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Student Volunteer Programs

Make a difference.

You can make a difference just by donating your time! Each year, Otterbein students donate over 70,000 hours to community service.  The Center for Community Engagement sponsors weekly service programs, community plunges, and several service projects that benefit campus and local communities. Check out the CCE programs and get involved today!

  • America Reads

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals

  • The Beat (Bringing Education & Advocacy Together) For Music

  • BroTime

  • Campus Girl Scouts

  • Club Whittier

  • Girls' Clubs

  • Grandma’s House

  • Habitat For Humanity

  • Otterbein Animal Coalition (OAC)

  • Plan-It Earth

  • Raise Your Voice


  • Sports Pals

  • Ubuntu

One-Time Service Events

Community Plunges

Dive into service! Community Plunges are one-day events to engage participants in service and reflection as they help neighboring communities with short-term beautification projects, mailings, clean-ups, landscaping, and other organizational initiatives. Plunges enable students to learn about the community's needs and make a difference. The Center for Community Engagement coordinates three community plunges each year for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. If you are a community partner interested in hosting volunteers at your site for a plunge, then contact us.

Challenge Events

Alternative Service Breaks

Use your spring and winter breaks to help others! The Center for Community Engagement hosts Alternative Service Breaks to reach out in service to communities outside central Ohio, including regions struck by poverty or natural disasters. Past Alternative Service breaks have taken Otterbein students to New Orleans to assist in post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts, Nicaragua to help at Bradley's House of Hope, orphanages and hospitals, and to Appalachia to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Contact Judy Guion-Utsler in the Chaplain's Office if you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity or Stacey Rusterholz in the CCE for information about international service trips.

CardinalCorps Leaders

The CardinalCorps Leaders are a dedicated group of Otterbein students that demonstrate a desire to serve the community, excel in academic scholarship, and act as leaders of volunteerism on campus. Twenty students from all class years coordinate weekly service programs, from working with kids to working with homeless pets. CardinalCorps Leaders also lead their peers in one-time service events, including community plunges and the MLK Day of Service. Interested in being a CardinalCorps Leader? Apply for the scholarship today!

 Student Grants and Fellowships

We support all those who want to be leaders in service and want to make that dream possible for everyone. There are grants and fellowships available for those who want to lead service projects of their own. One of those grants available through the Center for Community Engagement is:

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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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