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Clubs and Organizations

Social Service Organizations

An important component of service to ourselves is service to others. Carthage strongly supports the idea of giving of ourselves to make our environment and community better. The following clubs provide students with community service opportunities:

Carthage College Chapter of Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a non partisan international human rights organization. Our club focuses on specific areas and issues writes letter/petitions and participates in community education efforts.

Carthage United to Rescue Earth (CURE)
Carthage United to Rescue Earth is an organization dedicated to spreading environmental awareness in the Carthage community as well as the Kenosha/Racine communities. We do a lot of volunteer work as well as on campus programs to help students make better, greener, choices in their everyday life.
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Carthage World Relief
Carthage World Relief is a student organization which seeks to raise awareness for global health initiatives. CWR also supports international efforts to increase healthcare for those in need, due to poverty or disaster. CWR particularly works with the Nica-Agua Foundation to raise awareness for the need of pure water on Ometepe, Nicaragua as well as raise funds to install water purification systems.
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Carthage College Circle K International
Circle K is an international organization that focuses on service projects. Our motto is Live to Serve, Love to Serve. We provide students with service opportunities in the community of Kenosha. We work to raise money or give our time to benefit First Steps Homeless Shelter, the Girls Scouts of SouthEastern WI, and Ridgewood Care Center of Racine. Some other fun projects include working the AIDS Gala in Chicago every year, our PROM Dress Drive throught Belle of the Ball, working closely with our Kiwanis affiliates, and working with other service organizations on campus. If you are looking to meet some genuine people and do service, then Circle K is the place for you!

Colleges Against Cancer
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty, and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society. With hundreds of chapters nationwide, CAC is showing the world that young people care and want to make a difference. At Carthage College, CAC is actively involved in National Breast Cancer Awareness, Paint the Campus Purple, Coaches vs. Cancer games, Campus wide fundraising, Leadership Conferences, and Relay For Life. In 2011, Relay For Life at Carthage made a huge impact- we surpassed our $23,000 goal by 41% raising a little over $31,000! The college was awarded with the Highest Percent Increase out of all of the Youth and College Relay For Life in the state of Wisconsin by the American Cancer Society. We are working hard once again this year to raise the bar even higher and for this year’s Relay For Life. 
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Carthage College Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that works to provide low-income housing for families in need and raise general awareness of homelessness around the world. Our chapter is student-lead and seeks to educate and inform the campus while staying involved in the community.

Live.Love.Donate.
Live.Love.Donate.’s goal is to promote organ/tissue donate awareness. They hold events at the school and within the community to help people gain a better understanding of the importance of donation. They encourage everyone to register to be a donor because one person can save up to eight lives.

ONE at Carthage
ONE at Carthage College is an effort by Carthage students, faculty, and staff to rally support — ONE by ONE — to fight the emergency of global aids and extreme poverty. Together as ONE, we can save lives in Africa and the world’s poorest Countries. We’re not asking for your money. We’re asking for your voice. 

Pals and Partners
The Pals and Partners program pairs Carthage students with community children who are identified as “at risk” because of home life or experiences in school. Carthage students provide a positive role-model for the children, help them understand the importance of school, and encourage them to get involved in positive activities outside the classroom. Participants must commit a minimum of 2 hours per week to the program.

Pi Delta Chi
The purpose of this sorority is to assemble the women of Carthage College in the spirit of service to humanity. It serves to develop friendship among women of all races and creeds. Through Pi Delta Chi women have the opportunity to serve the community in various ways. 10 service hours are required each semester for membership.

Students Against Sexism in Society (SASS)
SASS is an organization created to discuss and support gender equality. We seek to educate the communities about the principles of feminism through entertaining activities.

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