Campus Life

Student Liaisons

Student Liaisons serve as a crucial link between Samford University and the greater Birmingham community by connecting students with ongoing service opportunities at select community partner agencies.  See below for a list of current volunteer opportunities!

Exceptional Foundation

Student Liaison: Devynne Roahrig

The Exceptional Foundation provides year-round services to individuals with special needs who have reached the age of 21 and no longer receive services from school systems. E-mail Devynne to learn more about weekly service opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity

Student Liaison: David Osula

The Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity works to make quality, affordable housing solutions available to low-income families. E-mail David to learn more about monthly volunteer opportunities.

Restoration Academy

Student Liaisons: Lindsey Gannaway and Jillie Rufe

Volunteers at Restoration Academy work individually with students from remedial to accelerated and offer in-school and after-school tutoring. E-mail Lindsey and Jillie to learn more about weekly volunteer opportunities.

The Birmingham Zoo

Student Liaison: Courtney Morgan

The Birmingham Zoo offers both ongoing and special event volunteer opportunities. The Wells Fargo ZooLight Safari volunteers may be asked to help with a tractor-pulled hay ride, holiday crafts, games, story time, train rides and other entertaining activities. E-mail Courtney to learn more about special event and weekly volunteer opportunities.

Bulldog Buddies

Being a Bulldog Buddy is an incredibly rewarding experience which fosters inclusion of and provides education regarding individuals with developmental delays. By signing up for this program, each Buddy will have the opportunity to learn more about Birmingham’s special needs community and help your “buddy” achieve a sense of accomplishment and encouragement in everyday activities. It is also a commitment to a group of highly deserving adults in the Birmingham area that many have never had the opportunity to participate in events on a college campus before.

If you are interested in being matched as a Bulldog Buddy with a participant from the Turning Points program, please fill out the application on our "forms" tab. For questions, e-mail Meg Boothe at mboothe@samford.edu.

Community Service Fair

Each fall, representatives from Birmingham-area nonprofits are invited to come to Samford’s campus and share opportunities for students to get involved. The event is designed to provide a forum for students to connect to volunteer and service opportunities and foster positive relationships between Samford and the greater Birmingham community. The fall 2014 Community Service Fair will take place on Thursday, September 18th from 10 AM-2 PM on Ben Brown Plaza.

Service Cadres

Cadres are small, dialogue-based groups led by Faculty, Staff or Administration, generally consisting of 8-12 students. The purpose of Cadres is to help students gain a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and its role in shaping their lives and our world. 

Service Cadres are opportunities for Samford students to serve the Birmingham community. Students visit service sites once per week throughout the semester and can receive convocation credits for participating. Registration for Service Cadres is accessible through banner.