What is the Office for Civic Engagement?
The office for Civic Engagement serves as a focal point on campus for students to expand academic, professional, and personal development through volunteerism and service learning activities. OCE strives to promote active citizenship and leadership development by incorporating volunteerism into the university ethos. By mobilizing students to act upon social and civic needs, the OCE bridges the gap between the university and the greater Missoula community. In order to achieve these goals, we implement a variety of programs.
How do I volunteer?
The OCE maintains listings from over 160 agencies in the community. In order to access these listings, you can use this site or come to our office in Social Science room 126 for more information. If you are an agency looking for volunteers, use this site, and we will direct students to your information.
What programs does the OCE run?
We run several service programs out of our office, which cover a range of programming. These programs include:
- America Reads and America Counts tutoring programs
- The Flagship Mentoring and Tutoring Program
- Habitat for Humanity
- Alternative Break Programs
- Trick or Eat
- Head Start
- And much more!
We also run several other programs to connect academic work to service, these include:
- Service learning
- American Humanics
- VISTA ALIVE
What is service learning?
Service Learning incorporates hands-on community service with classroom instruction. Service learning allows the student volunteers the ability to see classroom theories in action in the community while at the same time helping meet identified community needs and gaining an appreciation for the importance of civic involvement. These positions serve to educate the student in exchange for volunteering. These learning opportunities can vary in time and responsibilities, and involve a variety of departments and faculty.