Center for Community Engagement & Service

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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CCES Events

Join a small group going out to Mother Earth Farm in Orting onWednesday, July 9th - 9 am to 12:30 pm - to do some berry picking for freezing and turning into jam later this year. We will join some Gleaning Project volunteers and harvest raspberries. 

On Thursday, we'll gather a few volunteers to wash and prep raspberries for freezing.

These raspberries will join some already harvested and frozen strawberries to make jam at the end of the summer. The jam will be given away at the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry. 

Parkland Mural

Parkland Community Mural - continued painting days Tues-Thurs, July 1-3! Check out more info at the blog:

The purpose of the Parkland Community Mural is to unite local artists, students, community organizations, businesses and community members to creatively and collectively tell Parkland’s story. This project will acknowledge and showcase the community’s values to illustrate where the community has been and what we will become. The community mural will be helpful for Pacific Lutheran and Parkland to build a better understanding of one another and create a space for our community’s narrative.

trinity gardenPLU garden

Gardening in Parkland!

PLU Community Garden is walking distance from campus and grows healthy organic produce. Garden work parties on Saturdays from about 9-noon - Check out their Facebook page here or contact the garden manager Jenn with questions: 

Trinity Lutheran Church's Garden of Edible Grace is located on 121st St across the street from Trinity's Thompson Hall. 

Work party on Wednesday, July 2nd at 4 pm and Friday, July 11th at 12 noon and various other times throughout the summer. Please contact Kurt: if you'd like to garden at another time!

Both gardens offer opportunity to learn about growing your own food and donate their food to the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry.

Gleaning Project

The Gleaning Project is a volunteer program of Harvest Pierce County that works to reduce the amount of food waste in our community, provide more fresh food to those in need, and build community. This community-based effort is a response to the dramatic increase in the number of people seeking food assistance in our county.

The Gleaning Project is always looking for new volunteers to harvest, scout, and distribute fruit and fresh produce! To get involved as a volunteer, visit our Volunteer page to learn more and sign up for a harvest! To sign up for another Harvest Pierce County Community Event, visit our Eventbrite page.

Mother Earth

Mother Earth Farm

Mother Earth Farm is an eight-acre organic farm located in the beautiful and lush Puyallup Valley. The Farm was developed to provide a stable, internal source of fresh food for EFN and the food programs it serves. It is a working farm that relies primarily on volunteers from a cross-section of the community to operate. Sign up with Mother Earth Farm directly here!

Volunteers opportunities are available:
Monday – Thursday: 9 am to 12 pm (18 and over only)
Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm, 12 pm–3 pm
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