Gain experience. Get involved.
We are here to connect Panthers with meaningful community involvement and to help develop sustainable solutions to Atlanta’s social concerns. To accomplish this, we offer fun, diverse programs and services geared towards service-learning, leadership development and active citizenship. Come visit our office space in 428/429 University Center to learn more.

Ready to make a difference?
Join one of our service-based student organizations to enhance your academic experience, gain marketable skills for your career, and meet like-minded peers, all while working towards the greater good of Atlanta communities.

You can also search for the perfect community service opportunity for you or your student group under the Service Opportunities tab on OrgSync. Do not forget to log your volunteer hours for a chance to earn rewards.

Questions? Stop by our office or call 404-413-1550. We look forward to serving you!

Civic Engagement“Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
- Marian Wright Edelman



Panther Breakaway Winter Trips

Panther Breakaway International

The Office of Civic Engagement sponsored Panther Breakaway trips this winter where students visited different cities to engage in community service from December 17 – December 21, 2014. A group of students went to Memphis, TN to study Race Relations and Civil Rights. The students focused on the history of the movement while visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Students also discussed the recent headlines in the news involving African American rights and participated in volunteer projects involving Latino rights.

A second group of students went to Knoxville, TN to study Women’s Issues. The students visited the Family Justice Center where they learned about victim response to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Students received training from the Special Victims Unit of the Knoxville Police Department and attended hearings in Fourth Circuit Court during the domestic violence docket. After learning more about the hurdles victims face, students spent time volunteering in a domestic violence shelter.

Are you interested in helping the community? The Office of Civic Engagement will be sending out more Panther Breakaway trips from March 15 – March 21, 2015. Trips are $300 and are all inclusive. For more information or to apply, contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552.

President’s Awards for Community Service

Hunger & Homelessness Week

The Office of Civic Engagement is proud to recognize individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions to the Atlanta community through a commitment to service. Recipients of the Carol V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Action will be honored at the Service Recognition Awards ceremony on May 4, 2015. Award categories include recognition for students, student organizations, faculty, staff and community partners.

Nominations are due on February 6, 2015 and nomination packets can be picked up from the Office of Civic Engagement.

In addition to the nominated award categories, all students who completed 100 hours or more of community service during the 2014 calendar year are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States along with a letter from the President of Points of Light and the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Students must log their hours in OrgSync by February 6, 2015 in order to be eligible for this award.

For more information, contact Jennifer Bodnar, 404-413-1552.