Community Service 101

With August approaching, many recent high school graduates are busy shopping for items needed for their dorm rooms, planning their class schedules and looking into on-campus activities as they take the monumental leap from high school to college.

Making a smooth transition to higher education can be tough for some. Engaging in community activities is a great way to meet fellow students and quickly get involved.

Check out the campus community service office for a listing of organizations that support community efforts. Some notable organizations include Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCorps and Engineers Without Borders.

If taking charge is your strength, take matters into your hands and host a community drive. By downloading the UHopeLine online tool kit, you can join the movement to prevent dating and domestic violence on campus, supporting victims and organizations.

Another option includes joining a Greek organization or club group that supports a social cause you are passionate about. Many sororities and fraternities host fundraising events to support a specific charity. Joining a student organization will allow you to engage with peers in fun activities while staying socially conscious.

So while preparing for the next step in your college career, take a few minutes to think about how to give back. It’s a great way to make a few new friends and make a difference in your new college community.