Deerfield has a tradition of service, and the community service program continues to expand and diversify, offering a range of opportunities to serve the school, local, and even global communities.
Students may volunteer to do community service as their afternoon co-curricular commitment, serving on-site at a service project four days per week. Students involved in the co-curricular community service program have worked at the local animal shelter, nearby farms, a variety of daycare and after-school programs, social service agencies, shelters, and nursing homes. Students also participate in on-campus projects such as the Growing Green program.
There are also service opportunities for students outside of the co-curricular program. Athletic teams, advisor and dorm groups, and clubs can volunteer at Second Helpings, a soup kitchen and food distribution program in nearby Greenfield. Many one-time opportunities and special projects are also offered on a sign-up basis. Deerfield students who want to work with children can do so through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County program, were about 70 juniors and seniors “adopt” young friends and spend time with them every Friday evening.
During the summer students can apply for financial assistance from special funds to complete community service projects.