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.

Work Study Opportunity Available

A work study position is available for a Service Support Specialist.  This person supports the Center for Community Engagement and its associated programs including the Full Circle Food Pantry, Alternative Spring Break, Make a Difference Day, Volunteer Action Center, and other service engagement opportunities. Service Support Specialists perform office support tasks and provide customer service support through telephone and in-person interactions with students, staff, the campus community, and the local community. The successful candidate will understand the value of volunteerism, demonstrate excellent customer service skills, enjoy working in a fast paced office environment, and multi-task by answering the telephone and interacting with the public while accomplishing support tasks. Candidate must be able to work in a professional manner within a busy office environment. Solid working knowledge of various computer programs including MS Word and Excel are desired (but not required). Candidate must be punctual, responsible, and have ability to multitask and work independently. This job is only offered to students who have received a work study award.  Base pay is 7.25 an hour.  Hours are 10-15 per week between 8 AM and 5 PM on M-F. If interested, please email completed application, resume and hours of availability to Kamille Barker at kamilleb@uark.edu or drop it off at ARKU A643. 

Download Service Support Specialist Application