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Welcome to the Community Engagement Center (CEC)

Since 1996, the Community Engagement Center has worked with hundreds of faculty and thousands of students to support the work of more than 200 community, non-profit, governmental and private organizations in the Sacramento Region. During the past 20 years, Sac State students have:

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    written grants and organized fundraisers for dozens of non-profit organizations;
  • developed nutrition education programs for community clinics;
  • coordinated wheelchair basketball events;
  • painted houses in underserved, underrepresented communities;
  • conducted assessments for Title I schools;
  • planted community gardens;
  • harvested fruit to donate to local food banks; and
  • participated in turkey giveaways for Thanksgiving;
  • volunteered to be readers for children at libraries;
  • exchanged letters with 5th graders to improve writing for both groups; and
  • planned, implemented and evaluated events for municipal park and recreation agencies.
These are just some of the examples of the work that Sac State students have engaged in through Service Learning, Community Service and Civic Engagement.

  • Service learning takes place through college courses – learning while doing service in the community. The service must be reciprocal and mutually beneficial for both the community partner and students who work with agencies and connect what they’re learning in the field with what their learning in the classroom.

  • Community Service is one-day or week-long opportunities to volunteer in the Sacramento area through the following programs:
    • Sac State Volunteers – Students, faculty, staff and alumni can participate in one-day volunteer events with various community partners.
    • Sac State Alternative Break – Students participate in week-long volunteer opportunities as part of their winter and/or spring break.

  • Civic Engagement is the process of being involved and engaged to make the community in which we live a better place to be. Picking up trash on the street, writing letters to the editor of a newspaper, participating in voter-registration drives and/or participating in community conversations around social issues/problems are examples of civic engagement.
    • Constitution and Civic Engagement Week – The CEC sponsors a series of speakers and activities the third week of September on the Sac State campus to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

On this website, you will find helpful information about how to get engaged in service, whether it’s Service Learning and/or community service.