Center for Community Engagement & Service

CCES Events

Join 150+ local fifth-graders as they come to campus and experience the day and the life of going to college. 

9 am to 11 am
Interested in community organizing and engaging community members in social change? Learn more about community organizing in this brief introductory workshop with a focus on meeting neighbors and learning about assets and skills in the community. Then join us for a neighborhood door-to-door canvas in the neighborhood of a potential new community garden near the Parkland Public Library! We are supporting a community effort to engage neighbors in a variety of local food growing, harvesting and preserving efforts - the info session we are inviting people to will be at the library on Thursday, October 30th. 

Jamming Party at Trinity Lutheran Church! 

Volunteer to help make strawberry jam, listen to some musical jams and learn more about Trinity Lutheran Church's feeding ministry.

This event is part of a pilot project to understand local food preservation and jamming possibilities for gleaned fruit. The jam will be gifts for neighbors in need of additional food resources this winter.  Each event will feature an open house in Thompson Hall with musical jams (accordions, guitars, etc. - sign up below if you play an instrument!) and information about how you can be involved in feeding our neighbors.

All jamming sessions are 3 - 7:30 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church Thompson Hall and Kitchen, swing by to say hello! Thurs. Oct. 9, Tues. Oct. 28 and Thurs. Nov. 13. 

Volunteers interested in participating in jam making should sign up for one or more shifts: 3-4:30 pm, 4:30-6 pm and 6-7:30 pm each of the jamming session afternoons. A master food preserver, Hal Meng, will be facilitating the jam-making. Musical volunteers should also please sign-up and/or contact haxtema@plu.edu to schedule part of the musical fun.

Sign up here to volunteer for jam-making or music-making!

5:30- 6:30 p.m Ramstad 205

Hispanic Studies and CCES are offering a new Alternative Spring Break course: The Borderlands/La Frontera: Border Immersion in Texas and New Mexico. In this course, we will deepen our understanding of the liminal space of the US-Mexico border through an immersion experience in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Students will learn significant cultural, geographical, economic and historical contexts of the US-Mexico border through readings from different disciplines.

The course will take place during PLU’s Spring Break from March 21-28, 2014. The estimated cost is $1,250 (includes airfare, all meals, transportation, and housing). Scholarships and fundraising will be available. The course can be taken for 1 credit in WMGS, GLST, HISP and GenEd for this course. Applications through the Wang Center website are due December 1, 2014.

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 habitat@plu.edu if you have questions!

Spanaway Elementary is starting a new afterschool program & needs volunteers!

The program schedule is Monday - Thursdays from 2:45 - 5:00pm. 
PLU students should contact Debbie Willis at 253 653-5333