Welcome to the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)!
At the CCE, we believe the world should be a more just place for everyone. We believe that everyone's actions matter and that OSU students have the power to shape the world. Through engaging students in education, direct service, and advocacy in the greater Corvallis community, we cultivate leaders and change-makers. At CCE, we work to create more sustainable, caring, and equitable communities. Join us!
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CCE & Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Merger Update, June 30, 2018
The CCE and SSI are merging into one unit at the end of June! We will be updating this website over the summer to include both CCE and SSI programs, so watch for more information before fall. We are excited to be the hub for students to participate in civic and community engagement programming to advance a more just, sustainable world!
Coming Up Next: Fall Into Service 2018!
Our annual Welcome Week Day of Service, Fall into Service will be on Saturday, September 22, 2018! To find out more information regarding this event, click here. To register for this event, click here.
Civic Engagement Tracking
Record your civic engagement activity with the Center for the Civic Engagement.
Submit a Civic Engagement Opportunity
If you are a community-based organization that would be interested in having students complete one time or ongoing service projects please complete the Submit Civic Engagement Opportunity Form or contact our office via email or 541-737-3041.
Jobs & Internships
Internships, jobs, and careers are an incredible way to contribute to the common good and be of service to others and your community.
News readership is an important piece of civic engagement and way to stay current and up to date with important local, national, and global news.
Community Values Award
The Community Values Award was devised by the CCE and the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, and is given on a yearly basis to the Greek chapter that records the highest average civic engagement hours per member, allowing smaller chapters to compete with larger chapters.
Why Should I Get Involved?
Here are a few potential benefits of civic engagement and community service:
- Enhance your sense of self, sense of place, and a sense of purpose to effect positive change
- Impact change in your areas of passion and interest
- Feel a sense accomplishment, service promotes personal growth and self-esteem
- Deepen your understanding of complex social, environmental, and political issues
- Develop friendships and a stronger sense of community and belonging
- Build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
- Strengthen your community
- Explore your values
- Increase your self-awareness (emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually)
- Bring course content alive with an opportunity to connect what you learn in the classroom (theory) with the rest of the world (practice)
- Find an outlet for your creativity
- Augment your leadership and practical skill set
- Foster your community and professional networks and contacts
Gain career readiness skills
- Job candidates with volunteer/civic engagement experience are up to 27% more likely to get hired!
- Volunteering can boost your career, expand your network, enhance your skills, and allow for personal growth. It also always you to fill any gaps on your resume with something meaningful.
- Volunteering and civic engagement are excellent avenues for career exploration and preparation.
- Survey various career paths and options to aid with career decision-making
- Prepare for post-graduate work
- Feel happier, people who volunteer are happier on average! (See 10 Things Happy People Do Differently)
- Improve your psychosocial wellbeing (See The Joy of Learning: The Impact of Civic Engagement on Psychosocial Well-Being)
- You make a difference! Your community needs YOU!
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