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Why get involved with CCE?

Why get involved?

Here are a few potential benefits of civic engagement and community service:

  • Enhance your sense of self, sense of place, and a sense of purpose to effect positive change
  • Impact change in your areas of passion and interest
  • Feel a sense accomplishment 
  • Deepen your understanding of complex social, environmental, and political issues 
  • Develop friendships and a stronger sense of community and belonging
  • Build relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Explore your values
  • Increase your self-awareness (emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually)
  • Bring course content alive with an opportunity to connect what you learn in the classroom (theory) with the rest of the world (practice)
  • Find an outlet for your creativity
  • Augment your leadership and practical skill set
  • Foster your community and professional networks and contacts
  • Gain career readiness skills (Those who volunteer are up to 27% more likely to get hired!)
  • Survey various career paths and options to aid with career decision-making
  • Prepare for post-graduate work
  • Feel happier, people who volunteer are happier on average! (See 10 Things Happy People Do Differently)
  • Improve your psychosocial wellbeing (See The Joy of Learning: The Impact of Civic Engagement on Psychosocial Well-Being)
  • Your community needs YOU!

Contact Info

Center for Civic Engagement
158 Snell Hall (MU East) Corvallis, OR 97331-1610 beaver.volunteer@oregonstate.edu
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