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

SERVICE-LEARNING COURSES . 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!

CURRENT COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

SIGN-UP is Time-limited!  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 or eMail: dhclinic@tnstate.edu. . 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.  Your first appointment must be scheduled by September 26, 2016 for the Fall semester.
Appointments are available as follows:
Monday       8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The American Red Cross - Nashville Chapter has numerous service opportunities.  The Communications Department has a number of opportunities to work in media and community relations, Disaster Public Affairs, social engagement, public speaking, video production and photograph. For more information about volunteering, please email Sherry Madewell-Rickets at Sherry.Madewellrickets@redcross.org or call 615-250-4293. 
The American Red Cross Blood Drive also has opportunities for volunteers.  For specific information on volunteering for Blood Drives, contact Renee.Jenkins@redcross.org or phone Renee at 615-312-8440.


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.
TRANSPORTATION and DINNER provided!
Tutors will be picked up on campus at 4:30 p.m. in front of the "airplane" and returned to residence halls by 7:45 p.m.
You are served dinner before tutoring sessions and may select the day or days to participate.  You will earn 3 service hours for each visit.  Contact Mary Cotten, Coordinator at 615-969-4946 or email:  educationalenrichmenttemple@gmail.com.

AVAILABLE ANYTIME!  Little Pantry That Could...and it's 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. In addition to grocery bags, other items are needed:  can openers, socks, and sweatshirts for both men and women.

Darrell Glimps gets help from Markiss Grantham as heLittle Pantry That Could - Stock the Pantry Days - Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  New Location:  The McGruder Family Resource Center, 2013 25th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208
Volunteers are needed each week to help stock the pantry.  Help put food on the shelves, bring in food from donors, and help get organized for the 200 families who will come on Saturday to get food.  Call or Text 615-260-5769.
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.  For additional information visit their website:  http://www.thelittlepantrythatcould.org/home

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.  Students ages 6 to 14 are typically at the center between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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.  The Hadley Park Community Center is within walking distance of TSU at 1037 28th Avenue North!  Contact kwycheet@tnstate.edu.

Located at 402 22nd Avenue North, The Next Door provides services for women and their families impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration with Christ-centered compassionate care.  Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities including helping to serve lunch or dinner, donating copy paper, and providing paper dinner napkins.  Or check with the volunteer coordinator for the most current needs.  Email Yvonne Chumchal (yvonne.chumchal@thenextdoor.org) or call 615-251-8805 ext. 219.  Click on The Next Door logo for additional information.

Renewal House is a residential and outpatient recovery program for addicted women and their children.  Volunteers are needed for:*assisting with childcare on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
*cleaning campus grounds
*cleaning, painting, and prepping an apartment for an incoming family
*wrapping presents during the holiday season. 
Click here for the Volunteer Application Form.  Complete the form and email to coleary@renewalhouse.org.  Allow one week for review and response.

The Siloam Health Center provides health care for those who have nowhere else to go.
Patient support volunteers are needed at the Siloam Family Health Center for prayer care, interpreters of both Spanish and Arabic, administrative help, and patient resource assistants (morning and afternoon shifts).  Please click on "How to Become A Volunteer."  Questions may be directed to Wes Harrell, Volunteer Manager - wes.harrell@siloamhealth.org

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Here'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 .....