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.
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.
At Service Day, you can work on projects throughout the day between 8 a.m.-8 p.m. You can sign up for one or more service projects as an individual or with a group.
Lunch will be available in the registration center (Stoll Room, Sawyer 410) from 12-1:30 p.m. to celebrate the hard work we Rams have put into our community.
This year's service projects included:
- The Saint Francis House
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- The Boston Living Center
- Emerald Necklace
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Donald McKay K-8 Public School
- Love Your Block
- Suffolk CARES
- Revision Urban Farm
- Cradles to Crayons
- Christopher’s Haven
- Fresh Truck
- Friday Café
- The Curtis Guild School
- Community Servings
- On the Rise
Check back for information regarding Service Day 2020!
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.
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 Service Challenge 2020, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.