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

Arts- Boys & Girls Club

Sat, 10/10/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Arts- Boys & Girls Club Date: 10/15/2015 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 … Continue reading Arts- Boys & Girls Club

Lawrence Admissions

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Lawrence Admissions Date: 11/06/2015 Time: On own Where: On own Website: Contact person for event: Gaelyn Rose,, 920-832-6889 Description of Event/Project: The Lawrence Admissions Office is looking for volunteers to serve as LU Facebook Ambassadors to the Class of 2020 Facebook Group! Ambassadors are expected to serve as a resource for … Continue reading Lawrence Admissions

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

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Date: 10/17/2015 Time: 8 am – 4 pm Where: Fox Valley, Oshkosh & Green Bay Website: Contact person for event: Amy Neumeyer,, 920-915-6440 Description of Event/Project: Make-A-Wish Wisconsin needs your help on Saturday, October 17th during Bergstrom Automotive’s fundraising event called the Lube-A-Thon. This event takes place on October 17th … Continue reading Make-A-Wish Wisconsin

American Heart Association

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: American Heart Association Date: 10/10/2015 Time: 6:45am-10:45am Where: Fox Valley Technical College Website: Contact person for event: Annie Bongiorno,, 920-265-8578 Description of Event/Project: Fox Cities Heart and Stroke Walk OUR MISSION: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. This Premiere Community Event draws almost 1000 supporters, families, companies and … Continue reading American Heart Association

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Date: 10/03/2015 Time: 5:15-9:30pm Where: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve 1305 Plank Road Menasha WI Website: Contact person for event: Andrea Bierbrauer,, 920-720-9349 Description of Event/Project: Heckrodt is looking for a group of students or any student who is interested in volunteering for our Creepy Crawlies event. The event is … Continue reading Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Bethesda Thrift Shop

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Bethesda Thrift Shop Date: 11/03/2015 Time: 10:00 am-6:00 pm Where: 138 E Northland Ave., Appleton Website: Contact person for event: Mary Linden,, 920-851-3250 Description of Event/Project: FIND YOUR INNER ELF! Appleton Bethesda Thrift Shop is looking for seasonal help. Volunteers will help prep & display Christmas items: Setting up Christmas trees, … Continue reading Bethesda Thrift Shop

Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Date: 10/02/2015 Time: 5:15pm -9:30 pm Where: Heckrodt Wetland Reserve 1305 Plank Road Menasha WI Website: Contact person for event: Andrea Bierbrauer,, 920-720-9349 Description of Event/Project: Hekcrodt is looking for a group of students or any student who is interested in volunteering for our Creepy Crawlies event. The … Continue reading Heckrodt Wetland Reserve

Alternative Center for Education

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:00pm
Community Agency/Organization: Alternative Center for Education Date: 09/21/2015 Time: any Where: varies Website: Contact person for event: Sheena Arndt,, 920-585-1218 Description of Event/Project: The Alternative Center for Education-ACE is looking for a student (or group of students) to collaborate on a short video to use for promotional purposes. The date and time is … Continue reading Alternative Center for Education

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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