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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

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. Get more information on our events and programs by emailing us at


What else Can I Do?

One of the best ways to get involved is to take part in Southern's campus-wide service events.

1. Backpack and School Supply Drive - New, and returning, students and staff are invited to donate backpacks and school supplies that will be donated to local schoolchildren. The backpack and school supply drive is open from the middle of August through the first week of classes.

2.Day of Service - The Ronald D. Herron Day of Service is a day in late September designated for Southern students, faculty and staff to work side by side on service projects in the New Haven community.

3.Adopt A Family Food Drive - Adopt A Family is a campus-wide service event, where students,staff and faculty can donate canned and dried non-perishable food items for local families in need. Donation boxes can be found across campus throughout the month of November.

4. Friends of Rudolph - In collaboration with the New Haven Police Department, members of the Southern community can donate a new, unwrapped, nonviolent toy to be donated to children from the New Haven community.

5.The Big Event - The Big Event is a campus wide service initiative in which the Southern community comes together to support the New Haven community through service and volunteerism.


You Can Help: Causes & Organizations

Students and staff may choose to take on and adopt different causes and plan their own community service events. 

Local Service Opportunities - In addition to volunteer with the Service Commission, there are multiple opportunities for students to get involved in the local community.

Hamden Youth Services Bureau provides a variety of services and programs for children and families from the Town of Hamden. Students who are interested in getting involved should visit the Hamden Youth Services Bureau website to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Alternative Spring Break - Students have the opportunity to volunteer both locally and nationally with alternative spring break. Habitat for Humanity, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the AmeriCorps VISTA all plan alternative spring break options for interested students.

Nationwide Service Opportunities - AmeriCorps has many opportunities for students. FoodCorps and the CT Food Justice Youth Corps VISTA Project are two projects in Connecticut that offer a unique workplace experience for students interested in food systems and food justice. Teach for America works to strengthen educational equity in the United States by training corps members to become great teachers and leaders in communities across the nation.