Experience. Reflection. Action. These are the principles of a Jesuit education. They require that you be fully present, willing to question your preconceptions and thoughtful in what you do with the insights you’ve gained.
We believe that here at Saint Louis University, your service experiences should allow you to explore the following questions:
- What did you do as part of your service?
- What impact did it have on you?
- Are you inspired to take greater action surrounding the issue or population served?
We recognize that there are various ways to give back to your community. It can be through philanthropy, one-time volunteerism or a commitment to ongoing service. Not everyone will choose the same route, but all play a vital role in helping to shape a better society. Our mission is to help guide you on your journey of service, no matter where you might begin.
Serving Your Community
SLU’s Center for Service and Community Engagement connects students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer opportunities near and far.
If you want to become engaged with the community, help make a difference and live out our Jesuit mission, there are countless ways to get involved at SLU.
Throughout the year, the Center for Service and Community Engagement makes it simple to start serving close to home by coordinating both long and short term volunteer opportunities for students, faculty and staff. From a freshman day of service event to the life-sustaining efforts of Campus Kitchen, Relay for Life or Dance Marathon, one of these programs is where you’re likely to begin your journey as a servant leader.
If you are interested in making an ongoing commitment to service by going to the same site a few times a month or week, a member of our team can help connect you with a range of personalized opportunities.
We also maintain an extensive community partner database, where you can find information on hundreds of organizations where you can volunteer.
SLU is home to dozens of chartered student organizations that are dedicated to service and the pursuit of social justice. From Alpha Phi Omega and Relay For Life to Habitat For Humanity and OneWorld, joining a service club is a great way to meet other students interested in engaging with the community around them!
If your schedule doesn't allow for an ongoing commitment, consider participating in one of our many campus-wide days of service, such as Showers of Service or check out our current list of upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Learning Through Service
SLU’s Center for Service and Community Engagement promotes community-based scholarship by supporting campus-wide service-learning efforts and fostering university-community research partnerships.
Believing in the potential for academic growth and development through institutional involvement with our community, the CSCE is available to support:
Advocacy and Civic Engagement
For many of you, a day of service is just the first step in a larger journey. The Center for Service and Community Engagement works to encourage personal and social responsibility by transforming volunteers into effective servant leaders and advocates of social justice. If you are ready to take your service efforts to the next level, there are a variety of ways to engage in more meaningful and substantial ways.
What's Going On Now?
1818 Community Engagement Grant Program
What impact could your group have on the community with $1,800? The 1818 Community Engagement Grant Program celebrates the 200-year history of SLU giving back to the St. Louis community. 18 grants of $1,800 each are given to selected applicants to make a positive impact in the community in partnership with a local non-profit organization.