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  • About Community Engagement at SFU: Our students, faculty and staff collaborate with the community to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and resources of the University for the common good. Through community-engaged courses, our faculty encourage students to address societal needs in the community. Our SFUServes Ambassadors program employs students to assist faculty with large community service projects. SFU also sponsors domestic and international service mission trips. 

  • Find community partners and Record service hours at our Google site.

    Community Engaged Learning Network

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    • A Heart for Service
    • Community-Engaged Courses
    • SFUServes Ambassadors
    • Domestic & International Service Mission Trips
    • Community Engaged Learning Network
    A Heart for Service

    Students with a heart for service seem to gravitate to Saint Francis University. Community engagement is deeply embedded in the culture of the institution, and is one of the six transformational experiences identified in the University’s strategic plan… Francis 2020

    Our heart for service comes from the lessons that our patron St. Francis of Assisi himself imparted on us. St. Francis taught us that those have been given much are expected to give back. 

    In 2019-20, our students recorded 29,866 hours of community service, valued at more than $759,492 dollars, according to the Independent Sector. Service is a way of life for our athletes, Greek communities, and every student organization on campus. Many faculty embed service opportunities in course work and in research projects so students can learn academic content by helping others. 

    Student who record more than 100 hours of service during their undergraduate years are recognized at the Become that Someone Community Engagement Awards event. 

    2017-18 & 2018-19 Annual Update

    Videos: SFU Serves YouTube

    Community-Engaged Courses

    Community-engaged (CE) courses reflect the Carnegie Foundation's tenants of community engagement...the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their large communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. In CE courses, students apply what they are learning in class to meet a community need, guided by their professor and collaborating with a community partner.  

    All students are also required to take Franciscan Values for Today which has a 10 hour service-learning requirement.


    Watch videos from CE courses to learn more >

    SFUServes Ambassadors

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    SFUServes Ambassador Program pairs students with faculty who are teaching a community-engaged course or who are responsible for large community service projects. The Ambassadors earn wages, as well as gain valuable organizational and leadership skills by assisting faculty. Current Ambassadors are helping faculty with R.O.C.K., American Sign Language, and Center for Watershed Research & Service, Science Outreach Center, WWII Museum, and Institute for Energy, and the Toy Lending Library.  Interested in becoming a SFUServes Ambassador? Contact


    Domestic & International Service Mission Trips

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    Alternative Spring Break

    Many students choose to spend their spring break serving others, both internationally and domestically.  The HUGS (Helping the Underprivileged by Giving our Service) program welcomes volunteers from all academic disciplines. Health science majors provide medical care and rehabilitation therapy in rural clinics. Spanish minors provide medical translations services. Business majors conduct a micro-lending program. Science majors restore wetlands and assist at a camp for Bahamian children. Education majors assist at a special needs school. Since 2006, HUGS volunteers have traveled to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Jamaica,  Nicaragua, and St. Lucia.

      HUGS Application

    Domestic Day Trips

    During the academic year, the CCE sponsors weekend trips to Altoona, Johnstown and Pittsburgh. Students help at food pantries, the Humane Society and thrift shops. 


    Community Engaged Learning Network

    The University welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the community, including non-profits, schools and government agencies who have volunteer and internship needs. 

    Learn more about becoming a member of the Saint Francis University Community Engaged Learning Network. Contact us at

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