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. You can also refer to the CCEL Community Service Advising website for more information on identifying and contacting local organizations.

If you would like more individualized recommendations for finding service opportunities, you can complete this Community Service Advising Form or visit the CCEL office.

ORG SYNC Community Service resources

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

  • Org Sync Service Opportunities list: When nonprofits have volunteer needs, CCEL lists them in our weekly E-newsletter and posts them in the Service Opportunities list on Org Sync.
  • Community Partner Database:CCEL also maintains a searchable database through Org Sync, which has information about over 100 different local nonprofit organizations. When searching this database, you can use the keyword "primary site" to see common Civic Engagement Scholars primary site.

This instructional video provides information on using the Org Sync Service Opportunities list (minutes 0:00 to 3:13) and using the Partner Database (minutes 3:13 to 6:04). The Org Sync Community Service Resources website includes written instructions for using these Org Sync resources, including a complete list of keywords that might be helpful in your search.

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 that focus on community service by logging onto Org Sync, clicking the "Organizations" header on the homepage, and then selecting the "Social Service" category.

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