For over 135 years, Union College has been an integral part of Barbourville, Knox County, and southeastern Kentucky. From hosting events on campus, to partnering with local organizations, to working with governmental entities, Union has understood that it does not stand alone. The relationship with the community and its residents is essential in the success of the college, as well as the growth of the region. A few examples of of those relationships are:
Appalachian Service Project
Appalachian Rural Wellness Initiative
Knox County Health Coalition
Red Bud Festival
Daniel Boone Festival
In addition to the partnerships and collaborations, members of Union College's faculty and staff serve on various local, state, and regional boards, providing invaluable service to the area and region.