Community Partners

The Center for Community Engagement links Suffolk University with the larger urban community by supporting projects that serve community-identified needs and contribute to the education of our students.

To this end, we work to establish long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations in the Greater Boston area.

If you are interested in partnering with the Center, please contact us.

Our Partners

The Center for Community Engagement has developed partnerships with the following organizations. For more information on how to become involved with any of our community partners or on how to become a community partner, please contact the center.

Civic Engagement

• Boston Housing Authority
• MassVote
• MA Peace Action
• ABCD North End/West End

Elder Affairs

• Ethos
• Jewish Family and Children’s Services
• Groundworks Summerville
• Rose Kennedy Greenway
• Eastie Farm

ESOL, Immigration & Citizenship Services

• Somali Development Center
• Asian American Resource Workshop
• Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
• Refugee Immigration Ministry (RIM)

Hunger and Homelessness

• St. Francis House
• Boston Rescue Mission
• Boston Health Care for the Homeless


• Fresh Truck
• Community Servings
• Heroes on the Water
• Boston Living Center
• East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Youth and Education

• 826 Boston
• Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Big Sisters
• Christopher’s Haven
• Boston Debate League
• Tenacity
• Squashbusters
• Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
• Scholar Athletes
• Salesian Boys and Girls club of East Boston
• Soccer Without Borders
• Cradles to Crayons
• Citizen Schools
• More Than Words
• College Bound
• Boston Adult Technical Academy
• Chinese Historical Society of NE
• Edward M. Kennedy Institute


Community partners reap many benefits from collaborating with the Center for Community Engagement, including:

  • Increased pool of volunteers
  • Staff support for project coordination
  • Opportunity to educate Suffolk faculty, staff and students about community issues and to work collaboratively to address those issues
  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Support for research projects
  • Assistance with advocacy and policy-related work
  • Expertise and resources for community development
  • Opportunity for your organization’s staff to mentor the next generation of non-profit leaders
  • New funding opportunities
  • Role models for pre-collegiate youth about the prospects of attending college

Adapted from The Promise of Partnerships, Scheibel, Bowley, & Jones.

Additional Resources

The following resources from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse provide background information on service learning topics for community based organizations: