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

The Building for Kids

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 6:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: The Building for Kids Date: 2/17, 2/19, 02/20, 2/21/2016 Time: 1:10pm-2:30pm and varies Contact person for event: Jill Bockin,, 920-734-3226 x 16 Description of Event/Project: Story Book Stars-Little Critter.  Dress up as our story book character while the story is being read families!

The Building For Kids

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:57pm
Community Agency/Organization: The Building For Kids Date: Wednesday Afternoons, Hours are flexible Contact person for event: Jill Bockin,, 920-734-3226 x 16 Description of Event/Project: Come on in and help us with our sanitizing and cleaning of our toys and exhibits! Help us keep our patrons healthy!

Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 12:00am
Community Agency/Organization: Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve Date: Varies Time: 9:00am-3:00pm for school groups and weekends for public programming Where: Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve Website: Contact person for event: Courtney Osenroth,,(920)731-6041 Description of Event/Project: Looking for students interested in becoming Teacher Naturalists and to support public programs. For Teacher Naturalists, once a season students would have … Continue reading Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve

SOAR Fox Cities

Mon, 01/04/2016 - 12:00am
Community Agency/Organization: SOAR Fox Cities Where: Appleton West High School Website: Contact person for event: Laura Lopez,, 9207319831 Description of Event/Project: SOAR Fox Cities is seeking a volunteer deck coach for our Special Olympics Swimming program. The deck coach will work with other coaches and volunteers to run practices and attend meets with … Continue reading SOAR Fox Cities

Appleton Bilingual School

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 3:24pm
Community Agency/Organization: Appleton Bilingual School Date: January – June 2016 Time: one afternoon per week Where: Appleton Bilingual School, 913 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911, (920) 832-4125 Website: Contact person for event: Nancy Bowen,, (920) 832-4125 Description of Event/Project: Our 5th grade class is seeking Spanish speaking mentors to work with during class … Continue reading Appleton Bilingual School

Arts- Boys & Girls Club

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Arts- Boys & Girls Club Date: varies Time: 11:00-2:00 hours can vary during this time Where: Boys & Girls Club of Appleton Contact person for event: Claudia Loza,, (708)355-1961 Description of Event/Project:Interested in Fine Arts Prep Work? The Boys & Girls Club of Appleton is providing this school year volunteer opportunity to get … Continue reading Arts- Boys & Girls Club

CAP Services

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: CAP Services Where: Fox Cities Area Contact person for event: Charis Hoff,, 920-968-6365 ext 6566 Program Overview: Project TEAM is a unique volunteer based program designed to help families achieve their goals. This family-centered program promotes self sufficiency, stronger families and reduced isolation through mentorship and on-going support. In achieving these goals, … Continue reading CAP Services

Edison/Columbus School

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Edison/Columbus School Date: 11/17/2015 Time: 2 pm Where: Edison School Contact person for event: Allison Thome,, 832-6235 Description of Event/Project: I would love to have a accompanist for my K-3 programs at Columbus and Edison Schools in November. The dates are 11-17 and 11-19 and the programs will be from 2:15 – … Continue reading Edison/Columbus School

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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