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 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
Winter Term Programs
• Elder Advocacy
• Fair Housing and Hunger
Spring Term Programs
• Arts Advocacy
• Child Advocacy
• Equal Access to Education
• 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
"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.
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