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. 


Ongoing On-Campus Opportunities:

Need service hours? Kids Kollege located in the Joseph H. Jackson College of Education and Human Development building is looking for volunteers to assist with this year’s after-school program.  The after-school program will run from January 12, 2015, to May 22, 2015.  Volunteers must be students of Jackson State University. For more information, visit Kids Kollege & sign up or you may contact Tierra Strong at (601) 979-2238.

Volunteers NeededJackson 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:


Pioneer Ministries (Camp Pioneer) need male students to assist with after school boys mentoring Monday, April 13th, 20th, 27th & May 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If interested contact Ronald Bingham, 601-278-5071.

Strides for Seizures 5K run/walk and 1 mile fun run coming up on April 18, 2015.  Volunteers needed to help with turns on the course, water stations, parking and various other things. Volunteers are to contact Tres Townsend at 601-936-5222 ext. 301 or Office help also needed.  .

Keep Jackson Beautiful: Great American Cleanup: Westside Community Neighborhood Association Cleanup: April 18. 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; meet at Westside Community Center, 1650 Wiggins Road. To sign up call Marsha Hobson at 601-398-5219 or send email to (put name of event in subject line). 

Earthday; April 24, 2015 – E Waster/Paper Shred Day; 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Farmers Market (High Street). To sign up call Marsha Hobson at 601-398-5219 or send email to (put name of event in subject line). 

The National Federation of the Blind of Mississippi is sponsoring their tenth annual walk-a-thon on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  It will be held at Parham Bridges Park at 5055 Old Canton Road.  Registration will occur from 8:30-9:15 a.m., and the start time of the three mile walk will take place at 9:30 a.m.  Please feel free to contact LaShawna Fant at (662) 542-8575, Patrina Pendarvis at (601) 540-6308 or Sam Gleese at (601) 960-1863.  Please come out and help us continue to “Live the Life We Want” while letting success be our destination. Please contact one of us if you are interested in volunteering for the event.

Spencer Perkins Center - Summer Camp - June 8 – August 6, 2015 -  The Spencer Perkins Center is looking for college interns to join them this summer to share and teach the children of the community. For more information: contact Ashley or Patrice by phone at 601-354-1563, or by email at 

Ongoing Off-Campus Opportunities: 

Youth Solutions Need Volunteers: 
PROJECT 1: Youth Solutions After School Program; 
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)
      - Incentives given to consistent volunteers
     - Must volunteer at least 1 hr a week and on time
PROJECT 2: The Youth Solutions "THINK TANK"
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 application
      – Location: Jackson Medical Mall (information given to approved volunteers)
      - Incentives given to consistent volunteers
      - Must volunteer at least 1.5 hrs a month
PROJECT 3: [Ground Zero Ministries] The "RAVE" community event
WORK NEEDED: Project management (business students preferred)
TIMES NEEDED:  TBA:  Friday / Planing meetings 
INFORMATION:  Must complete a volunteer application
        – Jackson location (information given to approved volunteers)
        - Incentives given to consistent volunteers
       - Must volunteer at least 1 hr a week
       - Must have a computer
       - Some meetings via conference call
Applicants may obtain a volunteer application via email or by calling 601.829.0323.
Each applicant will be called for an brief interview conducted at the Jackson Medical Mall, Suite 731-107.
Juan K. Wilson
601.829.0323 Office
877.330.3503 Telephone

Bates Elementary School: Wanted: Academic Tutors – Library Assistants – Office Assistants – Computer Lab Assistants
Book Buddies: we are under an initiative to increase our fluency and reading level of 3rd grade students.  We would like to get volunteers who are willing to come and participate in this endeavor.  Each volunteer will need to receive a brief training and commit to at least once a week visits.  All materials will be provided and the training is free. For more information contact, Joice E Johnson, Guidance Counselor at (601) 346-1416

Volunteers Needed at The Mississippi Museum of Art:  Their spring exhibition will be starting on January 31, 2015, and they are hoping to get some awesome new volunteers to help out in the Visitor Services department as well as the Education Department. More specifically they are looking for volunteers to man their Welcome Desk and greet guests as they enter the building and help them become acclimated with the museum.They are also interested in getting volunteers for their Gallery Host program.  The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 5:00 p.m. They are especially interested in individuals who would be able to volunteer Tuesday – Friday, as they are short-handed on those days.  Schedules and hours are flexible and they conduct onsite training to help familiarize and teach their volunteers more about the museum and its exhibitions. A copy of their Volunteer Information Sheet as well as the Volunteer Application can be found on their website at or you may contact Emily Summerlin, Visitor and Membership Services Coordinator at (601) 960-1515.

PUT YOUR EDUCATION IN ACTION!  Help serve as a tutor for the PEARSON Foundation After-School Tutoring Program or serve as a GED Tutor. There is a 90-minute time commitment once a week. Tutoring dates/times: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.; GED dates/times: Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Soon to add Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)  Email or call 601.939.7517

Jackson Downtown YMCA is in need of volunteers in their Wellness Center as well as in their Daycare and with their Summer Camp.  To volunteer contact, Rhonda Shidner, at (601) 948-3090.

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.


Student Resources:

Spring 2015 Community Service Form

Community Service Guidelines

Missing Community Service Hours Form

Checking My Community Service Transcript

Spring 2015 Agency Partner List

Site Agreement Packet


Project Approval Resources:

Community Service Project Approval Form