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Time to get involved in the community

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Organizations from across Boston will be at Northeastern today for the Center of Community Service’s Volunteer Fair, an annual event that connects students with opportunities to help the community.

More than 70 organizations from Northeastern and its surrounding communities will be on Krentzman Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Andrew Olson, Northeastern’s assistant director of community service programs and events.

This year’s lineup of outside organizations seeking volunteers includes the Roxbury YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City Year Boston, Boston Rescue Mission, ABCD South End Neighborhood Action Program, Boston Partners in Education and the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

Volunteer fairs are held at the start of each fall and spring semester. In the event of rain, the fair will be held in the Curry Student Center’s Indoor Quad. 

The Center of Community Service supports Northeastern’s long tradition of service to the community and commitment to civic engagement.

Programs run by Northeastern’s Center for Community Service include:

  • Alternative Spring Breaks, which allow students to use their week off from classes during the spring semester to address a critical social issue such as affordable housing, disaster relief or youth education. Students explore the culture and history of the area, participate in orientation programs, build leadership skills and develop strong bonds with other team members.
  • The Husky Volunteer Team, one of the Center of Community Service’s newest programs, which partners teams of three to five students with a community organization for at least one semester. 
  • The Civic Engagement Program, a yearlong program that provides student scholars with the tools and resources to succeed as community leaders. Students work in the Stony Brook neighborhoods of the Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury and the South End on projects such as after-school tutoring and enrichment, mentoring, youth outreach and education, college access and youth leadership development.
  • The Honors Outreach Program, which gives students in the University Honors Program opportunities to serve the neighborhoods and communities that surround Northeastern.

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