Service Opportunities

The Center for Community Engagement has experience assisting students to plan events individually, with their friends, or with clubs and organizations. We’ll help you develop, fund and promote your ideas.

Want to serve your community? We offer 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. We can also help you initiate a community service project in any area of interest.

Service Day

Friday, April 5, 2019

Each spring the Center for Community Engagement organizes a day for the Suffolk community to perform service in the Greater Boston area. The entire Suffolk University community is invited and encouraged to participate in the 22nd Annual Service Day on Friday, April 5, 2019.

Service projects take place during daytime and early evening shifts, with a free on-campus celebratory luncheon that recognizes the center’s years of service within the community. Project sites in the past have included Christopher’s Haven, Cradles to Crayons, Boston Rescue Mission, and The Greater Boston Food Bank.

Service Day Schedule

Morning Service Shifts: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch Celebration: 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Sawyer 4th Floor)
Afternoon Service Shifts: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Early Evening Shifts: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Registration opens on March 18 at 8 a.m. and will continue until all volunteer opportunities are filled. Volunteers may register as a group or individually. Volunteers will receive a Service Day T-shirt.

For more information or questions, please contact the Center

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

In the Spring of 2019, Suffolk University will organize the 2nd Annual Boston Service Challenge, “Bettering the Common Good in the Commonwealth.” The Service Challenge is a friendly competition between local Boston area colleges and universities to increase their school’s community engagement in the Spring semester. The Service Challenge takes place over the course of the month leading up to Suffolk University’s annual Service Day. The Service Challenge will run from the beginning of March and conclude at the beginning of April. Service Challenge schools compete in three competition categories during the Challenge:

  • School Competition: The college or university with the most overall hours will get a prize.
  • Individual Competition: The student who logs most individual hours from each college or university will be given an award.
  • Club/Organization Competition: The student club, organization, or team from each college or university that logs the most cumulative hours will win this prize.

In its inaugural year (2018), four universities (Suffolk University, Babson College, Fisher College, and Newbury College) competed in the Service Challenge, and we engaged over 160 students. This year (2019), we have increased to 8 local universities who will be participating (Newbury College, Regis College, Lesley University, Emmanuel College, Babson College, Fisher College, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Suffolk University.) If you are a student, or a local college or university interested in participating in Service Challenge 2019, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.