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ExploreDC participants 2019

Welcome to CCES

The Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES) is AU’s hub for community outreach, volunteering and service-learning opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond. Being part of the DC community is an important part of the student experience at AU, and CCES is where students come to connect.

You can tutor DC students with DC Reads. Earn class credit with volunteer work through the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP). Participate in or lead a domestic or global service experience through the Alternative Breaks Program. You can even turn your passion into a project with an Eagle Endowment. 

4th Annual MLK Visionary Award

This award seeks to honor an outstanding member of American University's alumni community that is currently working in the nonprofit sector or in education in the DMV area. The winner of the MLK Visionary Award will receive $750 to go towards their organization. Nominate an AU alum you know is doing great work in our community by Dec 2, 2022 https://tinyurl.com/mssp5hda.

DC Reads tutor with student from DC Public Schools

DC Reads

Love AU? Love Service? Have Federal Work Study? Apply to become a DC Reads Tutor! Click on the link below to learn more.

Apply to DC Reads

Students working on community-based learning project

Community-Based Learning and Research

Want to earn credit, apply skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, and serve the local community?

Learn More

Alternative Breaks. Learn. Engage. Reflect.

Alternative Breaks

This year we are pleased to offer a dozen programs focused on a variety of social justice issues.

About Alt Breaks

Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service. Student at service project site.

Eagle Endowment

Propose a service project for an Eagle Endowment Grant today! Please click below for more information.

Propose a Project

Read Your World Day

One Day Service Events

ODSE provides opportunities for the AU community to connect with greater, diverse community of DC.

About One Day Service Events

Student volunteers building a bench during Explore DC

Explore DC

EDC is a program for incoming/new students to explore their new home through social justice issues.

About Explore DC