For Students


By completing acts of service, students have opportunities from which to grow intellectually, to deepen religious faith, and to have a greater awareness of God’s abiding presence in their lives. In turn, completing acts of service contributes in an important way to understanding the importance of advocating for those in need.

Following is some information you will need to get started:

  • Check out our List of Community Agencies with whom we partner. 
  • Club and Organizations Community Service – How much you get out of Scranton will depend on how much you get into – and there’s no shortage of ways to spend your time! In fact, 24 hours won’t seem like enough. Clubs and Orgs do have a service requirement to maintain funding.  Please check on Royal Sync to find out details or email
  • Resources for RA Service Programs - please email Pat Vaccaro to request more information!
  • Volunteer Clearances– Many service sites will require volunteers to get clearances before starting their service. For the most up to date information in PA regarding clearances for volunteers, please refer to PA Clearances for Volunteers
  • FIRST Program- a week long program for incoming first year students, staying at our Chapman Lake Retreat Center and performing service in the Scranton community the week prior to Fall Move in.  
  • On going Programs such as the Volunteer & Service fair (September), Pet Therapy (September & April), Safe Trick or Treat (October), Thanksgiving feed a family program (November), Adopt a Family and Giving tree Christmas projects (December), SMART program (Feb-April), Easter basket collection (Mar-Apr), Spring Break Service Trips (March), End of the Year Drive (May), International Service Programs (June), SPARK program (July), FIRST program (August).
  • Community-Based Learning – The faculty, students and staff of the Panuska College of Professional Studies at The University of Scranton strive for two educational settings (community and traditional classroom). Community based learning courses offer students the opportunity in the “helping professions” to embrace and promote all that is fully human. Through class discussion, assignments and reflection statements,  students examine their own journey to become “men and women with and for others.”  Visit their webpage for more on projects and sites, in addition to any forms you'll need.
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