Center for Community Engagement & Service

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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.
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Omm, Library & Athletics

Spread the love by donating peanut butter at Omm, Library or Athletics.
All donations go to Emergency Food Network to be distributed to over 67 food pantries and meal sites throughout Pierce County. 

Why Peanut Butter? 
- It's high in protein, loved by children and adults, and expensive for families in need. 
- One jar of donated peanut butter will make 16 sandwiches for a hungry family!
Contact or 253-535-7915 with questions.

The campus chapter has upcoming build dates: 
October 25th, November 8th and December 13th. 8:30am to 4:00pm 

Transportation will be provided, and we ask that you are prepared to bring your own sack lunch and water.

If you would like to volunteer on the upcoming build day, Saturday October 11th please click here

To volunteer, you NEED to attend a H4H Safety Orientation before you build. Orientation times and dates are: Wed. 10/22 - 10:30 am (Xavier 150), Thurs. 10/23 - 7:00pm (AUC 133)

Email if you have questions!
PLU’s Center for Community Engagement and Services will host a variety of events in November to promote advocacy, awareness and issues around hunger and homelessness. Students are encouraged to participate in the events, which kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 12, and run through Saturday, Nov. 22, or volunteer to help out at one of the service projects PLU will be working on.
Thursday, November 13
We need your help...5th graders are coming to PLU! Join us as we invite 150 fifth graders to campus on Thursday, November 13! Kids will get a glimpse of what it is like to attend college, take mini courses taught by students, staff and faculty, take a tour of the campus and eat lunch with college students! We need 20 PLU students to help serve as campus guides.

Are you available on Thursday, November 13 from 9:55am-11:40am and/or 11:50am-1:35pm?

Please email if you are interested in helping!
Friday, Nov. 14th - Pugnetti Park, Tacoma
Meet at Harstad at 3:15 to depart from PLU together on public transportation. 
March - 4:30 p.m. (leaving from REACH and going to Pugnetti Park) Rally - 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Youth Coalition to End Homelessness, the march and rally will raise awareness about youth homelessness. Come join CCES for the march and rally!
Sign up here
Sunday, Nov. 16th 4:30-6 pm - The Cave

Storied Streets is a documentary on homelessness. There with be a live stream Q&A with producers Susan Sarandon and Thomas Morgan including a discussion about the struggles that people experiencing homelessness face.

This event is sponsored by ASPLU - see you at the Cave for this powerful film and discussion.

Wednesday Nov. 19th
Next to Old Main Market in AUC - 4-6 pm

For $10 you can purchase a ceramic bowl handmade by PLU Art & Design students and faculty and get a bowl of soup made by Commons Chefs with vegetables from the Community Garden! Donations go to Trinity Lutheran Church Food Pantry to help fill the bowls of neighbors in need of food resources. Tickets will be for sale in OMM the week before the event. 

Wednesday Nov. 19th
AUC 133 5:30-7 pm

Come hear from PLU alumni about their experiences working with various post-grad service organizations. We will have PLU alumni who have participated in Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Peace Corps, and Young Adults in Global Mission.

Event will include desserts and beverage reception, networking opportunities and representatives from the various service organizations.

Thursday, Nov. 20th 
Location TBD 6-7:30 pm

Join us for our annual Sustainable Thanksgiving Dinner, sponsored by GREAN. This is a potluck style vegetarian meal followed by a TED talk video and discussion on sustainability, hunger and environmental justice. 

Friday, Nov. 21st - 5:30 pm

Join in for a free community dinner and meet your neighbors! You are welcome to volunteer for set up, cooking, and clean up on Thursday and Friday - see below for shifts. You may sign up for multiple shifts! We will encourage all volunteers on Friday to spend part of their volunteer shift sitting with neighbors, eating together and making all feel welcome.

Please sign up here!

We are getting a group of 10 students on Saturday, November 22nd to come and build at The Woods development! This event is a part of the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. We will be working alongside individuals who have received houses from Habitat and those who are awaiting a house. It will be loads of fun!


Saturday, November 22, 2014, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Charles Wright Academy
Admission is FREE! Bowl prices starting at $10

This Emergency Food Network event is an annual ritual enjoyed by more than 500 people each year.  During Empty Bowls, attendees can choose from more than 1,200 bowls to purchase for the home and for holiday gifts. After purchasing bowls, guests are served a bowl of soup (in a separate bowl) donated by local chefs. Admission for Empty Bowls is FREE. Bowl prices start at $10. We hope to see you there!

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 :
CCES Activity Stream