Volunteering and dedicating time to community service projects locally and globally plays a significant role in the structure of Solstice East’s adventure therapy program. Studies have shown that volunteering helps people feel more socially connected and increases overall life satisfaction. Donating time to community projects improves mental and physical health and can aid mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Our students participate in weekly community service efforts in partnership with established regional non-profit organizations. Through these enduring experiences and repeated efforts, students practice kindness, develop an increased sense of purpose, and deepen their capacity for compassion.