Community Engagement Opportunities

Project Serve

Project Serve helps connect you to the community through short-term volunteering opportunities, including half-day volunteer events. Project Serve allows you to volunteer with a community organization and challenges you to connect your experience in a tangible way to what you are learning as scholars and as citizens. To find out about the upcoming Project Serve events and other volunteer opportunities sign up for our weekly newsletter, or email  

Catalyst Experiences 

Catalyst Experiences offer community-engaged learning experiences that explore various themes related to social and environmental justice during the February Reading Week and throughout the spring and summer semesters. Programs are organized in partnership with communities across Ontario, Canada and the United States, and are amazing opportunities to learn more about pressing domestic and international themes and community initiatives that have global implications.

As a participant, you (and other amazing Gryphons) will have the opportunity to volunteer, learn about a social justice theme, and connect closely with communities in Guelph and beyond. Education and reflection components are also included to help you learn about critical social issues. Catalyst Experiences are an unforgettable part of your time at U of G! Visit the Catalyst Experiences page for up-to-date information on this year’s programming. 

Interested in leadership opportunities? Staff, faculty and graduate students can apply to be Team Leaders, and undergraduate and graduate students with relevant experience can apply to be Student Leaders. Follow the link above for more information!

Student Volunteer Connections

Student Volunteer Connections (SVC) is your on-campus volunteer hub. We can help connect you with volunteer opportunities in the community and beyond that fit your interests, academic and career aspirations, and availability. Our services are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, online and in person. Please visit the Student Volunteer Connections page for more information.

Experience Profiles

  • Phoebe started off her university journey by signing up for an experiential first year seminar. She went on to do an Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA), multiple project serve reading week programs and was a peer helper with the Wellness Education Centre.