Community Service

Becoming involved with community service activities while in college puts you in the company of engaged, proactive, and passionate peers and staff members. Through partnership with various community organizations, you will have the ability to synthesize your academic coursework with real world experiences and give back to the community in which you live.

If you desire to get outside the classroom – to connect with the community, be involved with social justice issues or advocate for a cause that you are passionate about, you have come to the right place!

Volunteer UMass

Volunteer UMass is a clearinghouse for community service and civic engagement programs, initiatives and opportunities currently available on the UMass Amherst campus and in the surrounding Pioneer Valley communities. This initiative is designed to enhance students' learning and experience by providing them access to out-of-class service and civic engagement opportunities, which nurture their development as active and engaged citizens.

Volunteer UMass promotes a campus culture of volunteerism and civic engagement, reinforcing our institutional commitment to community engagement and service. This initiative aims to foster collaborative partnerships between our campus and community partners by connecting students, faculty and staff to service and civic engagement opportunities in the Pioneer Valley. 

Volunteer Signature Programs and Initiatives

Volunteer UMass Database

The Volunteer UMass Database is an online tool used to connect students, faculty, and staff to various community service opportunities with community organizations in the Pioneer Valley. Community Organizations can register and create organization profiles, list all available service opportunities, and monitor registration statistics. Students, faculty, and staff can register and use the search feature on the database to find service opportunities that meet their interests. Register today! 

Annual Community Service Fair

The Annual Community Service Fair helps connect students, faculty, and staff with local community organizations in need of volunteers for programs across the Pioneer Valley. This event provides members of our campus community with a chance to explore volunteer opportunities and build relationships with community partners.Please contact Dr. Jody T. Goodman at, if your organization would like to participate in the 2nd Annual Community Service Fair. 

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Mass Impact Day of ServiceAnnual Mass Impact Day of Service

The Annual Mass Impact Day of Service brings students, staff, faculty, and alumni together to serve and give back to our surrounding communities by working alongside community partners to complete service projects ranging from clean-up, gardening, painting, and companionship for the elderly. Last year, our day of service attracted 400 volunteers and 39 community organizations.

Students, Faculty, and Staff interested in participating as volunteers, must sign in to Campus Pulse, then select a Mass Impact Volunteer Opportunity on the Volunteer UMass Events page.

Please Note* If registering your student organization or as part of a group/team, please indicate this on the registration form. Write the team/group or organization name in the field provided – each member of your team/organization participating in Mass Impact must also register.

Community Organizations interested in hosting a project site must complete the online registration form; please visit: if you experience any issues with the registration link above.

Volunteer UMass Alternative Break

The Volunteer UMass Alternative Break program engage students in immersive service-learning experiences, which aims to raise their critical awareness of social issues. This program sponsors weeklong student excursions to communities across the nation, where students forge collaborative partnerships with local community agencies and explore issues plaguing the community such as: poverty, homelessness, hunger, housing, and healthcare.

The Alternative Break program fosters a reciprocal relationship that enables students to learn from their experience while simultaneously providing assistance specific to the needs defined by the community. This program grants students an opportunity to become informed and engaged in a community, while participating in an experience that challenges them to continue their engagement when returning to their own communities. 

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Volunteer UMass Partnerships

Student Bridges

Student Bridges is an outreach program connecting UMass students with community-based organizations and schools through tutoring-mentoring, college awareness activities, and policy advocacy.

Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning

Interested in getting involved with community service learning for academic credit? Contact the Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning or visit them on Facebook.

Need more information about Volunteer UMass?  Please contact us at Thank you – we look forward to working with you!

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