Service Learning


Service Learning

Center for Service and The Smith Chapel
The Center for Service sponsors annual volunteer events such as Service Fest, Hunger and Homelessness Week, the Shining Star Program, an MLK Service Project, and Alternative Spring Break. In addition, The Center for Service sponsors other service opportunities and assists students and student organizations with developing meaningful volunteer experiences. The Center for Service collects students' volunteer hours and hosts the Service Awards at the end of the spring semester.

Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is a week long service trip that offers students a complete immersion into a community that is different from their own, allowing them to learn about themselves and others. Past ASB groups have traveled to the Gulf Coast region to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Hunger and Homelessness Week
This weeklong program features a variety of service opportunities aimed at raising awareness of this issue of hunger and homelessness. In past years, the Behrend Community has collected food, household items, and monetary donations for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and has also hosted a Cardboard City, a speaker, and an Empty Bowls Lunch.

Service Week
Service Week provides Behrend students with the opportunity to learn about and participate in community service projects at the beginning of the semester. Previous years have included a Volunteer Fair, Nonprofit Day (students served at St. Mary's Home of Erie and ExpERIEnce Children's Museum) and participation in the International Coastal Cleanup.

For more information on service learning opportunities offered at Penn State Behrend, contact Christopher Fox, Assistant Director, Civic Engagement and The Smith Chapel, at 814-898-6609 or