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
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
Pioneer Ministries, Inc. Need Male Volunteers
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.
Youth Solutions Adolescent Development Center needs volunteers:
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 www.youthsolutions-ads.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Students are responsible for contacting the agency of their choice to register for the community service event.
Summer 2016 Community Service Form:
Summer Guidelines and FAQs
Other Student Resources:
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 email@example.com.