Community Service Learning

Kanbar Campus Center 317


Fax: 215.951.2644


Monday - Friday, 9a.m. - 5p.m.


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

Our goal is to develop students into community conscious leaders who have an active and engaged relationship with the city of Philadelphia, surrounding neighborhood, and the broader context of society.

Annual Events

NSO PLUNGE!  Every summer before classes begin, incoming students get to experience Philadelphia by helping it through the Community Service PLUNGE!  The PLUNGE! is a highlight of the New Student Orientation (NSO) program every August

Alternative Spring Break Philadelphia University partners with Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge program to coordinate the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service rip.  Students apply and interview to be selected for the team starting in November and commit to fundraising leading up to the trip itself in March, when the team devotes their spring break vacation to meaningful service and teambuilding.

Blood Drives   Each November and March, Philadelphia University provides students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to donate blood to the American Red Cross on campus.  Students can sign up for appointments online, giving a small part of themselves to save a life.

Relay for Life  Since 1986, Relay for Life has served as the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event.  Teams of volunteers raise money through pledges and camp out on campus overnight.  Each team has a representative on the track at all times throughout the night to signify the ongoing fight against cancer.

Ongoing Initiatives

SERVE-101  This one-credit course is designed to create an opportunity to understand the reciprocal nature and responsibility of citizenship through both practical applications and critical reflection. Students will have the option to work with a community partner, explore the impact of service on the community and understand the vehicle that contributes meaningful social action to address societal and policy issues that perpetrate social inequities.

Federal Work Study  The Community Service Office offers work-study positions during the academic year for students who qualify for Federal Work Study through financial aid and are interested in working in an outside agency.