Civic Engagement Scholars are responsible for identifying their own primary site placement, but CCEL is happy to provide support in this process.
Community Service Resources
CCEL has a variety of resources that can help Scholars identify potential primary sites.
- CCEL E-News: When nonprofits have volunteer needs, CCEL lists them in our weekly E-newsletter. Join us on CampusGroups to sign up.
- CampusGroups: Check out our events list to view upcoming opportunities.
- CCEL Community Service Advising: If you would like more individualized help finding service opportunities, please visit the CCEL office on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite #165 near the Bellflower Rd entrance.
Another great way to complete your Scholars hours is by becoming a regular volunteer at one of our weekly CCEL Serves sites. Transportation is provided to these sites.
- CCEL Flexible Serves: You can make a flexible CCEL Serves site your primary site if you sign up on an date by date basis and attend enough times to complete at least 20 hours at one site.
- CCEL Semester Serves: These sites require a semester-long commitment, so they can easily be your primary site as long as you fulfill your commitment and serve weekly.
Contact Adrian Griffin with any questions about the CCEL Serves program.
Many student organizations coordinate regular service opportunities at local nonprofits. You can find student organizations in CampusGroups.
Below are some organizations that have offered regular service opportunities in the past. Please note that a Scholars primary site must be a Cleveland nonprofit that benefits from the service, not the student organization (with the exception of the Labre project). Some examples of nonprofit beneficiaries are listed below.
|Student Organization||Type of Volunteer Opportunity||Nonprofit Beneficiary|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters||College students are assigned a local youth to mentor||Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland|
|Cleveland Public Schools Connection||Facilitating afterschool activities with middle school students||Michael R. White School|
|Labre Project||Building relationships with people experiencing homelessness||Labre Project|
|Habitat for Humanity||Building and restoring homes. Volunteering at the "Restore" shop.||Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland|
|Spartans for Special Olympics||Opportunities to volunteer with individuals with disabilities||Various|
|Colleges Against Cancer||Opportunities to volunteer with cancer patients and caregivers at Hope Lodge||American Cancer Society|
|SpartanTHON||Opportunities to volunteer at Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital and with the Children's Miracle Network||Rainbow Babies OR Children's Miracle Network|
|Alpha Phi Omega||Various service opportunities at nonprofits||Various|
|Advocates for Cleveland Health||Public health outreach opportunities||Various|
|Project Sunshine||Craft activities to benefit patients at University Hospitals||University Hospitals|
|Kids Against Hunger||Packing food to be donated to local pantries||Cleveland Foodbank|