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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, D.C. 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. 

Not sure where to start? Explore our list of service opportunities in the DC area. 

What’s coming up

Day of Service challenge: MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, and is observed each year to encourage community volunteering. It will be marked this year at AU between Jan. 18-30. What are you doing this year? Register your project and tell us!

MLK Visionary Award: The Martin Luther King, Jr. 2020 Visionary Award will be given to an American University alum who has displayed civic engagement, leadership, and service through his/her/their involvement with area schools, community agencies, and/or nonprofit organizations. We will be awarding an outstanding member of American University's alumni group who is actively engaged in the DC area this January 27th from 7-8pm. Register here to join us for this ceremony!

Alternative Breaks: All 2020-2021 Alternative Break Programs will be conducted in a virtual / online format at no cost to students. Apply by Jan. 29, 2021 to participate.  Find out about the programs and opportunities! 

Martin Luther King Day of Service Challenge

This year, we’re challenging AU students to pick a day between Jan. 18-30 to participate in our MLK Day of Service Challenge and show how Eagles live out Dr. King’s ideals of service, wherever we are!

For a free MLK t-shirt, please register by January 8! (Though you can register throughout the challenge.)

Please share your service (if you can) by using our hashtags #AUMLK Challenge. We look forward to seeing the change that YOU enact in your community!

Looking for ideas? Check out this list of safe, physically distant service projects that you can do anywhere.

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.

Apply for CSLP

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 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