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Campus Resources
  • Alternative Break ProgramEach year, James Madison University offers student led and developed service breaks to locations in the United States and abroad. Each service team typically consists of 12 student participants, two student co-leaders and a faculty or staff learning partner. Most breaks take place during the spring break period, but breaks are offered during various JMU academic breaks (January, May, weekends, etc.).
  • C3 Program - The Office of Human Resources developed the C3 (Career, Community, Connection) program to complement recruiting and retention efforts by assisting newly hired faculty or staff members that will be relocating to the area. 
  • Campus Volunteer Opportunities
    • Commencement
    • Forbes Center
    • The Big Event - The Big Event is an annual university-wide day of service that happens every April at JMU. It is an opportunity for JMU students to show their appreciation for the surrounding Harrisonburg community by participating in service and beautification projects in and around Harrisonburg. Look for information each spring semester.
  • Center for Global EngagementThe Center for Global Engagement is committed to the principle that international experiences and perspectives are essential to any undergraduate and graduate education. To that end, we promote and encourage a critical awareness of world issues; a knowledge of and an appreciation for other cultures, languages, and belief systems; a sense of global community; and a commitment to engagement at the international level, that we may educate active and responsible global citizens.
  • Civic Learning ProgramThe Civic Learning Mentor Experience is an informal mentoring program that gives students the opportunity to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with a JMU faculty member, staff member, or graduate student.
  • Community Service LeaveClassified employees receive 16 hours of paid leave per leave year to perform volunteer services through eligible non-profit organizations within or outside their communities.
External Resources
  • Harisonburg Downtown Renaissance - Established in 2003, HDR set out to reverse the devastating impact many years of economic decline had on downtown. Today, downtown is the heart and soul of Harrisonburg. There is always something to do, including dance classes; art workshops and yoga at our craft breweries; live music; the farmers market; art exhibits; movies, and so much more. Our walkable, bikeable community offers much to explore from 30+ restaurants to museums to local history. Our quality of life is highly sought after -- downtown Harrisonburg is a livable, vibrant community where people are passionate about the Shenandoah Valley and creating a place that we love together. Downtown is where you can start your business, walk to work, meet your neighbors, raise your family, enjoy the mountains, get involved, and shop local.
  • Harrisonburg Parks and RecreationThe mission of the Harrisonburg Department of Parks and Recreation is to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of every citizen by providing comprehensive leisure service opportunities. The department's mission is also to develop and maintain a safe system of open spaces and public facilities for the use and enjoyment by the community.
  • Rockingham County Parks and Recreation - The mission of the Rockingham County Parks and Recreation program is to foster lifetime involvement in and appreciation of activities that enrich the lives of all citizens of Rockingham County by providing high quality recreation and leisure activities.
  • United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County - Uniting our community to empower people in need. We are an organization that forms partnerships and collaborations in the interest of positive social change.

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