CWRU students volunteering working a booth teaching kids to extract their DNA and making a necklace with it during an eclipse event
CWRU students volunteering at Eclipse Fest, an event at the Great Lakes Science Center hosted with NASA's Glenn Research Center and The Cleveland Orchestra. The students' booth taught kids how to extract their own DNA and place it in a necklace that they could take home. Photo by Social Media Ambassador Ajitesh Lalam.

Spartans in Service: Discover three volunteer programs at CWRU

On April 13, 130 students from Case Western Reserve University served at 16 different local nonprofit partner organizations in recognition of the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning (CCEL)’s Saturday of Service. During this event, students participated in various activities including: 

  • Helping community members access clothing and food donations, 
  • Preparing community gardens for spring, 
  • Sorting and packing books by reading level for donation to area youth, 
  • Participating in neighborhood beautification with the Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation, and
  • Helping clean out and organize storage and supply areas for a partner nonprofit serving families experiencing homelessness. 

Were you unable to participate in this event but want to get involved in the community? The Daily’s got you covered. In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), discover three opportunities offered by CCEL throughout the year.

CCEL Serves 

Whether you’re looking to serve once or occasionally, CCEL Serves is a great way to get involved. Opt to serve one time or occasionally through Flex Serves, the program format that allows you to sign up for various projects that fit your academic schedule each academic semester. Activities range from sorting food for CWRU’s Physical Resource Center, serving families in need at the Cleveland Food Bank, or participating in other volunteer activities. 

View the spring 2024 Flex Serves schedule.

Civic Engagement Scholars

Undergraduate and graduate students from all academic years and majors are eligible to become Civic Engagement Scholars, whether studying on campus or remotely. In addition to completing at least 30 civic engagement hours, you’ll be required to complete community-focused training and a final year-end written reflection as a scholar. 

Learn more about this opportunity.

Fall Community Service Fair

Plan ahead to explore volunteer opportunities across a variety of local nonprofit organizations—including Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals and Holden Forests and Gardens—at CCEL’s Community Service Fair, held each fall. All members of the CWRU community are welcome to attend. 

Find more information on the next event.