Support for Nonprofit Organizations

Welcome! The Center for Community Engagement & Service (CCES) is American University’s hub for community outreach, volunteering, and service-learning.

This page offers a list of opportunities and resources for nonprofits who engage with AU students and the AU community. To meet with a representative from our office and find out how we may be able to support your efforts, use the links below.

Nonprofit Needs Assessment Schedule a Meeting

Partnering with CCES

CCES makes a distinction between organizations we work with and our “Community Partners.” Community Partners are organizations that have committed to a long-lasting partnership with AU and its students.

Community Partners complete semesterly Volunteer Needs Surveys so CCES can match student volunteers with Community Partner needs, provide feedback on experiences with CCES and AU students, attend exclusive networking and volunteer recruitment events, and more!

For a full list of expectations and benefits, start our Community Partner Application:

Community Partner Application

Interested in the work of our current community partners? Learn more about them in this list:

  • Washington English Center: Provides English language instruction and workforce development to adult immigrants.
  • 826 DC: Supports DC students with their writing skills through workshops and writing labs.
  • Girls Rock! DC: Provides music programs for girls and non-binary youth that promote self-expression, leadership, and social change.
  • The Family Place DC: Offers free education and social services in Spanish to immigrant and low income households.
  • Friendship Place: Provides housing and social services for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Hope Multiplied: Offers health, wellness, community development, and socio-economic programs to support individuals in the DC Metro area.
  • Horton’s Kids: Empowers children in DC’s under resourced communities by offering academic, wellness, family engagement, and youth development services.
  • KEEN Greater DC: Supports youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive, one-on-one physical activity programs.
  • LAYC Career Academy: Empowers youth between the ages of 16-24 by providing college preparatory education and career training.

Upcoming Events

1/16: Spring Semester Begins

1/24, 12 - 2 p.m.: Spring Nonprofit Networking Fair 

1/24: CSLP Students begin looking for nonprofit organizations to engage with for 35 hours of service-learning.

3/10-3/17: Spring Break

4/29: Last Day of Spring Classes

5/3: Verified hours in GivePulse due for CSLP students

Service-Learning at AU

Want to learn how AU students get involved with the DMV community through community-based (AKA service-learning) programs? Click the button below to learn more about how your organization can engage with our students!

Service-Learning Programs


View and fill out our Capital Needs Assessments to have your Non-Profit matched with available AU resources, including requests for volunteers.

Needs Surveys


GivePulse is a volunteer management system used by AU where Non-Profits can post events, recruit volunteers from multiple universities, and verify service hours. Click below to learn more.

GivePulse Resources