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

Breakfast and lunch will be available in the Stoll Room, Sawyer 410, to celebrate our work volunteering with the community.

Previous projects have included:

  • Boston Living Center
  • Christopher’s Haven
  • Community Servings
  • Donald McKay K-8 Public School
  • Emerald Necklace
  • Friday Café
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
  • Love Your Block
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans
  • RammyThon
  • ReVision Urban Farm
  • St. Francis House
  • Suffolk CARES
  • Dana Farber

Check back for information on Service Day 2021.

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, 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, see the sign-up opportunities on SU Connect.

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 upcoming Service Challenge 2021, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.