One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for a day of service? Interested in learning more about the local community? Would you like to check out an organization or possible career direction?

If you or your group are looking for a service opportunities for a few hours or a whole day, a one-time volunteer opportunity is a great way to get a taste of service and community engagement. Below are examples of monthly/annual events with contact information to learn more and get involved. 

CCES organizes a few one-time volunteer opportunities each month. See event listing on the semester calendar or weekly newsletters. Want to plan your own event? Meet with a CCES staff person during office hours! We have various Community Partners that would be happy to work with you.

*Please note: Group coordinating will require at least 1 month in advance of volunteer opportunity and even 2-3 months may be best for the most meaningful experience. Check out our Service Planning Guide for more information.

As part of the Health Parkland Initiative, CCES teams up with our neighbor Trinity Lutheran Church and their Feeding Ministries to prep, cook and serve a community meal each month. These meals usually occur on Friday evenings, with opportunities to prep on the Thursday before. Contact Devynne Nelons to sign up or for more information.

Once each semester, CCES invited local elementary and middle school students from Franklin Pierce schools to our campus as part of the Parkland Education Initiative. Volunteers help facilitate learning and mentor throughout the day. Contact service@plu.edu to get involved.

Volunteers are welcome to help at the Garden of Edible Grace, which grows organic produce for community meals and the food pantry. Work parties are held in the early fall and spring time, usually on Saturday morning-afternoons. Contact Devynne Nelons to get involved or for more information.

Sponsored by Associated Ministries and Emergency Food Network, this fall walk/run fundraises for hunger relief locally and internationally. PLU students help with registration, set-up, serving food and face painting!

This summer fun run serves as a great community event, put on by Franklin Pierce Youth First!. PLU students help set up, check in runners and with tear down.

We encourage the community to join together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in January, as a day on, not a day off. PLU students often go to the annual celebration in downtown Tacoma and then volunteer together at a Community Partner site.

Each year on October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others. Opportunities in the local area can be found here.