Civic and Community Engagement at Penn State Behrend connects students to the community and to the world. Students evolve in their role as citizens and develop the knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to be active participants in their communities through experiences such as:
- volunteering at a local nonprofit organization
- collecting items to donate
- traveling on the Alternative Spring Break trip
- taking a service-learning course or
- participating in a student service club or organization
Explore our website to learn more about how Penn State Behrend students, faculty, and staff engage in service, volunteering, and philanthropy in our local community and beyond.
If you're interested in starting a service project or program and need support, please contact us at [email protected].
Benefits of Volunteering
Local Service Opportunities
For a list of current local service opportunities—both on and off-campus—you can always follow Civic and Community Engagement on Instagram (@psbservice) to see what we feature, or see what's happening on our Civic and Community Engagement BehrendSync page. For even more opportunities, visit Get Connected Erie.
Virtual and Long-term Service Opportunities
See our Service Opportunities page to learn how you can volunteer virtually from anywhere by using your phone, tablet, or computer. Or learn about long-term service opportunities like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps. If you ever have questions about these opportunities, come see us in The Smith Chapel, or email us at [email protected].
For resources and guides (e.g. "Service Reflection Guide" or "Fundraising Ideas"), please see the documents on our Civic and Community Engagement BehrendSync page.