Department of Campus Involvement

Get Involved in Service


Civic engagement events

There are many ways for you to get involved. Check out our events page.

On-Campus service opportunities

Cultural Nights in Atwood Memorial Center

Help international students plan a cultural night that showcases their home nation. Work typically includes decorating, serving food and helping with set up and tear down. Check out the Atwood Center Events Calendar and contact the student organization for more information about specific volunteer needs.

University Programming Board (UPB)

You can help UPB with many events that are planned and facilitated by students for students, including concerts, film showings, musical performances. 


Serve with a St. Cloud area organization

Volunteer Central Minnesota is a service of United Way of Central Minnesota that instantly links you to volunteer opportunities that match your interests and skills. Once you identify an agency of interest, phone or email their volunteer coordinator.

Sign up for our free monthly newsletter to receive the current volunteer needs in the area.

The Civic Engagement Service Bulletin (PDF) lists information about service opportunities, special events, and nonprofit agencies that we hope will help you get involved in the community. This bulletin is emailed once a month during the fall and spring semesters.

Civic Engagement Campus Networks

Minnesota Campus Compact

Minnesota Campus Compact supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities.

Civic work and partnerships vary from campus to campus, based on the priorities, cultures and community assets.

Minnesota Campus Compact works toward these goals:

  • promoting the success of Minnesota’s increasingly diverse students;
  • advancing the kinds of community-engaged learning that develop the knowledge, skills, creativity, courage, and persistence critical for work, life, and citizenship; and
  • developing innovate collaborations that advance educational and economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, public health, and other social goods.

Get more information

St. Cloud Area Volunteer Coordinators

St. Cloud Area Volunteer Coordinator (SCAVC) is a non-profit organization that builds the profession of volunteer management and promotes volunteerism. Membership includes people from community organizations and agencies that recruit volunteers in greater St. Cloud. Through community collaborations and educational events, SCAVC is working to expand the impact of volunteerism.

Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration

Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is the state's largest professional membership association for leaders of volunteers. MAVA unites administrators of structured volunteer programs, as well as those who have an interest in promoting volunteerism. Through its advocacy efforts, MAVA provides a respected, energetic voice for volunteerism.

MAVA members represent all sectors of society, including faith communities, health care, social service, education, government and grassroots organizations. It provides a forum and directory through which members can network!

Service Bulletin/Newsletter

Subscribe to the Service Bulletin

The Civic Engagement Service Bulletin (PDF) lists service opportunities, special events and nonprofit agencies that will help you get involved in the community. This bulletin is emailed once a month during the fall and spring semesters.

Service Bulletin Spring 2020 - Issue 1

Benefits of Service Work

Gain while you give

Anyone can serve, and there are many benefits to getting involved.

  • Enhance your academic experience by using new skills and knowledge in real-life situations
  • Gain a sense of belonging at St. Cloud State community and in the community
  • Develop leadership skills and share your talents
  • Fulfill your sense of civic responsibility and caring for others
  • Learn about social change, meet community needs and support a cause
  • Volunteering is fun and is a great way to meet new people
  • Explore possible careers and gain job know-how through hands-on experiences in the field
  • Improve your employment and graduate school chances with an enhanced resume

Volunteering aids employment

  • Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism
  • Jobs board at the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration website
  • Former college student Mai Tao Yang explains in a video: "I am who I am today because of volunteering" 

Volunteering and Psychological Health

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