In photos: See how our students give back year round

Local children come to campus for the Sparties Running Program, hosted by Autism Speaks U.Autism Speaks U matches children on the spectrum with CWRU athletes who take part in activities that promote socialization, health and growth.CWRU Habitat for Humanity works with the Greater Cleveland chapter to send hundreds of student volunteers to work at local build sites or at the ReStore each year.CWRU Habitat for Humanity raises money to offset the cost of the group's annual volunteer trip each winter, when the group works on building projects outside of Ohio.Global Health Design Collaboration (GHDC) is the result of a 30-year collaboration between CWRU and Makerere University in Uganda.GHDC members develop and implement tangible solutions to problems in the Uganda health care system and other low resource areas.The CWRU softball team works in the Garden at CWRU, which was started in 2011.Since the founding of the Garden at CWRU, which is located on the north side of campus, more than 100 volunteers have gotten their hands dirty.Volunteers through MedLife work in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and Tanzania to empower the poor and help them fight for equal access to health care, education and safe homes.Students repair and adapt toys for RePlay for Kids, a nonprofit that serves children with disabilities, during a CCEL Saturday of Service event. The Student Sustainability Council's sole focus is improving the environment and spreading awareness at CWRU.Student Sustainability Council aims to eliminate disposable plastic water bottles on campus, educate people about composting, and promotes the University Farm during its annual Farm Harvest Festival. During a CCEL Saturday of Service, students sort through donations made to Wigs For Kids, a nonprofit that donates wigs to children who have lost their hair due to illness. CWRU students sort through books at the Cleveland Kids' Book Bank during a CCEL Saturday of Service.The Student-Run Health Clinic, which launched in 2011 by medical and nursing students, offers compassionate health care to underserved populations in Cleveland.The Student-Run Health Clinic provides acute care to over 400 members of the community each year, many of whom do not have health insurance or a primary care physician.

This time of year is often a time to reflect, express gratitude and give back. So as Thanksgiving approaches, The Daily wanted to pause to recognize the students who regularly contribute to our campus and Cleveland communities—and far beyond.

Want to help support some of these student volunteer opportunities? During this year’s #GivingTuesday, held Nov. 27, individuals can donate to 23 student organizations and university initiatives to help them continue making an impact.

See what programs are participating in #GivingTuesday and get ready to support your favorite cause.

Volunteerism is a core component of the Case Western Reserve student experience. For instance, this fall alone, more than 1,000 students spent 2,650 hours in service during events hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning. From gardening to washing dishes at a homeless shelter to assembling toys for children of low-income families, CWRU students give back in many ways.

But this is just a snapshot of the volunteer hours CWRU students dedicate. These statistics don’t account for the fundraising or volunteering efforts of students within the more than 300 campus groups, 20-plus community service groups, Greek Life organizations, and athletic teams at CWRU.

The slideshow featured here shows just a few of the ways our students get involved on campus, across our city and around the world—and today, we simply wanted to say thank you.