CCEL Serves

CCEL Serves is designed to offer CWRU students a variety of structured opportunities to get involved in community service including one-time and semester-long experiences.

Flexible Pop-Up Experiences

Through Flexible Pop-Ups, students can engage with other CWRU students to contribute to a project that benefits a community organization. Topics and projects change throughout the semester and students can sign-up as their schedule allows.

Opportunities during the semester will be listed on CCEL's CampusGroups events. Students are welcome to join the waitlist if their date of interest is full. Students not registered can also come directly to the CCEL office (Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 165, first floor) at the program's start time on the day of the event to see if a space becomes available.

Below is our Fall 2022 Flexible and Pop-Up Schedule.  Select the link for the specific event (or date) you would like to serve to learn more about each site and sign up for an opportunity. 

Day Time Site Volunteer Activity
Tue 4:45 - 7:00 p.m.

Cleveland Botanical Garden

Help the team string lights on cut trees in preparations for decorating for the Garden Holiday exhibit. 
Thurs 2:45 - 4:45 p.m. Goods Bank Goods Bank NEO help nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations provide new goods to the people they serve or use them to support their operations, all for a nominal handling fee. Volunteers will help sort and stock shelves, build furniture pieces and help visitors shop.
Thurs 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cleveland Food Bank Help sort, prepare, box, and repack food to be distributed to local food pantries, hunger centers, and shelters to serve families and singles in need. The following Thursdays: 10/13, 10/20, 11/10, 12/1 and 12/8.
Fri 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. MedWish MedWish collects and delivers medical supplies to those providing medical care in developing countries.  Volunteers will help sort materials for future shipments.  The following Fridays: 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, & 12/9

Semester Experiences

Small groups of students volunteer together at a local nonprofit organization on a weekly basis. Semester sites require at least one semester of commitment. Many of the sites work directly with vulnerable populations, so building relationships and trust are critical including tutoring and mentoring youth, tutoring adults on the GED, and visiting with seniors. Each site has a leader who coordinates the group and provides transportation to and from the site.

Each semester students interested in joining one of the available sites must register on CampusGroups. If your preferred site is full, you can join the waitlist for the event or contact Danielle Hickman ( with questions. Spots are limited at the sites, so they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Fall 2022 Semester Opportunities Posted!

Below is our Fall 2022 schedule. Follow the links below to learn more about each site and sign up for an opportunity. 




Volunteer Activity


3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Cleveland Heights Public Library - Lee Road

Provide after school homework help or guide youth (grades K-8) in literacy, STEM, or related skill-building activities and games in a library setting.

Tue 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Seeds of Literacy Assist adults with academic material as they work to complete their GED.


2:45 – 5:15 p.m.

Advantage CLE

Guide youth (grades 1-4) at a local elementary school in after-school activities including wellness, literacy, creative writing, and STEM.


1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

William Rainey Harper School, CMSD

Assist students at a Cleveland International Baccalaureate elementary school (grades 1st-6th) with homework and academic learning on a tech-based platform during the school’s activities period.


CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources (216.368.5230 or, and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.