SU SERVE is celebrated on campus every April with a day of service, when hundreds of students volunteer at community nonprofits in the region.

You, too, can join this demonstration of our longstanding tradition of service. All alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends are encouraged to join the students' efforts in April and throughout the year.

Our goal for 2017 is to volunteer 125,000 service hours to 1,000 community organizations across the country and around the world.

Participation is easy, and you can do it right in your hometown!

If you already give back to your community by volunteering with a local nonprofit or serving as a representative to a board or association, just dedicate those service hours to SU SERVE.

You can also join one of our regional alumni chapters for group service days held throughout the Northeast.

Our goal for 2018 is to volunteer 100,000 hours of service to 1,000 different community organizations. Help us get there by logging your hours today!

Serving is Easy

Susquehanna University’s ongoing focus on service is part of its three-pronged mission to "prepare students for lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world."

Responding Locally and Globally

The university’s students, faculty, staff and alumni have a long history of community service at home and abroad, and the university has a track record of national recognition for its service programs:

  • In 1985, community service by Susquehanna students received a citation from then-President Ronald Reagan as a "Program in Private Sector Initiatives" and the Keystone Award for Merit from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • In 1989, then-President George H. W. Bush invited representatives from Susquehanna’s volunteer service programs to a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House celebrating volunteer service in America.
  • In 1988, Susquehanna became a charter member of Campus Compact, a coalition of Pennsylvania colleges cooperating to encourage volunteer service on their campuses.
  • University service programs received excellence and best practice awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
  • Each year since 2006, Susquehanna has been on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. In 2010 and 2011, the honor was bestowed with distinction, a commendation given to only 110 schools across the country.
  • In 2012 Susquehanna was named one of eight great schools for Community Service by the Huffington Post.

In 1990, a volunteer center was created to act as a clearinghouse for volunteer projects, and Deborah Woods was appointed as a part-time coordinator of volunteer services. Project House themes evolved over the years as different student groups organized themselves to do service in the community. By 1995, more than half of Susquehanna’s 1,400 students participated in some form of significant community volunteer service.

How You Can Join SU SERVE 2018

We know that our graduates continue to lead lives of service in their local communities, too. Join us in April and throughout the year to demonstrate the magnitude of our collective service. Participation is easy:

  • If you're already actively volunteering in your local community, you don't have to do anything extra. Simply dedicate your regular service hours to SU SERVE.
  • Or, if you'd like to participate as part of a group, our regional alumni chapters organize service events in several cities across the Northeast.
  • Or you can come to campus on April 21 to work alongside students volunteering at local organizations.

What counts:

  • Time spent organizing, preparing, or providing direct volunteer, unpaid service hours for nonprofit or similar organizations (schools, nursing homes, hospitals, community service organizations, churches/synagogues)
  • Time spent organizing or planning a charity fundraiser or raising funds for a charity
  • Time spend participating in a charity event like a run/walk
  • Pro-bono professional and/or medical services
  • Service-learning activities taking place inside or outside the classroom
  • Internships with nonprofit groups that serve the community
  • Volunteer board service
  • Federally-supported service such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps, as well as service-related federal work study hours.

What would not count:

  • Paid employment
  • Campaign activity
  • Paid board service

Service hours for Susquehanna alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends/family members are eligible to be counted, and all participants will be required to affirm that their service hours meet the above definition.

Can I count hours that I already do? For example, I am a volunteer at the library. Can I count those hours?

Yes. We encourage you to tell us about the service hours you are already doing in your community, including all unpaid service and volunteer activities. We are counting all volunteer hours with the exception of paid employment, campaign activity and paid board service.

Is there a minimum amount of time I can pledge?

We ask that you round up to the nearest half hour. Some folks may do an hour of service and others might have 100 hours. Whatever service hours you perform in the month of April count.

Can I count more than one service activity?

Absolutely. We are counting all service activity for the entire month of April. If you are involved in more than one service activity, we want to hear about it. You may submit as many hours as you like. There is no limit.

Can I also count my spouse or other family members’ service?

We are counting all service hours from individuals affiliated with Susquehanna University. That includes students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends, as well as family members of those individuals. Please invite others you know to become a part of our effort.

What should I do if I already pledged my hours, but I want to do more?

Simply go back to the pledge form and create another entry. You can come back as many times as needed.

Do community service hours also include "non-volunteer" hours of service? For example, I work for a nonprofit organization. Do the hours I work for this organization count?

Work paid by a stipend can be counted, but work that includes a salary and benefits may not be counted.

Why are we doing this and why is this important?

SERVICE is a big part of Susquehanna University’s mission. We know that our alumni and students continue the tradition, and we want to document and share these efforts with the world. It is a uniting experience that bonds us together. Our ability to showcase alumni service activity could also have a significant impact on prospective students who are service oriented and could impact their decision to choose Susquehanna. This is an effort that all alumni can participate in from anywhere in the world, and it is as easy as telling us what you already do.

What is the history of SU SERVE?

SU SERVE, formerly Students Engaging in Regional Volunteer Experiences, is an annual service day, now re-named Susquehanna Engaging in Regional Volunteer Experiences and expanded to allow all alumni, students, faculty, parents, staff and friends to showcase the magnitude of caring that is happening now all over the world. With a common goal of service, SU SERVE will increase Susquehanna’s visibility around the world, strengthen our ties to one another, and document the effects Susquehannans are having on organizations and communities across the globe.

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