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 VCSC 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.


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.

Fall Term Programs

• Environment and Sustainability

Winter Term Programs

• Elder Advocacy
• Fair Housing and Hunger

Spring Term Programs

• Arts Advocacy
• Child Advocacy
• Equal Access to Education


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

Danielle Dixon

"My favorite part about volunteering is being able to give back to the community. Tutoring is a great way to make a direct impact in a kid's life."

Danielle is a VITAL tutor, a LARY buddy and volunteers with Food Recovery Network. She consistently tutors a kid every week in areas they need help in.

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

VCSC 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 Freshman 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 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 that they deserve.


Weiqi Liang '19, Service Corps Elder Advocacy Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Weiqi (Pounced: “Vicky”), a junior, studying both Philosophy and Gender Studies. I was born in Guangdong, China. (So, I speak Cantonese!) However, I moved to San Francisco when I was 15. I love singing, listening music and watching dramas. I was raised by my grandparents, so I was passionate about working with elderly since high school. For this reason, I am so excited to work for the VCSC as the Elder Advocacy program coordinator this year. I am looking forward to make volunteering more accessible for everyone because I view volunteerism as a way to giving back to the community and collaborating altogether. Therefore, I am not only feeling reward from volunteering, but I can also make more friends.


Barbara Espinosa '20, Service Corps Fair Housing & Hunger Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Barbara Espinosa. I'm from Quito, Ecuador and I plan to major in Anthropology. I am part of the Women's Soccer team and of the Student Ambassador Program. I love to play soccer, ride horses and read. I am excited to work with Lawrentians and the Appleton community!



Alexis Shannon '20, Office Manager

Hi! My name is Alexis. I am from right here in Appleton, Wisconsin. I am a Psychology major with an Art History minor. I am a member of the women's tennis team and a part of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In my free time you can find my reading a book by my favorite author Stephen King, cuddling my kitty Cole, on the courts or hiding in my room watching Netflix. During the summer I spend most of my time volunteering with several organizations including Camp Hope and Miracle League.  I am so excited to be part of the VCSC team. I look forward to helping students find fun, creative ways to get out and give back to the community.


Sally Alvarado '17, Office Manager

Hi! My name is Sally, and I am from Skokie, Illinois. I am a senior here at Lawrence, majoring in Music Education and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I am the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, and the president of the ACDA chapter at Lawrence. I am also on the board for Deep Listeners of LU and the NAfME chapter at Lawrence, and a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and Mortar Board. My favorite season is Fall, and in my free time, I enjoy crafting, eating chocolate, and spending time with friends. I am so excited to be working at the VCSC again this year. I am passionate about social justice and volunteering, and I am excited to be part of a team of people who feel the same, and where I can push myself to learn more about social justice issues in the world and be active in our own community!


Allie Horton '19, Service Corps Environmental Sustainability Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Allie Horton and I'm from the tiny town of Dodgeville, WI. I'm a junior, majoring in general/choral music education. I'm involved in some awesome things on campus, including SLUG, ORC, intramural soccer, the LARY Buddy program, Deep Listening Club, and CORE. I'm also a member of Cantala and IGLU (Improvisation Group of LU) over in the conservatory. I love being in the sunshine, listening to good music, and saving worms who are stranded on the sidewalk. I'm looking forward to bringing amazing volunteer opportunities to Lawrentians as the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator!


Claudia Loza '18, Service Corps Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Claudia Loza and I am currently a senior at Lawrence University. I am a neuroscience major with a premed focus and am from Chicago, Illinois. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, creative writing, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends! I am currently involved with a couple of organizations on campus which include Alianza and CODA.



Sam Taylor '19, Service Corps Access to the Arts Program Coordinator

Hello there! My name is Sam Taylor, and I couldn't be more excited to join the VCSC Team! I'm from Monona, WI (Madison area). While I'm currently undecided as to what my major will be, I am thoroughly involved with different groups and programs around campus. I participate in several ensembles at the Conservatory, including the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo (where I play bass). Some of my favorite hobbies include tap dancing, tennis, and eating corn dogs. I look forward to promoting volunteer work through the arts and to collaborating with students and Appletonians to build a more unified community.


Sam Parkhurst '20, Office Manager

Hi my name is Samuel Parkhurst and I am a sophomore from St. Paul, Minnesota. I am majoring in Computer Science and 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. I am excited to be a part of the Volunteer Center staff this year!



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

Hello!  My name is Sophie and I am thrilled to be a new member of the VCSC!  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 VCSC 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!

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