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Center for Service Programming

The Center for Service and Community Engagement offers up numerous signature programs throughout the year for students, faculty and staff to become more meaningfully involved in the community.

1818 Community Engagement Grant Program

18 Grants.  $1,800 each.  New for the 2018-2019 school year, the CSCE is launching the 1818 Community Engagement Program.  Groups of students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit an application to receive up to $1,800 in funding to partner with a community organization to make a positive difference. 

Application will go live on September 17.  Stay tuned for more details.

Service Fairs

An easy way to learn about all the ways you can make a difference in the community both as a student and as an alum is to attend our Community Service and Year of Service Fairs.. You will be able to meet staff from dozens of groups to learn about their work and how to get involved.

Community Service Fair

Held early in the fall semester, over 70 local nonprofits visit campus to represent a range of service areas.  The 2018 fair will be held Wednesday, September 12 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Quad along West Pine. 

Year of Service Fair

Representatives from 25 organizations that offer post-graduate service opportunities will be on campus to advertise their programs.  Representatives will include Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Peach Corps, Teach For America, and more!  The 2018 fair will be held Wednesday, November 7 from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Busch Student Center.

SLU students gardening

Every year, members of the SLU community participate in service projects throughout the region. 

Campus Kitchen

SLU’s Campus Kitchen is an on-campus student service program was the first ever service site for the national nonprofit organization, The Campus Kitchens Project. Students use on-campus kitchen space and donated food from on campus dining providers to prepare and deliver nourishing meals to the local communities.

Volunteer with Campus Kitchen

Community Service Federal Work Study

If you are federal work study eligible and also have a desire to serve your community, you can participate in SLU's Community Service Federal Work Study program. If eligible, you can work up to 15 hours per week at a nonprofit agency and get paid $10 per hour. Potential jobs include tutoring children, coaching, environmental work and arts and culture activities.

To enroll in the program:

  1. If you have received a federal work study award, send verification from Banner (screenshot or printed and scanned) to Bobby Wassel at
  2. View our list of available community service federal work study jobs, which directly links to job previews. Then apply through Career Services' Handshake database.
  3. Visit human resources (located on the first floor of the Wool Building, across the street from Tegeler Hall) to complete the necessary tax and direct deposit forms. You will receive a receipt for new hire. Please note, if you have been paid for a SLU job within the last year, you do not need to re-complete your forms.

Return the receipt for new hire to Bobby Wassel in the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Wuller Hall Suite 204.

For more information, contact Bobby Wassel at

Vocational Inquiry Through Advocacy and Service (VITAS)

The Vocational Inquiry Through Advocacy and Service (VITAS) program provides students who are engaging in community service and social justice advocacy a chance to explore how that work will influence their lives after graduation.

Applications to participate in the VITAS program go live each November, with the program taking place during the following Spring semester.