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.

Volunteering in the Community

The Service Team provides students the opportunity to volunteer in the New Haven community.  Members volunteer at local schools, nursing homes, animal shelters and food pantries.  Saturdays of Service is a new program which allows students to volunteer at different locations in New Haven on a Saturday each month.

On Campus Service Projects

Service Team performs on campus service activities for all students to take part in.  Service activities include blanket making, dog toy making, decorating cards and creating snack bags for local schoolchildren. 

Get more information on our events and 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.  

Day of Service

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

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.  Donations boxes can be found across campus throughout the month of November. 

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.

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

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.