The one-time opportunities listed below are primarily sponsored by community agencies. Some opportunities are co-sponsored by the Volunteer and Community Service Center such as Saturdays of Service (S.O.S.), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and our Social Justice Series. Additional information on the Social Justice Series can be found after the listing below.

One-Time Opportunities

American Cancer Society

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: American Cancer Society Date: 05/09/2015 Time: 8:45am-10:15am Where: Water Street hill up to College Website: Contact person for event: Sarah Wolfson, Description of Event/Project: The American Cancer Society is putting on the annual Sole Burner 5K walk/run! The signature part of the course is the “Hill of Hope”, or Water Street hill up […]

SOAR Fox Cities

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: SOAR Fox Cities Date: 04/07/2015 Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Where: St. Joseph’s Middle School, 2626 N. Oneida St, Appleton Website: Contact person for event: Laura Lopez,, 920-731-9831 x113 Description of Event/Project: SOAR Fox Cities is seeking track & field assistants to volunteer under the direction of the head coach and […]

Outagamie County’s Citizen Review Panel

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Outagamie County’s Citizen Review Panel Date: 04/01/2015 Time: 4:42 p.m. Where: Outagamie County Courthouse Website: Contact person for event: Kathryn Taber,, 608.215.6961 Description of Event/Project: A community gathering to unite the community about awareness of child abuse prevention in our community. The goal is to have 221 community members stand in […]

Neenah-Menasha YMCA

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Neenah-Menasha YMCA Date: 03/07/2015 Time: 8:15am- 6:30pm, March 8 Where: Menasha High School Website: Contact person for event: Randy Pelischek,, (920) 886-2104 Description of Event/Project: The Neenah-Menasha YMCA basketball tournament is looking for volunteers to run the scoreboard and keep the scorebooks during games. There are 44 teams playing and the […]

Xavier MIddle School

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Xavier MIddle School Date: 02/23/2015, Time: TBD Where: Xavier Middle School Contact person for event: Nikki Selenka, Description of Event/Project: Xavier Middle School here in Appleton (on the corner of Oneida and Northland, about two miles north of Lawrence) has a number of students who would benefit from additional tutoring to overcome […]

St. Francis Xavier Catholic School

Sun, 02/01/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Where: Xavier Middle School Website: Contact person for event: Nikki Selenka, Description of Event/Project: St. Francis Xavier Catholic Middle School is looking for bilingual volunteers to tutor students learning English as a second language. SFXCMS doesn’t have a formal ELL program so ESL students are referred […]

Edison Elementary

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Edison Elementary Date: 04/23/2015 Time: 9 am until 11 am Where: Edison (3 blocks from campus) Website: Contact person for event: Emily Bowles, Description of Event/Project: Edison Elementary’s annual Knowledge-a-thon gives our elementary schoolers a chance to earn money for the school by answering questions tailored to their grade level. We’re seeking up […]

The Trout Museum of Art

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: The Trout Museum of Art Date: ongoing,  11:30-2:30 Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thrusday, or Other Where: The Trout Museum of Art 111 West College Avenue Appleton, WI 54911 Website: Contact person for event: Rebecca Zornow (LU alumna!),, (920) 733-4089 Description of Event/Project: The Trout Museum of Art is looking for new Gallery Volunteers to start […]

Social Justice Series


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What is Social Justice?
Defining the term social justice is harder than you may think. There really is not one set definition that encompasses everything that falls into the social justice category. It is often thought of as term that is used when defending human rights or wanting to change laws. It can sometimes be used as an educational tool to help others become aware of issues around them. Most of all social justice is a word that umbrellas and shelters many issues concerning people. It is not only a term, but an idea, belief, or view of life. Social justice issues can range from educational reform to environmental sustainability therefore reaching out to people from various backgrounds and experiencing. As a whole, social justice is something that concerns and should concern everyone.

Why is it important?
Social Justice is extremely important, especially in our rapidly changing world. As we make our way through 2013 there are still many families who do not have homes, women who are being denied basic human rights, children who are not receiving the education they deserve and so many people unaware of the issues that occur right in their own neighborhood. Social Justice is the stepping stool to creating awareness, education, and doing something about these issues. Social justice brings to light these issues and creates an environment of opportunity for everyone to get involved and help make a change.

How can we help?
At Lawrence we pride ourselves in all and what we can do. As members of the Appleton community we should think of the many opportunities we have to get involved. There are community gardens, schools, homeless shelters, and many more places were someone can lend a helping hand. There is so much that Appleton has to offer Lawrence and so much Lawrence has to offer Appleton. Think about what interests you, what you are passionate about, what you want to learn, and go and do something about it. There is a need for social justice every day! Whether it is through volunteering with a local organization, advocating for changes in legislation, or even just by having discussions about an issue of concern, you can be an advocate for change and social justice.
(For more information about social justice related volunteer opportunities, contact Jaime F. Gonzalez)


The Social Justice Series began in Spring of 2009 in hopes of promoting the education of Lawrence students on contemporary matters of social justice. Periodical presentations cover a wide variety of social issues. Past events include:

Vandana Shiva Service Trip

Lawrentians volunteered their spring reading periods to promote sustainable agriculture in Milwaukee. Students volunteered at Growing Power, an enormous organic urban farm that combats food insecurity through organic farming, community outreach, and education; Sweetwater Organics, a new business that combines the growth of organic greens with organic fish in a multi layered aquaponics system; and Hawley Environmental School, an elementary charter school promoting environmentalism in its students. Throughout the trip, students learned about the issues they were addressing through a series of readings, discussions, and visitors. The trip culminated in attending a lecture given at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by Vandana Shiva, renowned Indian environmental activist.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Students were separated into three different income levels and learned about the unequal distribution of food worldwide. Then, students learned about hunger in the Fox Cities from two speakers from the Community Garden Partnership and the Salvation Army. The event closed with a discussion between the speakers and the students about local issues of hunger.

Saturdays of Service (S.O.S.)

Saturdays of Service (S.O.S.) is a program designed to encourage students to participate in volunteer opportunities that fit their specific interests without the fear of making long term commitments. They are typically offered one to two times per month, provide transportation to and from the volunteer opportunity, are usually on a Saturday (although sometimes they are on Sundays) and are open to all students first-come, first-serve.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to remember and recognize the life and teachings of one of the greatest civil rights leaders through volunteerism and community service that helps the community. This is a national day of service in which students across America help serve to meet a social or community need. Check the official Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service website for more information.

2014: About a quarter Lawrence University students and staff volunteered at local Boys and Girls club after-school program locations teaching diversity and fairness programming. Students read books, took pictures, led discussions, and played games to address issues of fairness and how to promote positive attitudes towards diversity.

MLK Day of Service

Sign up by Thursday, January 15th.


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