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. Check out our kick-off events in September and January, and keep an eye out for opportunities throughout each semester. For more information and to register, please visit where you’ll find up-to-date details on this year’s events, including a list of community placements and virtual volunteering opportunities.

Catalyst Experiences (formerly Project Serve Reading Week and Spring/Summer)

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 the UofG! 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 at our location in Raithby House. Please visit the Student Volunteer Connections page for more information.

UNIV*3000 – Civic Engagement and Service Learning

UNIV*3000 - Civic Engagement and Service Learning is an academic elective offered in the winter semester that provides a unique opportunity for you to develop civic leadership skills and to connect your academic experience to community engagement. This course is designed to build on and develop your skills, knowledge and attitudes as active citizens in your community. In addition to in-class course work, students volunteer approximately 30 hours on group projects with community organizations. Visit the UNIV*3000 page for information on course requirements and registration process. For more information, contact Janet Doner at

Experience Profiles