Welcome to the Volunteer Center!
Here at CMU, there are countless ways to get invoed in service on-campus, across the country, and around the world! Here in the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center, we have service opportunities which can meet any schedule, interest, or need. Below, you will find a guide which lists steps for starting your volunteer journey.
Step 1 - Check Out Our Programs
The Volunteer Center coordinates a variety of service experiences for CMU students Our nationally ranked Alternative Breaks program sends students on week-long service experiences across the country. We also have three weekly mentoring programs (America Counts and Reads, Lunch Buddies, and Adopt-a-Grandparent) as well as our Safer Sex Program that teaches about sexual health.
You can find more information about all of these opportunities on our programs page.
Step 2 - Explore Volunteer Opportunities on Engage Central
The Volunteer Center is your connection to dozens of service experiences both at CMU and in the community. In order to see what service is available, check us out on Engage Central. Engage Central is a website used by all offices and student organizations to advertise events and help you stay connected. All opportunities, both at CMU and in the community, will be posted there.
Using Engage Central (includes steps on tracking volunteer hours)
Step 3 - Get Connected
Another great way to stay updated is by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We post on a daily basis about upcoming opportunities, open applications, and community happenings.
We also send out a weekly email newsletter which contains a list of service opportunities with direct links to sign-up for service.
Step 4 - Get Employed
Volunteer experience is a great way to build a resume as you will develop skills and experiences that compliment your learning in the classroom. Additionally, employers are looking for future employees that not only care about their work but who also care about larger social contexts and issues. Often times, volunteer supervisors can serve as references and some experiences can turn into internships or even a career.
Post-Graduation - Opportunities/jobs for after graduation
Career Services - Resume and interview coaching, career guidance, and job postings.