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 Harden Center, the university is able to continue to expand its role in cultivating and sustaining stronger communities. While the university provides excellence in educating its students, it also believes that connecting student learning with civic responsibility is fundamental to the academic environment for students who earn their degree at Jackson State University. To that end, the Harden Center supports students, faculty and staff toward a commitment to lifelong citizenship locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Harden Center assist students in developing the skills necessary to be civically responsible citizens and to take action on social issues that are important to them.
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 community’s’ goals. It also helps build valuable relationships with the people that 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, volunteerism is more than a time-honored tradition, it’s a shared commitment by students, faculty and staff. Students and staff regularly donate 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 volunteering. The Harden Center is very committed to broadening a spirit of service throughout the university and the community who commit to volunteering at special events or for longer-term projects.