Lawrence University is committed to preparing “students for lives of achievement, responsible and meaningful citizenship, lifelong learning, and personal fulfillment.”

The Center for Community Engagement and Social Change (CCE) aims to support this commitment by meeting and working with students to encourage critical thought and reflection on the purpose, responsibility, and potential for lifelong learning through service and engagement within the context of a Lawrence University education.

To best find your volunteer match, you might consider subscribing to our weekly email highlighting upcoming one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities near campus.

Life After Lawrence

Lawrentians enjoy careers in...

AmeriCorps, education, social work, community organizing, data analyst, dentistry, dog training

Recent employers include...

AmeriCorps, NAMI Fox Valley, Boys and Girls Club, Muchin College Prep, Fox Valley Literacy, Habitat for Humanity, Kimberly High School, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

The CCE teaches skills like...

Communication, education, ethical volunteering, organization, responsibility, problem solving, community engagment, social activism, managing interpersonal relationships, leadership, teamwork


Visit GivePulse to find volunteer opportunities!

Visit our GivePulse page.

We use a website called GivePulse to track the volunteer hours for Lawrentians. Using GivePulse, we are able to easily set up volunteer events that Lawrentians can register for and it helps us publicize upcoming volunteer opportunities. GivePulse also allows us to record information about what community organizations Lawrentians are serving with, how many hours Lawrentians serve, and what campus groups volunteer the most. Lawrence also uses GivePulse to put your volunteer hours on your co-curricular record.


Viking Ambassadors in Service and Engagement (VASE)

Viking Ambassadors in Service and Engagement (VASE) aims to get first year students volunteering, making connections, and learning about issues in the Fox Valley community. Each of our six issue areas will run a version of this program. Applications for our Spring term programs are due by 8 am on Wednesday, March 27.

Winter Term Programs

Elder Advocacy
• Fair Housing and Hunger

Spring Term Programs

Arts Advocacy
Pre-Health Community Engagement


VASE Requirements

• Volunteers will commit to volunteer 1-4 hours weekly for the duration of the program
• Volunteers will attend a training and orientation session before volunteering begins
• Volunteers will attend an education session on their area of interest
• Volunteers will attend a recognition/celebration event at the end of the term
Volunteers will be present for all scheduled volunteer opportunities unless communicated with their program leader at least 48 hours in advance with a valid reason. Sudden illness is, of course, excused but should still be communicated in advance when possible.


On-Campus Service Organizations

Visit the campus organization directory and click "community service," "social justice," or something more specific like "environmental"  to learn about students interested in working together to serve the community.

Volunteer of Note

Hunter DowdsHunter Dowds

"In our intense academic environment at Lawrence, volunteering provides students with the opportunity to serve their community while also taking a break from their studies. I have met some of my closest friends while volunteering, who have continued to support and encourage me throughout my undergraduate career."

Hunter has had the opportunity to volunteer both locally and abroad; a majority of his work has been in the areas of scientific literacy and disease prevention.

Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement

Lawrence Scholars in Civic Engagement is a program designed for students who are interested in exploring work in civic engagement.

Visit this page for more information.

Recent projects include:


Internship at Appleton Health Department

Working at Sustainable Lawrence University Garden

Working at MEDEP in the Management Information System and the Media Sector

Interning at the Public Health Delivery Innovations and Community Medicine program in Delhi, India

Volunteering for Health Development Initiative in Kigali, Rwanda

CCE Student Staff

Papo (Carlos A) Morales '21, Service Corps Access to Education Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Papo (Carlos A.) Morales and I am currently a Sophomore at Lawrence University. I am a History major with a Latin American Studies minor and am from Brooklyn, New York. Some of my favorite things to do include binge watching shows, public speaking , playing UNO and spending time with family and friends! I am currently involved with a couple of organizations on campus which include the Black Student Union, Men of Color Alliance and RISEUP, which is an college access organization that I am the Co-President of. I look forward to helping local Appleton students from kindergarten to the 12th grade with accessing the education and college that they deserve.



Sara ProstkoSara Prostko '20, Service Corps Animal Welfare Coordinator

Hi everyone, I am Sara and I am from right on Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I am a fifth-year majoring in flute performance and psychology and I am thrilled to be working at the CCE! On campus I love performing music with friends in chamber ensembles, my psychology research, and TriVR every week! I am excited to serve as the Animal Welfare Program Coordinator this year and to bring more animal volunteer opportunities to Lawrentians! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are interested!





Shirley XuLili Xu '22, Service Corps Fair Housing & Hunger Program Coordinator

Hey! My name is Lili(Shirley) Xu and I am a sophomore from Korla, China. I plan to pursue a double degree in Piano Performance and English. I am also a Community Advisor in Colman Hall, a member of Chinese Student Association, Lawrence International and the Women’s Tennis team. When I am not practicing the piano, I love making crafts, watching TwoSet Violin on YouTube, hanging out with friends and talking with my families. I am excited to work in CCE and connect a lot of you with nonprofit communities around Appleton.



Alexis ShannonAlexis Shannon '20, Office Manager

Hi! My name is Alexis and  I am from right here in Appleton!  I am a senior Psychology major with a double minor in Art History and Education Studies. I am the current captain of the women's tennis team and a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma. I love spending my free time with my sweet kitty Cole or hiding away in my room watching Netflix. I am so excited to be part of the CCE staff for the third year.





Morgan FisherMorgan Fisher '22, Office Manager

Hey there! I’m Morgan, a sophomore on the Pre-Medicine track from the Chicagoland area. This year I will be the chair of the Committee on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE), a member of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), a LARY buddy, a member of the women’s varsity tennis team, and a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, read biographies of powerful women, and watch New Girl and Brooklyn 99. I am excited to enter my first year at the CCE as an office manager and I am looking forward to working with you!



Zhiru Wang '20, Service Corps Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator


Lexie LivingoodLexie Livingood '22, Office Manager

My name is Lexie Livingood, and I’m a second-year student from Houston, Texas. I’m planning on pursuing a dual degree in Viola Performance and Economics. When I’m not making music in the conservatory, I like to hang out with friends, try new restaurants, and spend time outside. I’m super excited to work to make a difference within the Lawrence community!




Sam Parkhurst '20, Office Manager

Hi my name is Samuel Parkhurst and I am a senior from St. Paul, Minnesota. I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Chinese. I like to read a lot of books, play video games, and watch Netflix. On campus, I am a member of the Men's Soccer team and of Sigma Phi Epsilon. At the CCE, I manage the website and facilitate communication between staff members. I am excited to be a part of the CCE staff this year!



Sophie Dion-Kirschner '20, Service Corps Child Advocacy Program Coordinator

Hello!  My name is Sophie and I am thrilled to be returning to the CCE for another year!  Growing up I split time both on a small island in Washington State, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here on campus, I enjoy my research in the biology department, spending time with my LARY Buddy, going on adventures with my friends, and piratey things.  My work in the CCE will be as a mediator between Lawrence and the Appleton community, enhancing Child Advocacy, and coordinating LARY Buddies at Edison Elementary.  Come find me if there’s anything I can do for you!