Community Engagement | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


Community Engagement

  • We always have opportunities for you to engage in our community. Find something you’re passionate about and go serve.

    Programs and Events

    • Crusader Day of Service - Our annual community engagement kickoff. In the fall each academic year, team up with some friends (or make some new ones!) and serve with a community partner in Columbus. Information will be available at the beginning of fall semester each year about opportunities to serve. If you are interested in being a site for Crusader Day of Service, please register your organization here.
    • Saturday Service Series - Two Saturdays a month, join us. Transportation is provided as we travel to different community partners throughout the Columbus area.
    • VanBuren Center Meal Serving - The Van Buren Center is a homeless shelter- one of its first of its kind in the country, with community organizations working together to eradicate homelessness in our community. Join us two Tuesdays a month to serve dinner.
    • Christmas Tree Lighting - Each year, we light a giant Christmas tree on campus. More importantly, we spend the month leading up to the Tree Lighting collecting coats and warm weather accessories for a homeless shelter in Columbus.

    Mentorship Opportunities

    • Distinction Mentoring Program - Spend a couple of hours each Friday with students at Mifflin Middle School in this program designed to help students create a greater sense of community amongst their peers, and a greater sense of self-respect individually. You will laugh, learn, and definitely make an impact on the students you’re working with. They’ll make quite the impact on you too. 
    • America Reads Tutoring Program - Capital’s city-wide tutoring program is open to students of all majors. Spend 2-15 hours a week reading and doing homework with students from across the city. You’re guaranteed to learn a lot of patience and have fun in the process. Apply here to become an America Reads tutor.
    Awareness Events

    Throughout the academic year, the SCE hosts awareness events focused on different social justice issues including homelessness and hunger, violence against women, and World AIDS Day. 

    Service-Learning Courses

    During your time at Capital, you’ll be invited to take service-learning courses. The purpose of these courses is to engage students in experiences that address human and community needs with structured opportunities for reflection intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. At Capital, service-learning is constantly evolving, as our goal is to fill needs-driven priorities shared between our community and the University. 

    »  Service-Learning Course completion form (for administrative use)