Community Engagement

Why community engagement?
Certain facets of life are meant to be explored beyond the classroom. Community engagement offers students the opportunity to broaden their world through experiential learning. Learning through experience and reflecting on that very experience allows for personal and spiritual development. The initiatives and services led by Spiritual Services are designed precisely with this in mind—to explore and engage in your surroundings, and simply, to learn about what lies beyond your personal comfort zone.

Information on our initiatives can be obtained in the Spiritual Services Offices, which also serves as a hub for students to connect with campus community, student life, as well as to broaden their prospects into the Greater Sudbury area. Drop in for a chat… all are welcome!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
It is well known that volunteering is a rich experience of learning about oneself, others and the various social organizations which offer valuable services to the greater community. Many students have found this has greatly augmented their education and led to personal growth.

You can contact our Engaged Learning Coordinator at the Spiritual Services Office to learn about short and long-term volunteer opportunities.

Community Engagement Certificate
“…the program is excellent. The scope is very large insofar as it encompasses a wide variety of different activities, initiatives, and learning opportunities.” - George Thériault, student

“The program made me laugh, it made me sad, it made me change my perspective, and by showing me so many wonderful places, it made me feel at home in Sudbury. I built so many memories of moments that really touched my heart.” - Christine Koehler, student

You can earn a Community Engagement certificate when you participate in our program, simply by committing to a minimum of 5 half-days throughout the academic year! And you get to choose which organizations you would like to work with.

Some of the community partners we have the pleasure to work with include:
  • L’Arche
  • Réseau Access Network
  • Maison McCulloch Hospice
  • St. Joseph’s Villa
  • Cecil Facer Corrections Facility
  • N’Swakamok Native Friendship Centre
  • Greater Sudbury Food Bank
  • Lake Laurentian Conservation Area
  • Out of the Cold

In addition, we are looking forward to working with the following organizations in 2018-2019:
  • Monarch Recovery Services
  • Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY)
  • Wild at Heart
  • Better Beginnings, Better Futures
  • Extendicare York
  • The Human League

For more information or to register, please e-mail Spiritual_Services_Spirituels@usudbury.ca 

“This program has given me more experience in the community interacting with different populations, and 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