Making a Difference
Fifty-three percent of Clark students volunteer in the community. That outstanding percentage illustrates the connections and commitment that Clark students have to local organizations. At Clark, there are many ways students can volunteer their time in Worcester. The Community Engagement and Volunteering (CEV) Center is the primary campus resource for students interested in volunteering. Each fall, the CEV Center sponsors a Community Engagement and Internship Fair with Career Services so students can find an opportunity that fits their interests and schedule. Clark volunteers spend their time as mentors in the St. Peter's Mentoring Program, with the local gardens through the Regional Environmental Council, or visiting the elderly at Donna Kay Nursing Home. There are also over 20 student groups that are community service based, from Clark University Brothers and Sisters (CUBS) to Best Buddies. Whatever your interest and level of experience, the CEV Center can point you in the right direction!
Something for Everyone
For those students reluctant to make a weekly commitment, there are many one-time service projects and events throughout the year. Just Do It Day is an annual event each April that recruits more than 200 Clarkies to volunteer at over 15 sites in the Worcester community. We also support fundraisers/walks in the community. Clark students also have their own unique and creative ways of giving back to their local community. Each year about 30 students climb up and down the stairs of Jonas Clark for exactly one hour (11pm-midnight) with the intention of raising money for the YWCA Daybreak. The YWCA Daybreak has an intimate connection with Clark University because it was founded by a Clark student and professor in 1970. The "Stair-A-Thon" is one of a thousand ways that Clarkies give back to their deserved community! The current record for the "Stair-A-Thon" holds a solid 63 laps, so start training now if you plan on competing!
Being an Active Community Member
There is more to community engagement than volunteering your time. Its all about participation and being an active part of your growing community. A well informed and actively engaged citizen is able to speak about local political issues and explores the many recreational opportunities available. There are always fun things one can do to support the Worcester community such as cheering on the Worcester Sharks Ice Hockey team or rooting for the Worcester Tornados baseball team. Interested in nature? Well then you're in the right place. There are dozens of hiking and exploration opportunities that you can do to explore the larger Worcester area. make the most of your four years here in Worcester! The Discover Worcester webpage can help direct you to the answers to your questions. Get out there and find out what Worcester has to offer!
Clark University has been recognized for it's commitment to community engagement by being named a Carnegie Community Engaged campus. Clark is one of 361 institutions that hold the Community Engagement classification.
Clark University has been honored with being part of the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. It is the highest federal recognition an institution of higher education can receive for its community service work.