Community Service Programs

The Office of Community Service Programs is located in the Office of Student Engagement in the Kanbar Campus Center, Room 317.

Philadelphia University believes that community service initiatives are a central part of the undergraduate experience. Accordingly, the Office of Community Service Learning works to increase student access to the community service opportunities, serves as an informational resource about community agencies, supports students' civic engagement and promotes service as a tool for learning.

The goal of the Office of Community Service Learning is to develop students into community-conscious leaders who have an active and engaged relationship with the city of Philadelphia, surrounding neighborhoods, and the broader context of society. Participation in community service projects and initiatives provides opportunities for students to relate classroom theory to real-world experiences. Students will gain a better understanding of the world around them and the importance of acting as agents of positive change.

There are several ways in which students can take advantage of these opportunities. Students can enroll in SERVE-101: Learning and Serving in Philadelphia and earn a free-standing credit. SERVE-101 is designed to create an opportunity to understand the reciprocal nature and responsibility of citizenship through both practical applications and critical reflection. Additionally, annual service-based traditions on campus include the Martin Luther King Day of Service, The Community Service PLUNGE, Alternative Spring Break, AIDS Walk, Relay for Life and the Red Cross Blood Drive. Students may also look to the office to be placed into a work study position with one of our many community partners in the surrounding area.

Students interested in finding a way to serve in the community can contact the Office of Community Service Learning at, and the staff will help connect students with local organizations meeting their areas of interest.