The purpose of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to promote civic engagement and leadership by connecting University of Arkansas students, faculty and staff with nonprofit organizations in the Northwest Arkansas area and beyond.

Mission Statement:

Empowering students through service to change the world.

Vision Statement:

To cultivate students’ strengths, facilitate their learning in order to identify societal needs, and empower them to create solutions to those needs through service.

The Website

In order to serve this purpose, the CCE maintains volunteer.uark.edu which enables volunteers to search for agencies and service projects. It allows users to log service hours and earn opportunities for community recognition, such as the President's Volunteer Service Award.

NWA agencies and University of Arkansas registered student organizations also utilize the site to post service opportunities and recruit volunteers. Over 170 organizations are registered on the site, such as Habitat for Humanity, the U of A Friday Night Live program and Potter’s House Thrift.

The Program

The CCE also houses the Volunteer Action Center, a student led volunteer coordination board with 30 members who are dedicated to active service in the community. Each year the VAC provides meaningful service opportunities through events and ongoing projects that engage the university and NWA communities.

VAC sponsors programs and events including the Full Circle Food Pantry, Make a Difference Day, and the MLK Day of Service.

Involvement

  1. Drop by the Center for Community Engagement, Arkansas Union Rm. A643, and chat with the office’s great staff and students!
  2. Look for service opportunities on volunteer.uark.edu and log your hours. Just one hour makes you a VAC Volunteer!
  3. Participate in events hosted by VAC and CCE throughout the year.
  4. Become a VAC board member in the spring.