Community Based Learning and Volunteer Services | St. Lawrence University

Community Based Learning and Volunteer Services

Jo Mantzouridou Onasi ’20 and Josiah Henderson ’18

If you are passionate about giving back and would like to take courses that offer placement, where you spend on an average two hours a week, the Community-Based Learning (CBL) Office is here to help you! The CBL Office offer a variety of courses from FYP courses to English course and more. Placements from the CBL Office vary so you will definitely find something that interests you. The Canton community is always in need of committed and excited students that want to help and in return, students can get credits for their classes. At the end of every semester we have a CBL Festival, where all students have the chance to present or prepare a poster and share their experiences with the rest of the SLU community.

The CBL Office also offers some paid positions for students. These are the “CMs”, Community Mentors who are the liaison between the students and the community partners. I am the Digital Media Coordinator for our office and am responsible for creating and sharing digital content on social media platforms to raise awareness about what we  offer to students, what our community partners are doing, interviewing students and a lot more. We are using the same platforms as the Volunteer Services, so make sure you follow us at @sluserves to never miss a thing! Currently, I am working on a potential pre-trip for the CBL Office in an effort to familiarize first-year students with our office the moment they get on campus and introduce them to the Canton community by volunteering at different placements.

While the CBL Office offers numerous chances to volunteer year-round for class credit, the Volunteer Services Office also offers several opportunities to volunteer in the local community or on campus more casually. As the Marketing Coordinator for Volunteer Services, I am responsible for spreading the word about different volunteer opportunities that arise throughout the school year. We offer days of service each semester, such as Make a Difference Day, where clubs and individuals from St. Lawrence University take part in a town-wide cleanup and service day. Local businesses and residences benefit from the volunteer work offered by hundreds of students on these special service days. Volunteer Services also coordinates with many clubs whose goals vary from reducing food insecurity to providing shelter to those who are in need. We help to organize fundraising events as well as help volunteer clubs achieve their goals on a semester basis. The Volunteer Services office also offers alternative break trips during the school breaks if students are looking to give back during some of their time off from classes. Some trips include journeys to Philadelphia to work in food pantries, or drives to Kentucky to build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Another program offered by our office is called SLU PIC (Public Interest Corps) places students with internships throughout the local community to further strengthen the bonds that the University has created with the community.

If you are looking to learn more, check out Volunteer Services. If you have any further questions about our positions, don’t hesitate to contact us at our personal emails: and