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The Office of Community and Civic Engagement works with students to identify opportunities that allow them to make a positive impact on our community while developing skills and gaining real-world experience.

Why does community and civic engagement matter?

There are a host of reasons why students should participate in community or civic engagement opportunities. While these experiences benefit you by providing you with an opportunity to explore careers, gain experience or earn academic credit or financial awards, there is a deeper value to the work you may do.

In addition to the tangible benefits, making the decision to give your time and energy to a local nonprofit adds value to our community. Whether it be tutoring a child, working with at-risk youth or vulnerable populations, or providing support to a local non-profit, you’ll make an impact. If you are passionate about helping those in need, a certain cause or movement, or engaging with the democratic process, our office can help.

What are your options?

We partner with a range of local nonprofits and new sites can be added to help connect you with your interests. These partnerships create:

We also provide support and guidance for Civic Engagement topics:

  • Voter registration - Learn more
  • Connecting with political groups and/or government agencies

To meet with a Community Engagement representative, please make an appointment through Handshake or contact Joe Demarest directly at jdemarest@coe.edu to set up a time to talk.