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The Laurence F. Kinney Program is the Rhodes campus-wide effort to engage all students in service and social action in Memphis and the broader community. 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 and with a grnt from the Danforth Foundation in 1956, the Kinney community service programs have grown to include 83% of all graduating students. For almost 50 years, Rhodes students have discovered the impact of serving in the community. Some of the strongest service initiatives among Rhodes students are Souper Contact
(a student-operated soup kitchen), Habitat for Humanity, Snowden Adopt-a-Friend
tutoring and mentoring program, Tex-Mex (spring break service trip), ESL tutoring,
work at regional medical facilities and Hollywood – Springdale community development
projects near campus.
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