How Will You Make an Impact?
Making the world a better place starts in your own community. Through local partnerships, service projects and trips that may take you down the street or across the country, you’ll have many chances to make a difference and be a part of something larger than yourself.
Facilitate after-school activities for local children, sign up for a shift at a nearby organic farm, or help address food insecurity through Campus Kitchens. From an afternoon to a weekly commitment, we have volunteering opportunities that will fit your schedule and interests.
Laurentians care about their community, so much so that more than 300 students participate in our annual volunteer days like Make a Difference Day, Random Act of Kindness Day, and Laurentians Serve.
Community-Based Learning (CBL)
From first-year seminars to courses across all disciplines, you’ll have the chance to learn in a setting that combines civic engagement with academic instruction, critical thinking, and reflection in a reciprocal relationship that benefits our campus and community partners alike.
Whether you are hoping to intern with the Office of Volunteer Services or a non-profit supporting the greater North Country area through the St. Lawrence Public Interest Corps (SLU PIC), you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gain invaluable professional experience, make a positive impact, and join the next generation of leaders and innovators in the public interest space.
Laurentians in the Community
Service is a cornerstone of the Laurentian experience. Our students volunteer in the local community in numbers greater than any other activity on campus.
Best schools for making an impact
(The Princeton Review, 2021)
students volunteer at our annual days of service
Making a Difference
Make a Difference Day is one of over 25 time-honored traditions.
Determined to Help
Students raise money and awareness for causes they care about, such as food insecurity and cancer research.
Average number of days for alternative break trips offered each semester
weeks each year our Campus Kitchens volunteers spend reducing food waste while preparing meals for local residents
(Peace Corps 2019, 2020)
During winter and spring breaks, you can work with your peers to explore and engage with an immersive volunteering experience in communities along the East Coast, reflect on complex themes, and critically expand your worldview.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Laurentians strive to make a positive difference through actions big and small every day. You can get involved through any of a number of student-run advocacy or service organizations, including SLU’s Humane Society, SLU Advocates, Campus Kitchens, SLU Reading Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, SLU Adaptive, and so many more.
Peace Corps Prep Program
St. Lawrence has partnered with the Peace Corps to provide an undergraduate certificate program that will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experiences and build the competencies needed for students to be strong Peace Corps volunteers or other intercultural fieldworkers.