A Place to Start

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? CCES is here to help.

Engaging in service connects you with others, is good for your mind and body, can advance your career, and bring fun and fulfillment to your life.¹ If you or your group are looking for service opportunities a one-time volunteer opportunity is a great way to begin.

Take a look at the Volunteer and Engagement Opportunities Board and our weekly newsletters for upcoming community happenings. Want to plan your own event? Meet with a CCES staff member during office hours! We have connections with various Community Partners who would be happy to work with you.

*Please note: As for any event planning, 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.

Once a semester, CCES hosts 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 act as mentors/role models 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 Trinity Member Kurt Scearce at kurt.scearce@mrhls.org to get involved or for more information.

The 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. Contact Rebecca Morales for Fun Run details and to volunteer at rmorales@fpschools.org.

Students posing for the camera

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.

¹Segal, J., & Robinson, L. (2019, June). Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits. Retrieved from https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/volunteering-and-its-surprising-benefits.htm