Club and Organizations Community Service
The goal of The Center for Service & Social Justice is to make doing service as a club or organization as meaningful and easy to organize as possible. To view current opportunities that your group may use to fulfill your service requirement, please refer to our list of Current Opportunities or look through our list of agencies. If your group requires more assistance finding an opportunity, please contact Patricia Vaccaro, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more ideas.
Introduction to Community Service
The University of Scranton regards highly community service as it helps to further the University’s Jesuit Mission. In this respect, Student Government requires that clubs perform acts of community service in order to maintain their charter. Please review the following rules when considering community service activities:
1. Each club or organization’s service event must be approved by the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice prior to performing community service; prior approval means the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice or her proxy has signed the Club Service Project Approval Form prior to event.
2. For a service event to be considered valid, 25% of the club or organization must be present at the event for its entirety. Every member must sign his or her name on the Club and Organization Community Service Log. This form must also be signed by the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice or her proxy and then submitted the Office of Clubs and Organizations within 2 weeks of the community service event.
3. Each club or organization must have three completed events approved by the date outlined in the Student Government timeline. Failure to remit funding paperwork will impair a club or organization’s funding. Allocated funding will be reduced by 33% for each absent community service activity. Community service performed but not authorized by the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice will not count as a community service event. The following formula will be applied: number of completed events/3 x Allocated total = New Total
4. As a final note, no more than one community service event may be a monetary donation. This donation, like all community service events must be pre-approved by the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice.
Club and Organization Community Service Log
Fill out the form(s) according to the prompts given. The Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice will provide the last signature on the form(s), thereby securing its validity. Their office is located in The DeNaples Center, room 205B in the Student Forum.
Please make a copy of this form after it is filled out in its entirety and remit it to the Club Coordinator.
Find all club forms at http://matrix.scranton.edu/student-clubs/student-government/clubs/index.shtml
- 25% of your club roster must participate in a community service activity for the community service to count towards your total.
- All community service activities must be pre-approved by the Director of The Center for Service & Social Justice two weeks before event.
- All clubs are required to complete 3 community service activities, only one of these activities may be a donation.
- A community service will only count towards your total if the club coordinator receives the signed community service log within two weeks of the events.
-Failure to submit three community service logs by the last Friday in April each academic year will result in a 33% deduction in a club’s allocated funding for the following academic year.
-Non-funded clubs are responsible for one community service activity each year and must follow the submission due dates as described above.
-Monetary donations will be accepted at a rate of $2.00 per person, with a $25.00 minimum. (For example, if you have 25 members of your club, your minimum donation amount will be $50, if you have 5 members of your club, your minimum donation amount will be $25.00).
-Canned food drives, canned food will be accepted at a rate of 5 cans per person with a 25 can minimum. (For example, if you have 25 members of your club, you must donate 125 cans in total, if you have 3 members you must donate 25 cans).
-Clothing/item drives, donated clothing will be accepted at a rate of 5 items per person with a minimum value of $25.00. (See example above; however, special consideration may be given to the value of donated clothing)
-Local “walks” will be considered a monetary donation unless your club also volunteers for the event.
-Participating in an Open House or club fair does not constitute community service
-All Community Service must be pre-approved.
-Non-Monetary Donations should be dropped off in the Center for Service & Social Justice office to ensure proper credit. They will distribute them to the proper agency.