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Community Engagement

Changing the world, one small act at a time.

At Otterbein University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we believe that even small acts can change the world. And we believe that there are many ways to change the world. So we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in areas that range from planting trees to tutoring children, and from walking dogs to scrapbooking with senior citizens. For those who want to volunteer a few hours each term, and for those who want to volunteer several hours each week, we have it all!

Update: The Center for Community Engagement at Otterbein Constitution Day activities are featured in NASPA (click for story).

Leading to Succeed

Sportsmanship shines through with Otterbein Sports Pals program

Promoting sportsmanship and good behavior to a generation of future leaders is the goal of Otterbein University’s Sports Pals outreach program.

The partnership between Otterbein and Avalon Elementary School allows volunteers from several Otterbein student organizations the opportunity to dedicate a few hours each week to serving more than 50 low-income children at Avalon.

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Otterbein Named President's Award Finalist

President's Honor RollDec. 8, 2014 -- The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Otterbein University a finalist for the President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service. This nationwide designation is part of the 2014 Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, and recognizes the institution and its students for their commitment to volunteer service. 

Otterbein also was recognized “With Distinction” for its commitment to General Community Service and Education Community Service. This is the eighth consecutive year Otterbein has been recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. Otterbein won the President’s Award for General Community Service in 2007 and was a finalist for the President’s Award in 2006 and 2012.

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

Otterbein University Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Otterbein is the only central Ohio school with the Carnegie Classification of Master's Universities to earn Community Engagement classification.
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About Us

Learn more about what makes the CCE an award winning program.

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We believe in community service so much that we bring it into the classroom.

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Student Volunteer Programs

Our volunteer programs are led by students, for students.

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Community Based Research

Our research teams address some of the toughest problems in town.

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Community Partnerships

We form partnerships that help our students learn and serve.

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/ Center for Community Engagement

The CCE is located in the Mikesell House, 82 W. Main St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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