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How to SNHU: Finding Community Service Opportunities

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The Center for Community Engaged Learning (CCEL), located in the the Green Center, is the place to go if you are looking to do any aspect of community service. The office has three sections to it including Service Learning, Service Projects and Alternative Break.

Service Learning is connected to classes at SNHU. Many sociology classes are service learning classes. This means that you have your regular class and you also have another component where you go into the Manchester community each week and work with a non-profit group. This could mean going to an after school program to work with children such as Girls Inc., 21st Century or INTI Soccer Academy. There are many others as well such as ESL programs and the Way Home.

Additionally, there are Service Projects which are one-time community service opportunities. You can sign up for these by going into CCEL and asking what they have coming up for service projects. Some of them include Habitat for Humanity, Cooking for Change, Happy Birthday Visitors and delivering food with Caregivers. Stop into the office to see what is coming up! Also, if you want to receive emails on upcoming events that the office is putting on, they can add you to their emailing list then you will receive updates.

Lastly, there is Alternative Break which is a great chance to do community service in another part of the world. Alternative Break, which will happen during spring break, is where a group of students heads out to to do community service for a full week together. The group gets to work with a non-profit about a specific social issue. Not only do they get to do service with the group but it is also very educational and eye opening to see what it is like doing service in another community.  To get involved with Alternative Break, applications will be coming out out in the fall.

CCEL always has something going on, so be sure to stop by the office and see how you can get involved. To kick off the school year, they will be doing their annual food drive called Give a Little Feed a Lot. If you are interested, grab a few friends and create a team – it is going to be a great time!

Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark is a junior honors student at SNHU who is pursuing a major in Elementary Education with a certification in Special Education. Nicole is passionate about community service and equal access to education. This year she is stepping down from the news section editor position as she is student teaching.