Go back

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Volunteer opportunities, service and APSU’s food pantry

The Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement (CSLCE) provides students with opportunities to connect their academic and personal growth to the betterment of their community.

CSLCE provides the space and opportunity for students to become active citizens from the classroom into their community through service-learning and other opportunities.

Students, faculty, and community agencies benefit from the use of this space to train, present, collaborate and connect the campus with our community. Students benefit from an array of community engagement programs, including; alternative break trips, ENGAGEd living community, days of service, volunteer opportunities and food pantry plus a free thrift shop. Students have the opportunity to enhance their education with the hands-on experience of service-learning courses coordinated through the Center. Visit the Center, located at 322 Home Ave., behind Hand Village.

Alternative Break Trips

One of the most popular service experiences offered by the CSLCE are alternative break trips. Students have the opportunity to spend their breaks (fall, winter, spring and fall) volunteering in other communities across the country and having amazing experiences. These trips are planned and led by student trip leaders, and every trip is assigned a faculty or staff member chaperone. The CSLCE has sent alternative breakers to 12 states and two non-US countries.

The mission of the Alternative Break Program is to engage students in meaningful and collaborative community service in an effort to increase awareness of social and environmental issues, strengthen the communities in which they serve, and foster a strong sense of community among trip participants both as a group of volunteers and as members of the Austin Peay community.

S.O.S. Food Pantry: Assistance for students in need

CSLCE and the Social Work department provide a campus food pantry called Save Our Students that provides extra help for students with financial challenges. Students can get three days worth of food at a time, and after their first visit they meet with a resource consultant who can help identify additional resources on campus and in the community.

The food pantry is at 322 Home Ave., and students can access more information and apply for food through the website, www.apsu.edu/volunteer. The campus supplies the food pantry through donations and food drives throughout the school year.

Find out more about the S.O.S. Food Pantry at www.apsu.edu/volunteer.

Service-Learning Opportunities

CSLCE also supports service learning initiatives across campus, by bringing living and learning communities to the classroom. Students can apply to live together in the service learning community, attend weekly service projects and share a meal weekly to talk about their experiences.

Students who would like to combine their service with course work can register for service learning courses. Service learning courses combine 12-15 hours of service with course material for these unique classroom experiences.

For more info, visit the website: www.apsu.edu/volunteer