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. 



Fall 2015

Upcoming Community Service Opportunites/Events:

Off-Campus Community Service Opportunities/Events:

MS Children's Museum Fall Fix-Up

Fall Fix-Up at the Mississippi Children’s Museum    
Tuesday, September 8th – Friday, September 11th 

2 Shifts (9:00 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Please know that all volunteers are welcomed whenever they are available – whether it is an all-day commitment or two hours, the extra help is appreciated.

Lunch/ snacks will be provided for volunteers.

Each year, the museum closes its doors to the public for museum staff and volunteers to give the museum a deep clean and scrub!  Volunteers will be tasked with cleaning and pruning the exhibits and galleries, along with painting, weeding and everything in between.  This event will be a labor intensive, but we certainly could not keep our museum in the mint condition it is in if were not for the countless volunteers who help us each year!

If interested, please contact Emily Simmons, Volunteer Coordinator, at or at 601.709.8976 or complete a community volunteer application at

Ongoing Off-Campus Opportunities: 

MENTORS NEEDED: The Spencer Perkins Center TALKS Mentoring Program – located at Pecan Park Elementary, mentors will meet with an assigned group of students for one hour per week to share wisdom with them through a curriculum called "Talks my Mother/Father Never had with Me."

TUTORS NEEDED:The Spencer Perkins Center After-School Program – located at 1831 Robinson St. Jackson, MS. Tutors help students with their homework, sports, crafts, character building, and games from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. 

If interested or have further questions, please contact Ashley Chisholm; or 601-354-1563. An online application is also available at

Youth Solutions Adolescent Development Center needs volunteers:

Ongoing Projects:

PROJECT 1: Youth Solutions After School Program; NUMBER OF STUDENTS NEEDED: 6; WORK NEEDED: Tutoring elementary & middle school youth; TIMES NEEDED:  Mon.-Thur. 3pm – 5pm; INFORMATION:  Must complete a volunteer application/background check Jackson location (information given to approved volunteers) Must volunteer at least 1 hr a week and on time

PROJECT 2: The Youth Solutions "THINK TANK"; NUMBER OF STUDENTS NEEDED: 3; WORK NEEDED: Tutoring elementary-high school students in Math, Science, English, & Reading; TIMES NEEDED:  First Tuesdays (once a month) 6pm-8pm; INFORMATION:  Must complete a volunteer applicationLocation: Jackson Medical Mall (information given to approved volunteers) Must volunteer at least 1.5 hrs a month

PROJECT 3: Ground Zero Ministries The "RAVE" community event; NUMBER OF STUDENTS NEEDED: 3; WORK NEEDED: Project management (business students preferred); TIMES NEEDED:  TBA:  Friday / Planning meetings; INFORMATION:  Must complete a volunteer application Must volunteer at least 1 hr a week,must have a computer & some meetings via conference call

Applicants may obtain a Volunteer Application by calling 601.829.0323, or by visiting website Each applicant will be called for a brief interview conducted at the Jackson Medical Mall, suite 731-107.Juan K. Wilson; 601.829.0323 Office; 877.330.3503 Toll Free; 877.330.1036 Fax

Volunteers Needed at The Mississippi Museum of Art:  Their spring exhibition will be starting on January 31, 2015, and they are hoping to get some awesome new volunteers to help out in the Visitor Services department as well as the Education Department. More specifically they are looking for volunteers to man their Welcome Desk and greet guests as they enter the building and help them become acclimated with the museum.They are also interested in getting volunteers for their Gallery Host program.  The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 5:00 p.m. They are especially interested in individuals who would be able to volunteer Tuesday – Friday, as they are short-handed on those days.  Schedules and hours are flexible and they conduct onsite training to help familiarize and teach their volunteers more about the museum and its exhibitions. A copy of their Volunteer Information Sheet as well as the Volunteer Application can be found on their website at or you may contact Emily Summerlin, Visitor and Membership Services Coordinator at (601) 960-1515.

Jackson Downtown YMCA is in need of volunteers in their Wellness Center as well as in their Daycare and with their Summer Camp.  To volunteer contact, Rhonda Shidner, at (601) 948-3090.

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 at Genesis and Light 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:

Community Service Guidelines

Fall 2015 Community Service Form (2)

Checking My Community Service Transcript

Fall 2015 Agency Partner List

site agreement packet fall 2015


Project Approval Resources:

Community Service Project Approval Form