Volunteer & Serve


Looking for a way to make your educational experience more meaningful while also connecting with other members of the Kent community?
OEECE offers both one-day and ongoing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to come together and assist community partners, learn in diverse environments, build relationships, and grow personally.

Cook and deliver meals to the homeless.  Tutor children and adults.  Become an activist and address community needs in areas such as poverty, education, health care, and sustainability.

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Campus Kitchen Project
Super Service Saturdays
Campus-Wide Service Events
Service Trips
Leadership Opportunities



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 one of two Campus Kitchen Projects in Ohio and serves more than 18,000 meals each year.  There are opportunities to cook, deliver meals, and provide nutrition programming to clients at social service agencies, community centers, schools, and the Haymaker's Farmers Market.




Saturday volunteer opportunities to connect with a variety of nonprofits in Kent and the surrounding area.  Join us for as many Super Service Saturdays as you can - make a difference, meet new friends, and give back to your community!  Transportation is provided from campus to service sites.  Every Saturday of Fall and Spring semester except the Saturdays after Thanksgiving break and the Saturdays before and after Spring Break.




Come together with a large number of Kent students, faculty, and staff to have a positive impact on the community.  Gather a group of friends and contribute.  Transportation is provided from campus to service sites.

Freshman Day of Service: As part of Welcome Weekend, incoming Freshman students will have the opportunity to join current students, faculty, and staff in assisting nonprofit organizations in and around the Kent community.  This program will communicate the value KSU places on serving others and provide a fun and meaningful way for new students to forge friendships while learning about the needs of the community in which they will be living.

The 2016 Freshman Day of Service was a great success with over 250 first year students, faculty and staff serving at 18 different local non-profit organizations. Look for information regarding the 2017 Freshman Day of Service in the Spring 2017 semester. 

Volunteer FairThe fair provides students and faculty the opportunity to meet leaders of area non-profits to find out how to support local causes through service and engagement, while also in some cases fulfill academic requirements.
Non-Profit Agencies will be on hand to discuss involvement opportunities - community service, internships, practicums and more. Open to all members of the KSU community and general public

The Volunteer Fair will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the second floor of the Kent State Student Center 

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 22nd, 2016.  Transportation will be provided from campus to service sites.


MLK Day of Service: Harnessing the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we invite all within the Kent community and beyond to take the time to better our world.  Instead of a "day off," let's get together as a community and share a "day on," serving the needs of others and modeling what Dr. King stood for. 

Join us Monday, January 16th, 2017More information to come.

KSU Flash-a-Thon: The KSU Flash-a-Thon is a nonprofit student organization at Kent State University whose work benefits the Hematology/Oncology unit at Akron Children's Hospital. The group works year-round to help patients and families financially and emotionally, and culminates in a 24-hour dance marathon held in the Kent Student Recreation and Wellness Center.  In 2016, the Flash-a-Thon group raised over $30,000 for the families! To view the 2015 Flash-a-Thon promotional video, click here. Promotional materials sponsored by totallypromotional.com. Since our inception in 2013 we've raised over $100,000 For The Kids!

The 5th Annual KSU Flash-a-Thon will take place on Saturday April 8th 2017. 




Annual immersion trips are offered as a way for students to participate in direct service, career exploration, critical reflection, and engage in a variety of cultural activities.  Through both weekend and week-long trips, students will be immersed in poverty, introduced to social justice issues, and encouraged to participate in ongoing activism for social change.  The cost of the each trip includes meals, lodging, and transportation from campus.

Hurricane Sandy Rebuild Trip to New York for Construction Management - August 19th - 26th, 2016

Cleveland Urban Plunge - October 7th - 9th, 2016

Alternative Spring Break Trips - March 25th - April 2nd, 2017



Develop leadership skills as you engage in service to our community by becoming a Student Service Leader (SSL).  As a SSL, you are given the opportunity to lead service projects, immersion trips, and our Alternative Spring Break excursions.

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