Community Service

Volunteering to improve the quality of life locally, nationally and globally is an invaluable way to develop your skills, take on greater responsibility, meet new people and gain perspective into the diverse nature of our world. With over 160 community partnerships and growing, ESF is continuously collaborating with community organizations. Numerous community engagement opportunities are available in the Syracuse community and beyond.

Anthropologist Margaret Mead said...

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

You may find yourself interested in a number of student organizations that incorporate community service as part of their missions. These include Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Xi Sigma, Student Environmental Education Coalition (SEEC), Engineers without Borders, LAND|scape, Habitat for Humanity, and many more.

ESF's Community Service and Service-Learning Coordinator also facilitates community service opportunities. Each semester ESF hosts a Campus Day of Service as well as other community engagement opportunities throughout the year. ESF students may also contact the Program Coordinator for Community Service or visit 14 Bray Hall to organize or find a volunteer activity.


Log Your Hours!

After you complete any volunteer work, whether it’s one-time, ongoing or in a group, make sure to document your hours by submitting a Community Service Tracking Form


Service Learning

Service-learning is a form of structured experiential education in which students engage with the community to be active learners, enrich their sense of civic responsibility and explore a practical application for course content. Faculty oversight, students’ reflective thinking and college/community reciprocity are key components of service-learning.

You can find out more about service learning through the links below:


"We learned so much in such a short time. I'm convinced the best way to learn is to be in the place you're learning about. I will take these memories (with me) for the rest of my life." (Student who traveled to Dominica with the FOR 523 class)

ESF Honored for Community Service
2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

honor rollIn recognition of its exemplary student community service and service-learning programs, ESF has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012.

This recognition comes to the college from the federal government for ESF’s commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

This is the fourth year ESF has been recognized through the Honor Roll. The College is listed among a select group of more than 600 universities honored across the nation. Read more...


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