Civic Engagement


As a part of the Allegheny Gateway, Civic Engagement provides structure and support to student and faculty engagement. Civic engagement initiatives match issues of communities beyond campus to the resources of the student, faculty and administrators of the college. Allegheny students serve at over 30 local agencies and annually complete over 60,000 hours of community service. Each year there are 15 to 20 academic courses and research projects involving community engagement. Allegheny students and faculty, working in collaboration with community partners, impact efforts in the following areas; environment, health, homelessness, hunger, wounded/abandoned animals, senior citizens and women’s issues, education and underserved youth.

Civic Engagement staff organize special service events such as Make A Difference Day, Service Saturdays, Martin Luther King Day of Service, Senior Citizen Recognition Day, and Alternative Spring Break Service trips.

Through the Bonner Program, the Davies Community Service Leader program, and the Allegheny Volunteer Service Leader Program, over 80 trained student service leaders function as liaisons to community agencies to recruit, train, and orient Allegheny work-study students and volunteers for work at service sites. Some service programs, such as the Bonner Program, the America Reads Program, and the Computer Literacy Tutoring Program, offer financial assistance to students. Staff members and Allegheny Community Engagement Student Fellows (ACES Fellows) support faculty who wish to incorporate service-learning or community engagement into their courses, research and publications.