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Volunteer retreat with CCES staff

Welcome to the Center for Community Engagement and Service!

Students volunteering at So Others Might Eat organization

As an institution, AU is committed to advancing social justice and civic responsibility, and we’re at the front lines of that effort. At the Center for Community Engagement and Service – or CCES – we lead the AU community into the world to serve. From projects around DC to trips abroad, we stand with a university dedicated to improving lives in our global community.

For the 10th year in a row, American University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for excellence in service and commitment to social justice.

Click on the links below to learn more about our programs.

Read Your World Day;  globe featuring title of event, children, and a book.

Read You World Day 2019

The AU Center for Community Engagement and Service celebrates all children by reading multicultural books to elementary-aged students in the DC community March 6th, 2019.

Read Your World Day 2019 is the first launch of an annual service opportunity hosted by CCES.

By reading multicultural books, all elementary students can feel that they have the opportunity to be the main character in a book, facilitated by students and the AU community. Volunteering students can also will receive community service hours for their participation. Volunteer hours run for the duration of the event taking place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 8:30a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Ammarah the 2018-19 Newman Civic Fellow

A Force for Change

Ammarah Rehman, the 2018-19 Newman Civic Fellow for American University

By Raheem Dawodu Jr. | October 24, 2018


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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

Are you interested in connecting your classroom experience to work within the community? Learn more about CBLR.

About CBLR

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

Student volunteer reading to school children during Dr. Seuss Day of Service

One Day Service Events

ODSE provides members of the AU community with opportunities to connect with the diverse communities of Washington, DC.

About One Day Service Events

Student volunteers building a bench during Explore DC

Explore DC

EDC is a two-day program for incoming first-year and transfer students to explore their new home through social justice issues.

About Explore DC