SUNY Oswego is committed to serving our community and engaging students in meaningful volunteer experiences. 

Volunteering through Community Services is a great way to learn about yourself, meet like-minded people and get a head start on your career by building your resume, networking with potential employers and learning about what you love to do. Most importantly, you can make a difference in our community.

Oswego offers a variety of opportunities to fit anyone’s schedule — whether you’re looking for a commitment or a one time opportunity.

Semester Long Programs and Service Learning Courses

Our student run service programs allow students to serve local organizations alongside their peers. These semester-long commitments build relationships between students and the community and provide an opportunity for students to become leaders, explore areas of interest and network with professionals.

Students are also able to complete a Service Learning course in conjunction with our semester long programs. While earning credit, each course allows students the opportunity to engage in a variety of social issues through service, reflection, and classroom learning.

Students help community in local Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Breaks

These week-long, immersive service trips allow students to travel domestically and internationally while providing meaningful service to a variety of nonprofits working to alleviate different social issues. Participating in Alternative Breaks can help you gain a greater understanding of the needs of local, national and global communities.

Learn more about Alternative Breaks

I have gained so much hands-on experience while working with such diverse groups. There’s always something going on in the community, whether it’s with children, the rising elderly population, or the disabled. I feel incredible seeing the excitement of those we serve.

Carnegie Classification

In 2010, SUNY Oswego was one of 115 institutions nationwide that The Carnegie Foundation awarded the prestigious Community Engagement Classification for Excellence in Programming, Leadership, Culture, and Practices. This classification supports the dynamic and noteworthy community engagement efforts by SUNY Oswego's students, faculty and staff.

Our Commitment

Our office inspires a life-long commitment to active citizenship that contributes to the common good. Through mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships with community partners, students become active citizens and agents of change in their local, national and global communities.


Community Services
145 Marano Campus Center

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