Volunteering helps to open your eyes to the world and give you a sense of purpose. I like being a person that others can go to for help.” - Viviana Pimental, Biology major

The Center for Community Engagement's Volunteer Program provides our campus community with a range of co-curricular opportunities to invest their time, talent, and skills into the community. Whether you want to participate in one of our established programs like Serve It Up! or find a specific opportunity related to your field of study or interest, we can help you get started.

With over 80 approved community partners, countless volunteer opportunities exist to advance the common good. Volunteers can find opportunities that match their career path or personal interests, broaden their perspective, and become engaged in the work happening on the ground to create positive social change.

The Center provides one-on-one consultations to the campus community seeking assistance planning a student, club/organization or department volunteer event. We maintain a database of local volunteer projects and provide several leadership development opportunities.

If you would like the Center for Community Engagement to help coordinate a volunteer opportunity for your individual, club/organization or department volunteer event, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form


 The Center for Community Engagement offers SERVE IT UP! a year-long student-led program that provides one-day volunteer service opportunities in Ventura County. Participants are provided with a Serve It Up t-shirt, bus transportation, and an opportunity to participate in several days of service. These volunteer service days are open to the campus community. RSVP link will be up soon!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Many CSUCI Clubs & Organizations have a service and social justice mission.
  • Find meaningful volunteer opportunities to meet real local community needs and promote volunteerism and civic engagement.
  • Healthcare students and professionals can seek volunteer opportunities, along with tips on how to select the right fit here.
  • Points of Light Virtual Volunteer Opportunities - Explore national virtual volunteer activities.
  • Virtual volunteering opportunities are diverse, wide-ranging, and draw from a broad pool of skills and expertise. Whether you’re turning to remote work due to the pandemic or looking to balance your busy schedule, there is something for everyone—you just need to know where to look and how to get started.
  • United Way Ventura County Volunteer Database helps students interested in making a positive impact in the community find a volunteer opportunity. Volunteer today using the easy-to-search online database provided by United Way of Ventura County.
  • Become part of a community of like-minded students interested in international service and the betterment of all peoples by joining CSUCI’s Peace Corps Prep program and earning a Peace Corps (PC) Prep certificate from the United States Peace Corps. Learn more about the Peace Corps Prep program or contact Dr. Andrea Grove at andrea.grove@csuci.edu

Nonprofit Careers

  • Idealist connects millions of idealists – people who want to do good – with job, internship and volunteer opportunities for action and collaboration all over the world.
  • The Peace Corps  takes a different approach to making a difference. If you are inspired by impact that is hands-on, grassroots-driven, and lasting, learn more about their mission here

Volunteer Resources

Seed Grants

Seed Grants are available to student clubs or organizations working to “grow” a social action project or program that would benefit or create change on campus or in the community. SEED grants are available up to $500. For more information visit the application page.


To learn more about how you can get involved in the community, AmeriCorps VIP, Laurie Geier at laurie.geier@csuci.edu

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