Community Service Opportunites

"Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget Do more than dream: work."

~ William Arthur Ward

Here at Southern, being involved in the community has become a tradition that we have proudly upheld for many years. The university values community service, civic engagement, and social responsibility by all of its members and encourages the integration of these principles in the learning experiences of students. SCSU invites community participation in university affairs and also promotes local, regional, national, and international collaborations between people both within and outside the Southern community.  

Join the SCSU Service Team!

The SCSU Service Team is made up of students dedicated to serving the local community. The Service Team fulfills this mission through collaboration with other organizations on campus as well as agencies within the community. The Service Team works toward fostering long-term relationships with agencies within the community to do as much good as possible. They focus on education and awareness on campus through presenting to classes and organizations, holding programs/awareness events, and keeping the conversation about service alive on campus. This brings many opportunities for student involvement.

Get more information on our events/programs by emailing us at

What else Can I Do?

One of the best ways to help out is to get involved in the various community engagement events SCSU offers throughout the semester.  

Some of these events include:

Adopt A Family Food Drive

Donations for the Adopt-a-Family Food Drive will be collected starting Friday, November 7th through Friday, November 21st, 2014. We will be collecting canned and dried non-perishable goods for families in need.  Donations can be dropped off in the Office of Student Life, residence halls and through clubs and organizations.

Friends of Rudolph

Friends of Rudolph will be held on Sunday, December 14th, 2014.  Toy donations will be collected starting early November.  

You Can Help: Causes & Organizations

Additionally, students may choose to take on and adopt different causes and plan their own community service events or encourage others to offer their support. 

Southern's Commitment to Service: An Exhibit 

Inside the Borders, Outside the Borders

Click on the image on the left to see an exhibit documenting and celebrating the university's commitment to community and global outreach. The exhibit was on display in the Lyman Center Lobby Gallery in fall 2011.

The photography and text by University Photographer Isabel Chenoweth (except where noted) and design by Barbara Kagan, graphic designer in the Office of Public Affairs, capture the wide range of activities and places touched by members of the Southern community.