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What We Do

The Community Engagement & Volunteer Center (CEVC) connects students and faculty with meaningful, community-based experiences to co-create just and sustainable communities. 

Students can get involved through local volunteer opportunities, Alternative Breaks, peer leadership, and paid positions within Harrisonburg schools and nonprofit organizations.  

By connecting with CEVC, you will find your people, shift your perspective, ignite your passion, and discover your purpose. 

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

CEVC Mission

We cultivate mutually beneficial partnerships between students, faculty, and community organizations that address community-identified priorities and contribute to student learning.  


Students are co-creators of just and sustainable communities.  

Our Values

Accountability: We accept responsibility for our actions, admit mistakes, and lead by example. 

Equity: We actively pursue fairness to combat injustice. 

Humility: We respect the members of the communities in which we work and recognize their expertise. We acknowledge and honor the differences that inform our interactions.  

Intentionality: We collaborate with campus and community partners to co-create positive outcomes and promote learning.  

Learning: We believe the pursuit of knowledge and skills is critical to life-long engagement and growth. 

Relationships: We foster interactions that build trust and understanding while considering the assets of others. 

Service: We prioritize community-identified needs and strive to exceed expectations. 

Our History

Founded in 1986 by JMU faculty members, Dr. Cecil Bradfield (Sociology) and Ann Myers (Social Work), the Community Engagement & Volunteer Center has created partnerships committed to thoughtful and meaningful community engagement across campus.


The Community Engagement & Volunteer Center (CEVC) works with over 100 community partners locally, nationally, and globally to reach community-identified goals with the support of students and faculty. 

To discuss becoming a community or faculty partner, contact us at: or (540) 568-6366. 

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