stimulating service experiences, meaningful orientation and reflection, and connections between service and coursework. Students employed at the Bonner Center’s Community Partner organizations learn more about their community, impact the lives of local residents, and earn part of their financial aid award.

The Community Scholars Work-Study Program is currently affiliated with the Bonner Center’s Community partners in the City of Greensboro and the greater Guilford County community. Students working in these agencies tutor academically at-risk youth, complete clerical tasks, plan arts projects, participate in environmental restoration programs, contribute creative ideas, and more.

For more information email James Shields, or call 336.316.2447.

Community Scholars Program Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know if I am eligible to participate in the Community Scholars Work-Study Program?


If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study as part of your financial package, you are eligible to participate in the program. Your academic year award will be listed as part of your Financial Aid Notice on Banner Web or check with the financial aid office.


What is the process for utilizing my Community Scholars Work-Study award?


Make an appointment with staff in the Bonner House. They will approve your request to be a Community Scholar and help find appropriate placement.


How do I find a Work-Study job?


It is the student's responsibility to secure a service opportunity that qualifies for Community Scholars. Students are encouraged to serve at one of the Bonner Center’s committed sites or find an opportunity at the Volunteer Fair held the first week of school.


How are my Work-Study funds disbursed?


You can sign up for Direct Deposit of your monthly Work-Study pay. This service provides you with a safe and convenient way to have your wages automatically deposited into your checking or savings account. This is set up through human resources once you get your contract signed.


What are Community Service Federal Work-Study jobs?


Community Service Federal Work-Study jobs are paid positions. Students are encouraged to pursue employment that is community service related. Community service positions contribute to the improvement in the quality of life for area residents by helping solve particular problems related to their needs. Job categories that are considered community service include:

* Health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial service), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement.

* Support services to enrolled students with disabilities (including students with disabilities who are enrolled at school).

* Activities in which a student serves as a mentor for purposes such as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities, and counseling, including career counseling.

Both on-campus and off-campus jobs can qualify as community service work. However, on-campus jobs must involve a program, project, or service that is provided to the general public in the local community, such as Project Community. On-campus jobs that serve only the campus community do not qualify as community service employment.


Can I have more than one Work-Study job at a time?


Yes. However, a student's number one priority is academic achievement. Therefore,
you should not exceed two jobs at any given time.


How, where, and to whom do I submit my weekly hours?


Hours must be submitted by the 15th of each month on Banner web.


How many hours per week may I work?


This depends on your Work-Study award. In order to make sure your money last through the academic year, you should stick with the suggested hours per week on your Work-Study contract.


Can my Work-Study award carry over from one year to another?


No. Remaining Work-Study award amounts do not carry over from one academic year to another.


What are the tax implications of having a Work-Study job?


Work-Study wages are subject to the same federal, state, and local income taxes as
any other earned income.


Where and when will I receive my W-2 Wage and Tax Statement from the College?


The W-2 Wage and Tax Statement lists your total earnings and taxes for the calendar year. Your W-2 is mailed to your permanent address as listed on Banner web.