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, around their class and work schedules, 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. 







The University of MS Medical Center Seeks Volunteers

Ongoing On-Campus Opportunities: 

Volunteers needed at Jackson State University's Interdisciplinary Alcohol & Drug Studies Center 
Volunteers Needed Immediately

Time:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: College of Liberal Arts Building; Suite #314; Room 304
Contact Melinda G. Todd at 601-979-2217 if interested

Volunteers Needed: 
Jackson State University's Department of Housing and Residence Life 
Services Needed: Monday – Friday
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Campbell College Suites


Ongoing Off-Campus Opportunities: 

Community Service Opportunities available at Jackson State University's Continuting Education Learning Center 
Service Needed:  Monday – Thursday
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  1325 Hattiesburg St.; Jackson, MS
Contact Tamara Herron at 601-979-2642 if interested 

Bates Elementary School is looking for volunteers
Services Needed: Monday – Friday
Time:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  3180 McDowell Road Ext.; Jackson, MS 39204
Contact Joice E Johnson at 
(601) 346-1416 if interested

Service opportunities available at MS Homebuyer Education Center
Location:  350 W. Woodrow Wilson; Ste. #3480
Contact Jeanette Bland at 601-366-9141 if interested



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

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.

Summer 2016 Community Service Form: 

Summer 2016 Community Service Form


Summer Guidelines and FAQs

Summer Community Service 2016 FAQs


Site Approvals:

Online Site Agreement Packet


Other Student Resources:

Community Service Appeal Process

Official Community Service Guideines

Spring 2016 Agency Partner List

Checking My Community Service Transcript

Campus Organizations Community Service Project Approval Resources:

Before the project: All service projects must be submitted online at least two weeks before the date of the anticipated project. After the project: Sign-in forms must be submitted to The Harden Center, located in Suite 110, in Reddix Hall, within three (3) days of the final date of your service project. Please use the below sign-in sheet for each approved project. For questions regarding this process, please email Ms. Moore at

Community Service Project Approval Form (Student Organizations and Campus Departments Only)

JSU Community Service Project Approval Sign-In Sheet