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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 100 community partnerships and growing, ESF is continuously collaborating with community organizations. Numerous community engagement opportunities are available in the Syracuse community and beyond.

  • Total Community Service Hours 2017-2018 academic year= 21,375.5 hours!
  • Hours * Minimum wage ($10.40) = $222,305 worth of service to the community!

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.

Learn more:

Signature Programs

  • Saturday of Service 8/25/2018
  • Fall Campus Day of Service 9/22/2018
  • Alternative Spring Break Service Trip
  • Spring Campus Day of Service 4/27/2019
  • Blood Drives
  • Tree Plantings

... and many more opportunities throughout the year!

Service Opportunities


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.

Days of Service

Each semester ESF hosts a Campus Day of Service as well as other community engagement opportunities throughout the year.

Service Coordinator

ESF's Community Service and Service-Learning Coordinator also facilitates community service opportunities. Contact the Coordinator or visit 110 Bray Hall to organize or find a volunteer activity.

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."

Students Taking Away Garden Trimmings

honor roll

"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 Service2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

In 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...

Service Links

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 tracking form:

Students Gardening