Student Community Engagement Center


The Student Community Engagement Center is the hub for student civic engagement outside the classroom at Portland State University.

Through meaningful service opportunities ranging from one-day service events to year-long service commitments, we strive to provide robust and varied co-curricular opportunities for all students at Portland State to engage with the community and become catalysts for change.

Our Service Opportunities Portal, powered by GivePulse, is your go-to resource for finding volunteer opportunities with PSU's many community partners! Whether you are looking for a one-day or ongoing service project, we can help you get connected.

Have a few hours and want to lend a hand?

Sign up for a short Serve Your City or Service Your Campus volunteer project that matches your interest & availability. These projects are coordinated by the Student Community Engagement Center in partnership with some of our favorite community partners and supported by engaged student leaders. Whether on or off campus, get involved in the community, one service project at a time!

Once per term, join us for one of our Big Days of Service, joining with the PSU community make an impact on a single day! With multiple service projects to choose from and the opportunity to learn, connect, and reflect alongside fellow students, don't miss out on Portland State of Mind Day of Service (October) MLK Day of Service (January) or Earth Day of Service (April).

You can also browse through a variety of external volunteer opportunities hosted by our community partners and support organizations across the Portland region. 

Interested in stepping up to make a longer-term commitment? 

Student Leaders for Service (SLS) is a year-long program that 
promotes a culture of community engagement on the PSU campus. SLS members serve weekly with a community partner, participate in Friday leadership classes, facilitate group service projects, and help promote a culture of community engagement at PSU. Each SLS member is responsible for serving 4-6 hours/week for the entire academic year at a community organization. 

Mentor: Alder and Portland State is a weekly one-on-one mentoring program focused on creating strong connections between PSU mentors and Alder Elementary students to support learning and create connections to college. Each MAPS mentor serves 2-3 hours/week in winter and spring terms (training takes place in Fall). 

Alternative Spring Break gets student out and engaged beyond Portland. Each spring break student teams travel to locations along the West Coast to learn from and work along side various communities during a week-long immersive service experience. ASB teams meet four times in winter and then serve during the entire week of Spring Break.

You can learn more about all of our service programs at

Sustainable Development Goals
1,452 People | 3,970 Impacts | 13,115 Hours