Student Affairs

Community Service

The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning at Jackson State University, (the Harden Center), promotes all students toward improving the human condition through civic engagement. Through the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning, the university is able to continue to expand its role in cultivating and sustaining stronger communities. Your service in the community of a few hours a week will make a difference to people and the society.  The immersion in another culture deepens your understanding of our society in a way that goes beyond your preconceived orientation. Serving in the community helps students learn what challenges communities face and see how their work furthers the communitys' goals. It also helps build valuable relationships with the people whom you serve.  You can make a difference by supporting and contributing to meet a need in the community that affects the lives of the elderly, homeless, people with disabilities, schools, childcare centers and many other community organizations.

At Jackson State University, community service is more than a time-honored tradition, it’s a shared commitment by students, faculty and staff. Students and staff regularly donate their time and talent with the goal of making a positive difference at the university and in the community. The energy and interests of this vast network of generous individuals is organized to increase the capacity of all entities at the university through service. The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning is very committed to broadening a spirit of service throughout the university and the community. 

On-Campus Community Service Projects: 
 Date                       Event                     Location             Time            Volunteers Needed                            October 31st            BET Black College Tour            Plaza                   9:00 a.m.           25 (volunteer capacity filled)

To volunteer for any of the on-campus events listed above, sign up at "The Booth" Monday, Wednesday or Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. 

Ongoing Campus Service

Volunteers Needed:  JSU Kids Kollege 2014 After School Program;  August 18, 2014 – December 12, 2014; Time 2:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.; To volunteer contact,Tierra Strong @ 601-979-2238 or email

Volunteers Needed: Jackson State University, Division of Auxiliary Enterprises currently seeking volunteers for student advisory committee. Weekly meetings (TBD); Reddix Building, 3rd floor, Room #326; All interested persons, please contact Sharon Griffin via email:

For more information regarding community service projects contact, Ms. Eltease Moore, Coordinator of Community Service, Reddix Hall, Office 128; Phone: 601-979-1762 or email

Off-Campus Community Service Events/Opportunities: 

The American Cancer Society needs volunteers to help with their Making Strides Walk; Volunteers are needed to help with set-up on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. at The Thalia Mara Hall. Help is also needed the day of the event, Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  All interested persons are to contact Tracie Wade at 601-321-5512 or email her at

On October 25th from 12:00 4:00 p.m., Foundation First Development Center will be hosting a harvest carnival. Service-learning volunteers are needed to assist. The carnival will be held at 1020 W. McDowell Road, Jackson, MS. To volunteer contact, Katrina Banyard at 691-487-8034 or at 601-624-1410.

You are invited to come out and join Keep Jackson Beautiful as they work with the City of Jackson to celebrate "Make a Differnce Day". Volunteers will gather to help clean up Livingston Park on Saturday, October 25, 2014. There will be landscaping work as well as clean up duties in the park.  Gloves, rakes and hand tools will be available, but if you have your own, please bring them.  Meet inside the park, go passed the admission booth to the tables to sign up and get your supplies. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Clean up will take place until 12 noon.  For more information contact, Marsha Hobson at 601-398-5219 or send an email to (put name of event in subject line) 

The Community Students Learning Center (CSLC) Empowering the Delta with a Growning Economy (EDGE) will be holding a  ribbon-cutting and name unveiling ceremony for a new housing development, October 31, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. The development is located about 10-12 minutes north of Lexington, MS off of Highway 17. Volunteers are needed to help as tour guides of the homes and helpers. U. S. Congressman Bennie Thompson will be the speaker, and other key officials from U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as state and local officials. If interested contact, Gail Brown or Mrs. Greer at 662-834-0905.

Volunteers needed for the Hall-O-Read Event at Bates Elementary (McDowell Road, Jackson, MS).  The event will take place on Friday, October 31st from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to come and read to the classes. The purpose of this event is to promote literacy and community involvement.  If interested, contact Joice Johnson, Guidance Counselor at 601-346-1416.

Operation Upward, a non-profit organization will be hosting a harvest festival on Friday, October 31, 2014. They are in need of approximately 5 to 10 volunteers to assist with this event.  The festival will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Operation Upward is located at 1000 Winter St. Jackson, MS. If you would like to volunteer contact, Eddreka Anthony at 601-376-9835.

Spencer Perkins Center, a non-profit organization is sponsoring Common Ground's Gumbo Fest, a free event on Saturday, November 8, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will take place at 531 West Capitol St. Jackson, MS; Volunteers are needed from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (can be in shifts); volunteer areas: face-painting, food servers, interactive children game facilitators, etc.  For more information or to volunteer email, Ashley Thaxton at  

Media Food Drives to benefit the MS Food Network will be held throughout the entire month of November. All food drives will take place at Kroger - the locations and dates are listed below. Students who are interested may volunteer a couple of hours or the entire time! If interested in volunteering contact, Stacey Cain at 601-973-7089 or email her at 

November 7, 2014 - UPS/Clear Channel Share your Holidays; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;                                                   Colony Crossing, I-55 N, Dogwood & Crossgates                                                                                   November 16, 2014 - WJTV Pack the Pickup; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.;                                                                            I-55 N, Hwy 51 N, Dogwood & Crossgates                                                                                             November 20, 2014 - 16 WAPT Turkey Drive; 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.;                                                                           I-55 N

Ongoing Off-Campus Opportunities: 

The YMCA Metro office is looking for a volunteer that would come to their office located at 826 North Street, Jackson, MS, on every Thursday or Friday for a couple of hours to file and/or scan. If interested contact, Paula Boulanger at 601-326-4703 or email her at  

Also, the Clinton YMCA need a volunteer to scan or file for the childcare director. If interested contact, Kiersten Seward at 601-924-5812 or email her at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of MS, a non-profit organization, is seeking volunteers who will dedicate an hour a week to making a difference in the lives of children between the ages of 5 – 15 in the metro area. The Metro Area Program office is located in the Saks’ Fifth Avenue building at 3455 Highway 80 West, Jackson, MS, 39209.  Please contact, Cheryl Walker, Metro Area Program Specialist at 601-213-6651 or email

Non-Profit Agency Seeks Volunteers to tutor students grades 1st-10th (math, reading & language arts/English); Monday – Friday; 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ; For more information on tutoring or other volunteering opportunities, call 601-362-6736 or email

Note: Students are responsible for contacting the agency of their choice to register for the community service event.


Student Resources:

Fall 2014 Community Service Form

Community Service Guidelines

Missing Community Service Hours Form

Checking My Community Service Transcript

Fall 2014 Agency Partner List

Site Agreement Packet


Project Approval Resources:

Community Service Project Approval Form