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.

Service and Justice Fairs

An easy way to learn about different non-profits and community organizations in the St. Louis area is to attend one of two campus fairs hosted by the Center for Service and Community Engagement each year. 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 2017 fair will be held Wednesday, September 13 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Quad along West Pine. 

Social Justice Fair

As part of SLU’s annual Atlas Week each spring, dozens of organizations engaged in advocacy, lobbying and working for social change gather in the Center for Global Citizenship to share their work with you.

Make A Difference Day

Saturday, October 28th

9:00 a.m. @ Robert Hermann Stadium

Registration is now open for SLU's 20th Annual SLU Make A Difference Day!

Click here to register

MADDJoin more than 4,000 fellow students, staff, faculty, alumni, parents and community members for this campus-wide day of service.  The day begins with a kick-off program, then groups are dispersed through St. Louis for a meaningful day of service and community-building.  This year's theme is "MADD About the 90's", as the first Make A Difference day was held in 1998. 

SLU’s Make A Difference Day is recognized as the largest day of service in the state of Missouri and one of the largest in the nation. You can register individually or as a group with your friends or student organization. If you are a group leader, make sure you have the names and emails of all your participants before registering.

All participants receive a lunch, water and gloves (if needed). T-shirts will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All groups and individual participants will receive their site information one week in advance of the event.

Students garden on Make a Difference Day

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

Donation Drives

School Supply Drive

In partnership with the nonprofit KidSmart, our school supply drive collects the necessary supplies for children to succeed in school. Frequently requested items include pens and pencils, folders, pencil boxes, backpacks, notebooks, markers and glue. Donations go to a SLU-sponsored charter school, as well as KidSmart's Push for Pencils program, a community-wide effort that aims to better prepare the 90,000 St. Louis area schoolchildren who cannot afford these basic supplies.

Yearly dates: Mid-July through mid-August

Blue Santa Toy Drive

The Blue Santa toy drive collects toys for SLU's annual Christmas at SLU celebration. Children from the neighborhood are invited to visit campus for a night of holiday-themed games, activities, food and a visit with Santa Claus when each child receives a present given during the drive. Toys are collected from University departments for children in primary school, with extra toys being delivered to St. Louis public schools, after school programs and CSCE community partners.

Yearly dates: Late-November through early December

Clothing and Toiletry Drive

Our annual clothing and toiletry drive collects basic necessities from University departments to distribute during an event supporting Open Doors and its efforts to assist those experiencing poverty and homelessness in St. Louis. The greatest needs include professional attire for job interviews, simple household items such as towels and linens, and hygiene items like soap, shampoo and toothbrushes.

Yearly dates: February

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 Global Citizenship, suite 130.

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.