Community Engagement

Want to make an impact? Engage in your community? Play an active role in your education? Build connections that may lead to future work? There are many ways to get involved!
  • Co-curricular option: 
         • Connect your education in Philosophy with lived experience and learning at a local non-profit organization. This work will be recognized with a certificate at its completion.
  • Community outreach: 
         • Choose a volunteer and related reflection opportunity catered to your schedule. This work will be recognized with a certificate at its completion.
         • Opportunities available nationally, and perhaps internationally, during summer months.
  • Food, environment and socialjustice: 
         • The Good Food Box program at UofS is a monthly initiative that provides affordable produce with a local component. Enjoy good food on campus, support a healthy lifestyle and your local food economy, and get involved as a volunteer.
         • Environmental work in conjunction with the Lucien Matte Residence Environmental Committee, such as Earth Appreciation Day, growing food, etc.
         • Engagement activities focused on social justice in conjunction with the St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish (located at UofS).
  • Events at UofS: 
         • Cultural-awareness workshops, Fall BBQs, Philanthropy Day (November), and more

Community Engagement at UofS is an initiative of the Spiritual Services office, located just off the Ludger & Amanda Michel Commons (student lounge).

The office is a safe, positive and respectful one, where all are welcome. We encourage thoughtful and reflective engagement to promote well-rounded learning. We also recognize that students arrive at UofS with a wealth of experiences and skills to offer.

Looking for more information? Stop by the Spiritual Services office at the University of Sudbury or e-mail

Ideas about how you would like to be involved? Get in touch! The Spiritual Services /Community Engagement office will be featured in some activities during Welcome Week at UofS! Look for us!

Education is seen as a gateway to a thoughtful life. The University of Sudbury is committed to providing opportunities that will help you grow as students and increase your sense of citizenship and engagement in your community and in the world.

To meet the requirements, you must choose four out of ten engagement opportunities, and participate in one group reflection time each semester over a meal.

Explore a variety of opportunities: environmental initiatives, engaging with First Nations communities, traditional service work, etc. These opportunities allow you to grow as a student, increase your sense of citizenship, and become aware of the incredible work going on in Sudbury!

The certificate will be presented upon completion of involvement at the end of the academic year.

Maison McCulloch Hospice – Outdoor maintenance work    Thursday,
September 21
  12:30 p.m. -
4:30 p.m. 
Reseau Access Network - Bundle Up in Red awareness campaign    Wednesday,
October 4
  9 a.m. -
1 p.m. 
Lake Laurentian Conservation Area – Trail work and family event   Saturday,
October 21 
  12 p.m. -
4 p.m. 
St. Joseph’s Villa – Decorating for Christmas   Tuesday,
November 14
  1 p.m. -
5 p.m. 
Out of the Cold – Meal preparation, serving, and clean-up   Fridays,
December 1 & 8
(Choose one)
  4 p.m. -
8 p.m.
End of term potluck (required)   Sunday,
December 10
  6:30 p.m.
Food Bank – Good Food Box prep   Tuesday,
January 16
  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cecil Facer Youth Centre – Learning about correctional services   Thursday,
January 25
N’Swakamok Friendship Centre – Cultural awareness with Will Morin   Monday,
February 5
  4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
L’Arche Sudbury – Community Kitchen   Monday,
March 5
  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Year-end Reflection Gathering (required)   Friday,
March 16


For more information or to register: / 705-673-5661, ext. 310.

“This has given me more experience interacting with different populations in the community, and has taught me more than I could ever learn solely in a classroom.” – Anneliese Surmann, student

"It was challenging to step out of my comfort zone but it was worth it." - Oshain Moncrieffe, student

"This Certificate offered a range of volunteer opportunities outside my field of study. I enjoyed this because each opportunity taught me a different lesson, presented different challenges, and helped different people." - Simona Gabrielle, student

Good food box
Are you interested in a selection of fruit and vegetables with a local component each month? The Spiritual Services Office at the University of Sudbury is a host site for the Good Food Box initiative!

The goal of the Good Food Box initiative is to build a community where everyone has access to affordable fresh vegetables and fruit:   

What’s in the box?
You receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, depending on what’s in season and what is affordable at that time. There is a minimum of two local items in each box.

What are my options?

  • LARGE BOX (ideal for a family or to split with someone) – $17
  • SMALL BOX (ideal for an individual) – $8
  • WELLNESS BOX (small box, with pre-cut items) – $10

How it works:
Place your order by 4 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Payment is in cash at the Spiritual Services Office or via PayPal on the Good Food Box website.

Pick up is on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Spiritual Services Office.

Please bring your own bags to take your food home.

For more information or to volunteer:
Room 171 (in the Ludger & Amanda Michel University Commons, 1st floor at UofS) 
705-673-5661, ext. 310

“My experience as a volunteer with the Good Food Box program has been great! I love the program and am grateful to have been a part of bringing it to the UofS community.” – C. Boulay, Lucien Matte Residence student
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