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. 

Off-Campus Community Service Events/Opportunities:

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:

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:

Dogs Days of Summer, A Day in the Park For Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Inc. CARAPelahatchie Shore Park@ the Reservoir,Saturday, August 23, 2014;10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; To volunteer or for more information contact: Melissa Barthold,Volunteer Coordinator CARA; email:; cell number305-772-3760

Westside Community Cleanup DaySaturday, August 30, 2014Come and join us as we cleanup our neighborhood and remove litter and debris from our streets. Plant flowers, edge curbs, clean out gutters or trim trees. Meet at Westside Community Center, 1650 Wiggins Road. VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION begins at 8:00 a.m. We will work until 12:00 p.m. To sign up call Marsha Hobson @601-398-5219 or send email to and put name of event in the subject line

National Planting Day; Saturday, September 6, 2014; 9:00a.m.-12noon; Join us for a native species planting in the “Think Green” Outdoor Classroom at Lake Elementary School; We will be cleaning out beds, planting and spreading mulch as well as adding soil and planting vegetables. Bring any hand tools and gloves you may have.  Meet at Lake Elementary at 472 Mt. Vernon Ave. To sign up call Marsha Hobson @601-398-5219 or send email to and put name of event in the subject line

Volunteers Needed:  9-11 RUNSunday, September 7, 2014; 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon; Local firefighters sponsor the 9-11 RUN to honor those brave men and women that responded to 9-11: Volunteers are needed to help with kids games, selling event t-shirts, etc. To sign up or for more information: email Robby Scucchi;

MS Children’s Museum; Each fall, the museum closes to the public to host an Annual Fall Fix-Up, where we scrub, primp and prune the museum into fabulous fashion, this event will take place September 15 – 18. Volunteers are needed for different shifts throughout the week to clean, repair and paint. People of all ages are welcome to help. If you would like to volunteer for Fall Fix-Up or any other time during the year, please contact or at 601.709.8976

LatinFest; Saturday, September 20, 2014; 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Old Trace Parkway, Reservoir, to volunteer or for more information, contact Cassandra Wells-Terry @ 601-353-5442 or

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


Student Resources:

Fall 2014 Agency Partner List

Summer 2014 Community Service Form

Checking My Community Service Transcript

Missing Community Service Hours Form

Site Agreement Packet


Campus Organizations Resources:

Campus Organizations Community Service Project Approval Form 2014

Campus Organizations Liability Release Form and Agreement

Campus Organizations Community Service Guidelines

Campus Organizations Sign-In Form 2014