Local Service Opportunities

Want to serve your community? The Center for Community Engagement offers a variety of community service opportunities throughout the year that serve the needs of our local community. If we don't currently offer what you are looking for, we can tailor a volunteer opportunity to suit the type of experience you want or help you initiate a community service project in any area of interest.

Service Day 

Every April, the Center for Community Engagement hosts a University-wide Service Day to bring Suffolk students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends together to make our community a better place. Together, we work in partnership with local nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston on critical community-based projects.

This past year, due to COVID-19 limitations, we offered projects over a span of three days, both on-campus and via Zoom. We held projects with the following community partners:

  • 2Life Communities
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts
  • Animal Rescue League of Boston
  • Women’s Lunch Place
  • Victory Programs
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Service
  • The Paulist Center Supper Club
  • Christopher’s Haven
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • Suffolk CARES

Stay tuned for information about Service Day 2022!

Service After Hours

Are you passionate about a particular social issue that is impacting Boston like hunger and homelessness, or women’s empowerment, or the school-to-prison pipeline? Do you want to build lasting relationships with students and connect with a community organization that is working on this issue? Then join Service After Hours!

This past year, Service After Hours was a virtual program during COVID-19. Our virtual volunteer program provided a safe way for students to learn about the social issues impacting Boston and the organizations which address them. This year, we hosted several virtual community partner panels with local Boston community partners. 

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We plan to resume our in-person program as soon as it’s safe to do so. This is a weekly program where you can volunteer with the same organization each week for the semester or the year. This program connects you to other Suffolk students, helps build your network in Boston, and allows you to make a long-term impact in your community. You can join as a volunteer or take on a leadership role as a project leader, where you will learn valuable leadership skills and development, helping to empower other Suffolk students to get involved in their community. For more information, contact us.

Service Challenge 

Every spring, Suffolk University organizes the Boston Service Challenge, "Doing the Common Good in the Commonwealth." This challenge is a friendly competition among local Boston-area colleges and universities to increase each school's community engagement in the spring semester. It takes place over the course of a month and a half.

Service Challenge schools compete in the following three categories. The winner in each category receives a prize.

  • School Competition: for the college or university with the most service hours overall
  • Individual Competition: for the student who logs the most individual service hours from each college or university
  • Club/Organization Competition: for the student club, organization, or team from each college or university that logs the most cumulative service hours

In its inaugural year (2018), four schools (Suffolk University, Babson College, Fisher College, and Newbury College) competed in the challenge, and we engaged more than 160 students.

In 2019, seven schools (Suffolk University, Regis College, Lesley University, Babson College, Fisher College, Endicott College, and Olin College) competed in the challenge, and completed 18,626 hours of service throughout the Greater Boston area in six weeks.

If you are a student or a local college or university interested in participating in our Service Challenge 2022, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.