The Civic Engagement Office (CEO) facilitates hundreds of service and leadership opportunities for students across Cornell. A student working with the CEO might chair a planning committee for Cornell’s nationally-recognized Relay for Life, complete an intense week of service at sites across the country through an Alternative Spring Break trip, or connect with one of many local volunteer opportunities in the greater Cornell community. 

No matter how students become involved, the CEO is dedicated to helping them follow their passions, build their skills, and prepare for a lifetime of service and leadership. Inspired by this mission, reflecting the values of the college, and positioned at the forefront of thematic trends in higher education, the CEO has developed into a vibrant and growing component of the co-curricular experience of Cornell.

The Office Programs

The Civic Engagement Office supports a number of ongoing volunteer and community projects to promote social responsibility.  This allows you to "act on your issue" or support those different social issues that you are passionate about.  You may find those opportunities here as well as listed in the News and  Upcoming Events section of the Civic Engagement homepage.  We are also able to connect students, faculty, and staff to other service opportunities based on specified interests; please contact our office to begin your involvement and start making a positive impact on the campus community!

The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group has developed an online volunteer form to connect potential volunteers to opportunities in Mount Vernon and Lisbon.  If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this list, or if you would like further information or assistance with local opportunities, please contact our Student Volunteer Coordinator or the Director of Civic Engagement.


AmeriCorps Week

A week in March or April making students aware of AmeriCorps Opportunties and celebrating those opportunities through AmeriCorps presented by different speakers and events.  Learn more about AmeriCorps Week 2014.

Iowa College AmeriCorps Program

Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program (ICAP) engages students in long-term volunteerism within the Cornell community.  During the year of service, participants will commit to completing at least 300 hours of community service at local nonprofits of their choice and receive an Education Award upon completing the program.  Learn more

Middle School Mentors

GIRLSS Group and MENtoring connect Cornell students with girls and boys from the Mount Vernon Middle School (grades 5-8). Both programs provide Cornell students an opportunity to be good role models and make a positive impact in the lives of a younger students. Learn more

Elementary School Lunch Buddies

Lunch Buddies connects Cornell students with 3rd and 4th graders from Mount Vernon's Washington Elementary School. Cornell students join their buddies for lunch and recess two to three times a month and participate in various programs off campus. Learn more

Colleges Against Cancer (Relay for Life)

Cornell's chapter of the nationwide group Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) organizes students, faculty, staff, and the wider community to help raise awareness and funds for cancer issues in association with the American Cancer Society. This includes organizing Relay for Life, as well as other events.  Learn more.

Alternative Spring Break

Each year a group of Cornell students and staff spend spring break completing service projects in various locations across the nation.  Learn more.

Block Break Service Trip

In addition to our Alternative Spring Break Program, the Civic Engagement Office leads a short two or three day service trip at the end of the third block. This is a great way for students to get off of campus, meet new people, and participate in a Service Trip.  Learn more.

New Student Orientation Service Day

As part of New Student Orientation, first year students, peer advocates, faculty, and staff join together for the largest service event of the year.  Hundreds of Cornellians reach out to community partners for a morning of service activities, introducing our new students to the role of service in the Cornell experience. Learn more.