CCEL Service Day

group of CWRU students participating in the CCEL service day event during discover week

The Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL) works to create an engaged campus by providing and supporting opportunities for community service and collective action while promoting civic awareness and leadership.

As part of Discover Week, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning's annual CCEL Service Day! Students can choose from 8 service projects or volunteer information sessions, including several virtual options and socially distanced in person activities.There will be three time slots available throughout the day in conjunction with our Discover Cleveland program activities. We encourage students to take advantage of both programs. Register for this program via your new student Roadmap!

A full list of project sites and descriptions is below:

LibriVox volunteers read and record chapters of books in the public domain (i.e. books no longer under copyright; primarily those published before 1923), and make them available for free on the Internet. Recordings (including yours!) are also going to be donated into the public domain so that others may enjoy childhood classics in audio format.

Zooniverse is an online platform for people-powered research, allowing researchers to analyze their information more quickly and accurately than would otherwise be possible with the help of virtual volunteers. Volunteers can start immediately on one of the many projects, such as helping fight resistance to antibiotics, helping classify galaxies to understand how they formed, or helping monitor the recovery of ecosystems.

CWRU's Project Sunshine student chapter is a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization that provides numerous free programs and services to children with cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. In this project you will learn about Project Sunshine's mission and assemble activity kits that will be sent to children currently staying in the hospital.

Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in a variety of locations including hospitals and social service agencies. Be a part of this important endeavor by completing fleece blankets that will be given to the local Project Linus chapter for future donation.

Learn about CWRU’s Digitized Student Newspaper Archives. Nine newspaper titles with over 6,000 issues featuring over 300,000 articles have been digitized with optical character recognition (OCR). While the OCR technology is very good, it is not perfect. Volunteers are needed to become ORC text correctors and you'll learn about this as well as CWRU’s history and the experiences of former CWRU students!

Free Minds, a nonprofit based in Washington, DC, uses books and creative writing to empower youth who are incarcerated to transform their lives. In this project you will gather virtually to give feedback on the poets’ writings, which will be shared feedback will be shared with the poets. An introduction to the project will be provided and participants will be guided through this powerful experience.

Did you know in 2018, CWRU students ages 18-21 had a voting rate of only 25.3%? This session will provide everything you need to know to vote in the upcoming 2020 election. We will provide an introduction to voter registration, voter education, and general information on political engagement. We’ll be discussing getting registered to vote, how to use TurboVote, different ways to vote, election information, and other political engagement opportunities.

Are you passionate about community service, but not sure how it will work as a new CWRU student? In this session the staff of the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) will introduce you to our office and talk about how you can incorporate volunteerism into your life at CWRU!