Volunteer and Service Learning Center
In our office we provide opportunities for students to engage themselves in their community by volunteering. Students, faculty and staff can volunteer at events held by the VSLC or other organizations on-campus. The VSLC can also match individuals with opportunities based on their interests. Faculty receive support for service-learning partnerships and projects. The VSLC office will help track and verify all service hours for students, faculty and staff while providing Service Transcripts.
VSLC OrgCentral is the home base to log service hours, find upcoming volunteer events, apply for service awards and learn more about services offered through the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.
The Big Event
Big Event is a student led service opportunity held every spring by the Big Event student organization. The mission of Big Event is simply, One Big Day, One Big Thanks and One Big Event. UCO students head out into the community to say thank you to residents through service. Students can clean up trash, do yard work, paint, work in a garden and various other light labor activities inside or outside. Big Event averages between 600-800 students and 100 service sites each spring, usually in April.
The Little Event
Little Event is a campus wide service project put on by the Big Event team during the Fall semester. Little Event's goal is to help fill the needs of Metro area community agencies. Little Event is on of the first service events promoted to Freshman UCO students as they enter into the University. We had over 700+ students sign up last fall semester to provide assistance to agencies around the OKC metro area. Little Event is structured similarly to the Big Event.
The UCO Alternative Breaks Program strives to provide students with a Transformative experience. Instead of relaxing or taking a vacation, Alternative Breaks are a week of volunteering. In line with UCO's Call to Action, delivering education based on our shared values of Community, Character and Civility we strive to create a society of active citizens. Alternative Breaks provides local and traveling experiences.
9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service
The 9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service is a very special volunteer event intended to show UCO's appreciation and remembrance of the men and women who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks of 2001. This day includes a flag planting ceremony around Broncho Lake on 9/11/18, and an evening of appreciation for the public servants of our community on 9/11/18
Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service
The MLK Day of Service is an annual, nationally recognized day of service. At UCO, MLK Day of Service is the kick-off of King Week, a week of events to commemorate Dr. King and discuss the issues he lived and died for. This year's MLK Day of Service is January 20th.
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Join UCO as we remember those we lost in the April 19, 1995 Murrah Federal Building Bombing by volunteering at the OKC Memorial Marathon in various capacities. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer with events before and during the marathon. The event will take place on April 26, 2020
The Volunteer & Service Learning Center is partnering with Health Promotion during Welcome Home Week to introduce Broncho Barkers and Stress Paws to UCO. There will also be an activity where students can make dog toys from old shirts. THey can either keep the toys or donate them to local animal shelters Pet Angels Rescue and Free to Live. To know more about the event visit the Broncho Rally OrgCentral Page
Volunteer and Part-Time Job Fair
The Volunteer & Service-Learning Center and the Career Development Center are hosting their annual Volunteer & Part-Time Job Fair. Students will have the opportunity to engage with local nonprofits and employers looking for part-time employees.
The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement is an elective classification, meaning that it is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions. It is an institutional classification; it is not for systems of multiple campuses or for part of an individual campus.
The classification is not an award. It is an evidence-based documentation of institutional practice to be used in a process of self-assessment and quality improvement. In this way, it is similar to an accreditation process of self-study. The documentation is reviewed by a National Review Panel to determine whether the institution qualifies for recognition as a community engaged institution.