Service Opportunities

Enter to learn… ....Go forth to serve.   

studentsThe TSU Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement is open to all students of Tennessee State University.  We focus on getting students involved in the local community through volunteering (community service), service-learning classes, and other unique opportunities.  And - check out the many benefits to you, as a student, for participating in community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement by clicking on Student Benefits

If you are interested in being a mentor, you may be interested in reviewing the Guide for Mentors.

We also collaborate with the TSU faculty to assist in developing service-learning classes and, with more than 200 Nashville nonprofit organizations, to develop volunteer and service-learning opportunities for our students!  Faculty are invited to access resources through the "Faculty Resources" tab.


Over 213 service-learning courses are taught each academic year, providing over 3,000 students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to everyday life. Our UNIV1000 Freshman Orientation: Service to Leadership, introduces freshmen to our local community by involving them in eight hours of service during the first semester.  Additionally, service-learning at TSU exists at all levels, in all disciplines, and makes a difference in the lives of our students as well as in our community!



TIGER Pantry - Campus activity - Benefits our own students facing temporary hardships. Donate food to the Tiger Pantry for students facing temporary hardships.  Donations are accepted Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Wellness Center. If you have questions, email

Dental Hygiene Initiative - Earn up to 4 hours of service  right here on the main campus!  Call Ms. Irene Holt 615-963-5791 to schedule an appointment. A one time fee of $5.00 covers all of your appointments and services.  Bring your TSU ID!  You must complete treatment to earn service credit.  Do not wait until after mid-term to sign up as you may need several appointments.
Appointments are available as follows:
Monday       9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday      1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday     9:35 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Students Improve through Tutoring - Tutors needed for all subjects - Grade Levels K-12
Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville    -    Mondays and Thursdays - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tutors will be picked up on campus at 4:30 p.m. and returned to dorms by 7:45 p.m.
You are served dinner before tutoring sessions and may select the day or days to participate.  You will earn 2.5 service hours for each visit. 
Contact Mary Cotten, Coordinator at 615-969-4946 or email:

Little Pantry That Could - available anytime!   And an on-campus activity.
Collect plastic grocery bags
for the Little Pantry That Could.  Grocery bags may be taken to the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement in Holland Hall 306.
Little Pantry is a small food pantry that provides produce and shelf stable items free of charge on a weekly basis to anyone in need.  They also provide coats, clothing, and shoes and work with other organizations to host housing clinics, employment, and healthcare clinics.  Other donations such as clothing, shoes, and coats would be acceptable but must be clean and in good repair.

Little Pantry That Could - Fridays and Saturdays only- 4710 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville 37209 - 615-260-5769Volunteers desperately needed on Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and noon when approximately 9,000 pounds of food are delivered.  Help is needed to unload and stock the shelves.  Although it would help to know you are coming, volunteers can just show up. 

The AAOC/MOH After School Tutoring Program - Tutors needed for disadvantaged youth
Monday-Friday - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mt. Bethel Christian Community Center, 1026 Cheatham Place, Nashville
For sign up and additional information please call 615-289-2716.

Hadley Park Community Center needs tutors especially for reading and math.  Elementary students are typically at the center between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  This can be a one day a week or more, but you should commit to return on a weekly basis for a couple of months.  Contact

Flint, Michigan Water Crisis
Post flyers around campus and surrounding neighborhoods about water crisis and/or set up bottled water drop off location in Ford Complex and Campus Center on Wednesdays, deliver water to Friendship Church.
Contact Carl Darnell -


energy auditsHere's what students have said about their service-learning experience .....

“More service-learning project components need to be implemented because it helps students face real world problems and gives them a sense of 'real time' job performance.”

“This course was amazing, and has truly helped me make the connection between the theory that I learned in class and the experience that I had in the community setting. This was one of the best classes that I have taken this semester. I will continue to explore more about nonprofit service in the community.”

“Projects that involve service-learning are an amazing way to think outside of a student's personal environment, think about how they can make a difference in someone's community, and actually give students the inspiration and initiative they need to  become a role model for the community.” logo

Gratitude of those served .....