Community Service & Outreach

In remembrance of the events that occurred on September 11th and in partnership with the 9/11 National Day of Service we will be launching our new ACTION GROUPS on Friday, September 11th at 3:00pm. We will be focusing on advocacy and awareness work as a form of community service with the help of various organizations throughout the community. 

How it will work:

  • Students will have the opportunity to register for action groups that are focused on different social challenges (ex: homelessness, environmentalism, etc.) in the community.
  • Students may register for as many action groups as they want!
  • At the beginning of each month, they will receive an email with monthly action items they can do to help with the social challenges they signed up for.
  • Action items will be provided by local organizations working with each specific social issue and will be remote, virtual, or independent service opportunities.
  • Registration for each action group will be open throughout the entire 2020-2021 academic year.

Register for an Action Group HERE!

Fall 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

This document includes volunteer opportunities and organization contacts for the Fall 2020 semester. Virtual/non-contact opportunities are listed in red. Click here to access the Google doc. 


Find Available Volunteer Needs and Opportunities

We partner with our local United Way of Northwest Alabama chapter to help connect you with available volunteer needs and opportunities in the community. The link below will redirect you to United Way's volunteer portal. Once you are there, you will need to submit your contact information. The United Way staff will follow up with you about available opportunities. 

Click here for United Way's Volunteer Portal


Find Specific Opportunities Based on Your Interests

If you are looking to get more involved with a specific organization or find organizations that work with a specific social topic, you may schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss some options and opportunities. 

Use this link to schedule your meeting

Lions Lend a Hand logo

Lions Lend a Hand is a community service showcase where the campus community can receive information about getting involved with local organizations. This year's event took place virtually and the recording can be accessd here. 

Each organization that participated can be seen in the recording at the times below:
1:35 - Shoals Dream Center
7:18 - YMCA of the Shoals
11:05 - Red Cross of the Shoals
16:50 - Big Brother Big Sisters
21:32 - Meals on Wheels
27:37 - Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion
29:59 - Room in the Inn/Room at the Table
37:33 - Rotaract Club of UNA
44:13 - Safeplace, Inc.
50:32 - Shoals CASA
1:00:09 - Sheffield City Schools AIM High Mentoring
1:05:58 - United Way of Northwest Alabama

The seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 18, 2021 in the Guillot University Center on UNA's campus. This event is subject to modification pending COVID-19. 

Students and members of the community will have the opportunity to help out their local food pantries by packaging food in an interactive and exciting environment. The first 300 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for participating. It will be, "A Day On, Not A Day Off" and a great way to honor and remember Dr. King.

Schedule of Events
10:00am - 10:30am: Registration & Check-in at the GUC Atrium (downstairs)
10:30am - 11:00am: Kickoff address & guest speaker
11:00am - 12:00pm: Packaging over 30,000 meals @ GUC Banquet Halls

Registration is not currently open for this event. 

See photos from the 2020 MLK Day of Service here. 

If you are part of a Recognized Student Organization at UNA and are looking for community service opportunities, you can find information and ideas listed on the document below. 

RSO Community Service Opportunities

UServe logo purple and gold

UServe is a civic engagement program coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement and the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion. It is an interactive program that incorporates education, training, hands-on service, and reflection to connect students with the social challenges of today. Each month is focused on a different issue. 

To find out more about UServe programs and to sign up, click here

Voter engagement is about learning how to participate in upcoming elections through voter registration and turnout, but it also involves opportunities for students to become educated about key issues and races, as well as why civic participation through voting is so important.

Visit our UNA Votes page for voter education and registration events as well as answers to frequently asked questions!

Join us for the Women of Action speaker series sponsored by Community Service and Outreach, Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion, and the Women's Center! Inspirational women from the local community will be joining us to share their story about their careers, community impact, and life journey. These events will take place virtually at 5:30pm and will require a registration. To register for each month, visit the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion's event page here. 

Women of Action

The Badge of Diversity and Inclusion is a recognition earned through involvement in experiential learning by students who show intentionality in pursuing immersive experiences. Students wishing to pursue the badge must meet with their academic advisor to declare their intent to pursue the honor and establish a plan of action to be fulfilled prior to graduation. Community Service and Outreach programs such as Alternative Breaks and UServe are included in existing badge criteria. 

See the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion's information about these badge opportunities. 

During a community service/vounteerism presentation, students will evaluate where they fall on the Active Citizen Continuum and learn about practical ways that they can make bettering the community a priority. Presentations are available virtually and in person. These presentations could also take the place of a 1 hour credit for community service.  Contact Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu to schedule a time. 

The Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion, Shoals Nonprofit Center, and the Shoals Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to create a list of individuals that can serve as a resource to classrooms, organizations, and businesses throughout the Shoals. If you would like to share your expertise and be added to this list, please fill out the form here

If you would like access to the guest speaker/consultant resource list, please email Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu to obtain a copy. 

Please see the attached document for Fall 2020 Community Service and Outreach ideas and opportunities. This document also contains some diversity and inclusion options. It is a live document that is updated regularly as events and opportunities come available. Should you have any questions or if you would like to discuss modifications to best fit your classrooms/groups, please contact Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu

Fall 2020 Community Service (on-campus opportunities)
Fall 2020 Community Service (off-campus opportunities, virtual options included)

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Here are upcoming UNA events that your organization may register for:

  • Lions Lend a Hand
    Tuesday, August 18, 11:00am
    This event is a showcase of organizations to provide students with information about how they can get involved. Due to COVID-19, this event will be hosted virtually this year. To participate, please register here by Friday, August 14th

We utilize United Way of Northwest Alabama's volunteer portal to help connect students with opportunities to serve in the community. If you have a need for volunteers, we encourage you to reach out to United Way's COO, Kerry Del Pizzo, at kerry@uwshoals.org with details about your need or event. When students are looking for volunteer opportunities, the United Way portal is the first place we refer them to. 

If you are looking for more specific volunteers, such as interns or students with a particular major, please contact Bethany Green at bloliver@una.edu

Add your information to United Way's 2-1-1 community services database by contacting Bryana Finley at 211dev@uwshoals.org