Primary Site Placements

Civic Engagement Scholars are responsible for identifying their own primary site placement, but CCEL is happy to provide support in this process.

Community Service resources

CCEL has a variety of resources that can help Scholars identify potential primary sites.

  • CCEL E-News: When nonprofits have volunteer needs, CCEL lists them in our weekly E-newsletter, so you will want to keep an eye on that.
  • CampusGroups: Join CCEL's CampusGroups page and click "Events" to view upcoming opportunities.
  • CCEL Community Service Advising: If you would like more individualized help finding service opportunities, please visit the CCEL office on the first floor of the Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite #165 near the Bellflower Rd entrance.
CCEL Serves

Another great way to complete your Scholars hours is by becoming a regular volunteer at one of our weekly CCEL Serves sites. Transportation is provided to these sites.

  • CCEL Flexible Serves: You can make a flexible CCEL Serves site your primary site if you sign up on an date by date basis and attend enough times to complete at least 20 hours at one site.
  • CCEL Semester Serves: These sites require a semester-long commitment, so they can easily be your primary site as long as you fulfill your commitment and serve weekly.

Contact Adrian Griffin with any questions about the CCEL Serves program.

Student Organizations

Many student organizations coordinate regular service opportunities at local nonprofits. You can find student organizations in CampusGroups.

Below are some organizations that have offered regular service opportunities in the past. Please note that a Scholars primary site must be a Cleveland nonprofit that benefits from the service, not the student organization (with the exception of the Labre project). Some examples of nonprofit beneficiaries are listed below.

Student Organization Type of Volunteer Opportunity Nonprofit Beneficiary
Big Brothers Big Sisters College students are assigned a local youth to mentor Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland
Cleveland Public Schools Connection Facilitating afterschool activities with middle school students Michael R. White School
Labre Project Building relationships with people experiencing homelessness Labre Project
Habitat for Humanity Building and restoring homes. Volunteering at the "Restore" shop. Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland
Spartans for Special Olympics Opportunities to volunteer with individuals with disabilities Various
Colleges Against Cancer Opportunities to volunteer with cancer patients and caregivers at Hope Lodge American Cancer Society
SpartanTHON Opportunities to volunteer at Rainbow Babies Children's Hospital and with the Children's Miracle Network Rainbow Babies OR Children's Miracle Network
Alpha Phi Omega Various service opportunities at nonprofits Various
Advocates for Cleveland Health Public health outreach opportunities Various
Project Sunshine Craft activities to benefit patients at University Hospitals University Hospitals
Kids Against Hunger Packing food to be donated to local pantries Cleveland Foodbank