Welcome to the PLU Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES). CCES serves as a resource for students, staff and faculty who want to learn and serve in the context of the Parkland and Tacoma community. The Center is also a point of contact for community members seeking university involvement with local organizations, programs and projects. We recognize the invaluable wisdom housed in our local community and seek mutually beneficial partnerships that deepen student learning while enhancing the common good.

WA State J-Term Study Away courses

If you have an interest in domestic study away opportunities that focus on Tacoma and State issues, the Wang Center still has openings in two WA State J’Term Study Away courses.
Here are the details:
Neah Bay and Tacoma

For more information please email
Pat Bieber : bieberpk@plu.edu

Dec. 13 - Winterfest

Saturday, December 13, 2014 9-1 p.m.
PLU East Campus (Old Parkland School).

Winterfest serves hundreds of local families by offering a place to share refreshments and a children’s fair with games, face painting, a visit with Santa, and crafts. Parents will have the opportunity to shop for holiday gifts for their children, connect with local resources, and access coats, socks, and personal hygiene items.

We need approximately 200 VOLUNTEERS to help the event run smoothly! Please sign-up for a volunteer shift for set-up on Friday, Dec. 12th and/or for the event on Saturday, Dec. 13th. All Saturday volunteers should attend the Winterfest Volunteer Orientation on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8 a.m. Questions? Please email winterfest@plu.edu

To volunteer sign up here

CCES Publications

CCES Fall 2014 Calendar
Upcoming events and opportunities View>>

CCES Infographic
Learn about PLU’s involvement in the community through service. View>>

CCES Brochure
Check out our Center for Community Engagement and Service brochure! View >>

CCES Newsletter
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PLU students create videos for local agencies!

Who is hungry in Pierce County? How do we understand hunger today? Learn more about food insecurity and hunger issues in our community from those working most closely with the issue.


Did you know that PLU students offer ELL courses on campus on Tuesday and Thursday nights?

NEW CEL Course Designation

Community Engaged Learning Faculty. As your department submits course options for the fall, designate your Fall 2014 course with a CEL course designation!