Break Away
Break Away's® Mission is to promote service on the local, regional, national and international levels through break-oriented programs which immerse students in often vastly different cultures, heighten social awareness and advocate life-long social action.

Campus Opportunity Outreach League
Today's active students and campuses need tangible ways to connect their personal and local actions with the larger movement of people who are serving to better our nation. Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL) aims to be a leader in student civic engagement.

Capital Experience Internships
The Capital Experience Internships is a program where students intern four days per week in the Washington, D.C. area. Internship sponsors come from government agencies, businesses, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. As an IEL intern, you become an active part of the office, with real responsibilities. Depending on your interests and choice of internship, you will have the opportunity to interact with experts and professionals in your field.

Children's Defense Fund
Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a national nonprofit organization that exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all children of America, who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

Community Development Semester in Washington
If you are interested in public policy and community issues (such as housing, health care, and education) and would like to spend a semester interning and learning about these issues in Washington, DC, consider the Transforming Communities Semester or other programs in American University's Washington Semester Program. Go to or Partial scholarships and summer programs available. If you have questions, e-mail Professor Katharine at

Earth Work
Earth Work's mission is to "build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land."

Everett Public Service Internship Program
The Everett Public Service Internship Program serves two goals. First, it encourages students' future involvement in public service by acquainting them with the challenges and rewards of public interest work. Second, it provides the public interest community, which too often operate on limited resources, with the dedication, energy, and idealism that interns bring to their work.

H.E.C.U.A is a consortium of 15 Midwest colleges and universities, building academic-community partnerships for social change, using community-based learning methods to explore the dynamic relationships between theory and practice and to equip students with skills and knowledge for building just communities and societies.

Maryland Student Service Alliance
The Maryland Student Service Alliance (MSSA) is a public/private partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Student Community Service Foundation, Inc. Founded in 1988 by a group of educators that included Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (currently Maryland's Lt. Governor), MSSA provides technical assistance and support to public school students, teachers, administrators, and school districts to help them meet Maryland's service-learning high school graduation requirement.

National Coalition for the Homeless
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national advocacy network of homeless persons, activists, service providers, and others committed to ending homelessness through public education, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and technical assistance.

National Wildlife Federation
For more than sixty years, the National Wildlife Federation has been a leader in environmental education, reaching out to the communities where children and adults live, work and play. Explore NWF's educational pathways to understanding, appreciating and safeguarding the natural world.

Overseas Development Network
Overseas Development Network (ODN) is a national, student-based, non-profit organization. Its mission is to inspire a life-long commitment in students to work for global justice through sustainable community development.

People for the American Way
People For the American Way Foundation is committed to defending democracy and bringing the ideals of community, opportunity, diversity, equality and fairness together to form a strong, united voice. To achieve this, PFAWF conducts research, legal and education work, as well as monitors and researches the Religious Right movement and its political allies. The organization is a premier source of vital information for policymakers, scholars and activists nationwide.

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) provides high school students, college students and others with meaningful conservation service internships and volunteer opportunities in our National Parks, Forests and other public lands. All SCA positions are expense-paid and tuition-free. Conservation internships range from three up to twelve months in over 50 disciplines.

United Planet
United Planet mission is to unite the world and promote peace through enhancing cross-cultural understanding and friendship. We do this by providing volunteer programs called United Planet Quests. These are humanitarian and cross- cultural learning programs where participants can choose to focus on educational, environmental, construction, or healthcare projects for a period of 1-12 weeks (short-term projects) or 6 months to 1 year (long-term projects). Exciting volunteer quests are offered to over 50 countries. These quests provide a wonderful opportunity to learn and immerse in a foreign culture, while making a difference in important causes, such as education, healthcare, environmental conservation, housing, disabilities, and more.


The Community Engagement & Volunteer Center has not been able to review or vet most of the following opportunities, so please thoroughly conduct your own research.  However, we still want to share any opportunities that we are aware of in the event it may be a great fit for another service opportunity for you.  Please direct all questions about these opportunities directly to the contacts listed within the post.  If you do indeed connect with any of these opportunities, we'd love to hear about your experience (  Best wishes as you seek out more ways to become an active and global citizen.

During this challenging time, Community Organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley are leading efforts to support individuals and families in our community. They cannot do this work alone - we are all in this together! 

As part of the efforts to continue to mitigate and respond to the pandemic, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is hiring temporary contractors in a variety of positions to aid in the COVID-19 response. VDH started hiring for contract positions in May, and while many positions have been filled, there is still a need to hire people for the following positions

  •  COVID-19 case investigator 
  •  COVID-19 contact tracer 
  •  COVID-19 testing coordinator 
  •  COVID-19 regional containment advisors 
  •  COVID-19 data manager
  •  COVID-19 analytics coordinator 

These positions are temporary (6+ months) and are 32- 40 hours a week with competitive pay. Applicants must be willing and able to work weekends as needed. Hired contractors will be able to work remotely but will be asked to come to district offices as needed. No public health or healthcare experience required for contact tracer positions. Please note that you should only apply for these positions through ONE staffing agency of your choosing. HERE is more information on all of the options and how to apply. (posted 6/16/20)

For Current Students:

Innisfree Village is looking for Residential Volunteers!

Innisfree Village is a residential community with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1971, individuals from around the world have come to serve as Residential Volunteers. Alongside their residents and staff, volunteers live, work, and play in a close-knit environment, learning from each other and developing profound relationships. Residents and the volunteers work side-by-side in our art studio, community kitchen, bakery, woodshop, farm, weavery, and organic gardens. Along with room and board, a modest stipend, paid vacation days, health insurance, and student loan support, to name a few of the incentives, the benefits of experiencing a year in their community will give students/graduates the freedom to learn new skills and explore personal growth, to develop meaningful connections with others, and to take on real-world responsibility outside of school while also building up their resumes.

Apply here:

Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is hiring!

Become an Academic Success Program Leader for age groups 6-12 and 13-18. This AmeriCorps position is responsible for creating and maintaining a clean, safe, and fun environment for all Club Members. Leaders attend year-round weekly onsite face-to-face mentoring sessions with assigned youth alongside year-round program implementation and work October until July or August between 7am – 6pm Monday through Friday.

Email for the application and more information.

On the Road Collaborative is hiring!

Join On the Road Collaborative's team of dynamic, motivated, and caring individuals who are working together to empower middle and high school youth, and set them on the road to college and career. 

Youth Leaders are the lead staff for their after-school programs, working in a supportive and driven team environment to help the youth on the road to college and a career. Typically 5-12 hours per week. $12-$14/hour.

Teach the Emerging Chefs career enrichment class and empower youth with cooking skills, farm-to-table knowledge, and healthy eating habits. Typically 3-6 hours per week. $12-$14/hour. 


 The Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education and Future Forward programs of JMU’s Institute for Innovation in Health & Human Services

In keeping with the mission of IIHHS, which is to engage students in career preparation by promoting scholarship, providing interprofessional learning experiences, and connecting our campus communities through innovative
programs that advance quality of life, the SVMEP and Future Forward are excited to offer this unique and valuable opportunity to enthusiastic JMU students.

Would you like to: 
• Work with ELL (English Language Learner) students in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County?
• Tutor based on your interests and expertise?
• Improve your résumé?

If you are:
• Willing to commit 2-3 hours per week,
• Interested in connecting with local communities,
• And passionate about making a difference in the
lives of young people!

Contact them today!

Trail Building and Maintenance with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

 SVBC has two ongoing trail projects from Spring-Fall, one at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg and the other at Massanutten's Western Slope in Keezeltown. The Hillandale project takes place every Thursday at 5pm and is generally maintaining and repairing the existing trail network. The Massanutten Western Slope project work days are every other Saturday, at 9:00am (beginning April 14). The aim is to building additional single track connector trails in an effort to tie together the existing trail network. Groups who would volunteer would need no experience in trail building. Tools/work gloves provided, and "trail bosses" guide the project. It would also be a good way for those participating to check out the trail networks of each location if they've never been to them. Questions/want to bring a group? Contact


For Recent Graduates: 

Good Shepherd Volunteers is Recruiting in NYC, NJ, and Washington DC!

Good Shepherd Volunteers (GSV) is recruiting for roles in a variety of positions, including Public Policy work in NYC, Education at a special needs high school in NJ, or National Advocacy work just outside of Washington DC. Good Shepherd Volunteers is a one-year full-time volunteer program that serves women, children, and adolescents affected by poverty, violence, and neglect in the United States. Volunteers live in intentional community with each other, have a small living stipend, and practice the four GSV tenets (program values): social justice, community, spirituality, and simplicity. The 2021-2022 cohort will begin August 2021.

Learn more about GSV here:

Apply here by February 15:

Appalachian Conservation Corps. Has Positions In DC, MD, and VA!

Appalachian Conservation Corps. has the following positions open:


Conservation Crew listings:

All ACC position openings can be found here: Open Positions | Appalachian Conservation Corps (

Passion Impact 

Passion Impact is a nonprofit devoted to empowering students to chase their passions through community service. We serve low income students and students of color with the goal to minimize the opportunity gap through the application and reflection of job skills learned through volunteerism. 

The organization was started by a 2013 JMU alum after a study abroad experience. He was motivated to start a nonprofit based on an entrepreneurship class and the connection he'd had volunteering as a Big Brother with BBBS all 4 years he was on campus. He would love to make sure more JMU students have an opportunity to give back in a way that is meaningful to them!

They are currently hiring a full time AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA Member. 

Read more (

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest

George Washington and Jefferson National Forest is seeking applicants for a six-month Forestry Technician Internship through Greening Youth Foundation.

For questions, please contact:
Michelle Marsich
Great Appalachian Valley Conservation Corps - Recruitment Assistant
Arizona Conservation Corps - Administrative Assistant
Cell: 540.372.0794


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