Community-Based Learning & Volunteerism

Volunteer and service-learning opportunities are available at local social service agencies through which students do everything from feeding those less fortunate, to assisting children and adults in learning to read, to providing services that have positive effects on the environment, to acting as conversation partners for international students. Students may also choose to complete their Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR) by using a non-course based option. Students can connect to one day or on-going service, learning opportunities, and adventures.

Leadership Opportunities

There are several opportunities to develop leadership skills as you engage in service to our community. We are always hoping to engage students as Community Service Leaders, Immersion Trip Leaders and leaders in our Alternative Spring Break program. In addition, the Campus Kitchen Project at Kent State University is in need of members to fill positions on its leadership team and many service-based student organizations are searching for dedicated and passionate leaders.

One Day and On-Going Programs and Opportunities

The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University

The Campus Kitchen Project (CKP) is a national organization that provides healthy meals to those in need by harnessing the spirit of student volunteerism within local communities. The national Campus Kitchens organization has engaged students for 14 years and supports kitchens at 38 colleges and high school campuses. Kent State University is the only Campus Kitchen in Ohio. The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University serves more than 15,000 meals each year.

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Super Service Saturdays

Looking for something to do on the weekends?

Join us for Saturday Service Saturday (SSS) opportunities. A great way to make a difference, meet new friends and feel great about what you've accomplished.

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MLK Day of Service

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

On January 19, 2015, join Kent State University faculty, staff, and students and we serve a variety of non-profits in our area.

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Make A Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world. Everyone can participate. Find a need in your community and use the power of Make A Difference Day to mobilize your family, your neighbors, even your entire town into a day of action. Make a Difference Day will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Join KSU students, faculty, and staff in addressing local social justice issues onSaturday, October 25th, 2014.

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KSU Flash-A-Thon

The KSU Flash-A-Thon is a non-profit student organization at Kent State University whose work benefits the Hematology/Oncology unit at Akron Children's Hospital.

This group works year-round to help patients financially and emotionally in the Hematology and Oncology department.

Service Trips

Cleveland Urban Plunge

Join us as we explore homelessness, hunger, and the impact of neighborhood gentrification in one of Cleveland's neighborhoods.

Appalachian Service Trip

Join us for a weekend serving in Appalachia. Volunteers will be part of an educational and social analysis program on the Appalachian region and focus on social and environmental justice issues. Videos, discussions, guest speakers, and tours will introduce volunteers to the community and help volunteers immerse themselves into Appalachian culture. A trip to a Mountain Top Removal Site is planned.

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Alternative Spring Break

Kent State University's Alternative Spring Break trips expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities.

The purpose of the trips is to engage students in service as well as to inform them about current social issues and encourage their on-going involvement in social change.

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