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Community Service Programs

The Office of Community Service Programs is located in the Office of Student Engagement in the Kanbar Campus Center, Room 301.


Jefferson believes that community service initiatives are a central part of the undergraduate experience. Accordingly, the Office of Community Service Learning works to increase student access to the community service opportunities, serves as an informational resource about community agencies, supports students' civic engagement and promotes service as a tool for learning.

The goal of the Office of Community Service Learning is to develop students into community-conscious leaders who have an active and engaged relationship with the city of Philadelphia, surrounding neighborhoods  and the broader context of society. Participation in community service projects and initiatives provides opportunities for students to relate classroom theory to real-world experiences. Students will gain a better understanding of the world around them and the importance of acting as agents of positive change.

There are several ways in which students can take advantage of these opportunities. Students can enroll in SERVE-101: Learning and Serving in Philadelphia. Students have two enrollment options: earn a free-standing credit or use the course to satisfy one or both of their PE graduation requirements. SERVE-101 is designed to create an opportunity to understand the reciprocal nature and responsibility of citizenship through both practical applications and critical reflection. Additionally, annual service-based traditions on campus include the Habitat for Humanity, AIDS Walk, Relay for Life and the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Students interested in finding a way to serve in the community can contact the Office of Community Service at communityservice@PhilaU.edu, and the staff will help connect students with local organizations meeting their areas of interest.