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 4th              Pre-Homecoming Tiger Paw Project          AAC                      8:00 a.m.         75 (volunteer capacity filled)         October 7th              Homecoming Street Jam                       Payton Drive             3:00 p.m.        10 (volunteer capacity filled)  October 11th            Homecoming Parade                               Campus                  6:00 a.m.         25 (volunteer capacity filled)        October 18th            Boo at the Zoo Set-Up                          Student Center          9:00 a.m.         25 (volunteer capacity filled)        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

October 13th         6:45 p.m.      Sweat & Connect (Aids Awareness)                                 AAC Lot               October 16th         5:45 p.m.      Sweat & Connect (Breast Cancer Awareness)                 AAC Lot                     October 20th         6:45 p.m.      Sweat & Connect (Lupus Awareness)                              AAC Lot                   October 23rd        5:45 p.m.       Sweat & Connect (Domestic Violence Awareness)         AAC Lot    

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:

Jackson Medical Mall Foundation and Humana are building a multi-generational playground for Jackson residents in ONE day.  The build will take place Saturday, October 4, 2014, beginning at 7:30 a.m. (Homestead Heights Community). At least 200 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Call today to volunteer. Contact, Shante Black, Development Director at 601-982-8467 ext. 19 or email her at

Historic Greenwood Cemetery Association Work Day; Saturday, October 18, 2014; tasks will include repairing and cleaning monuments, pruning shrubs, planting flowers etc. Bring hand tools and gloves if you have them. The clean-up will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Cemetery entrance is located at George and West Street, downtown Jackson behind Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home. To sign up, call Marsha Hobson at 601-398-5219 or send email to (put name of event in the subject line)

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

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) 

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