About the Center for Community Engagement and Service An Overview

Welcome, and thanks for visiting the Center for Community Engagement and Service!

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.

We support any member of the AU family trying to become engaged in social issues. Alternative Breaks offer domestic and international field experience to students and staff, while our DC Reads program allows students to improve literacy in Washington, DC. Our Freshman Service Experience pairs hundreds of incoming students with DC’s many nonprofit organizations, connecting these students – through service – with their new home and the issues facing it.

Over 3000 AU undergraduate students volunteer each year, and there’s still more work to be done. If you’re already a member of the AU community, we invite you to help advance our campaign for social justice and civic engagement. If you’re considering AU for your studies, we hope you’ll join us at a university that truly puts ideas into action and action into service.

President's Higher Education community Service Honor Roll

60,000 Hours of Community Service

AU Vaults onto the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Five Years in a Row!

Check out these service opportunities:

Service-Learning, courses offered through AU schools and colleges, such as a writing course that addressed school equity issues;

D.C. Reads, an off-campus literacy project aimed at improving the reading level of children in grades K-8;

Alternative Breaks, including a trip to Chicago focused on working with urban youth

Learn & Serve Details

DC History & Local Area Studies

Want to learn more about DC? Or finding an area to experience service-learning while at AU? Click the button below to learn more!

Learn About DC

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic Member

Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic(CCMA)educates college students to become active citizens who are well-equipped to develop creative solutions to society's most pressing issues.

About CCMA

Community Service-Learning Program

Through the Community Service-Learning Program, students receive an additional credit linked to a regular three or four credit course in exchange for completing 40 hours of service work relevant to the course's subject.

About Community Learning