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Community Engagement

    Community Engagement

    As the first Catholic college in Florida, Saint Leo is committed to creating a community that values and advocates on behalf of the respect, dignity, integrity and personal development of all. Saint Leo is honored to have been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll multiple years since it was started in 2006. Day by day and student by student, Saint Leo University is changing the world for the better.

    The Office of Community Engagement transforms Saint Leo University's tradition of community service into a powerhouse of service learning resources, ideas, technology and educational opportunity. The office works collaboratively with the university's service organizations: AmeriCorps, Samaritans, RotarAct Club, international study abroad for credit, and Students Engaged in Rewarding Volunteer Experiences (SERVE).

     

    Service-Learning

    Education should be meaningful and hands-on. At Saint Leo, you'll find yourself doing more than writing papers and taking tests. You'll find opportunities for engagement—working with local agencies, planning your own community service project—in classes from religion to social work to mathematics. Year-round, our students coordinate Toys for Tots drives, send care packages to overseas troops, and raise money so families-in-need can have Thanksgiving turkeys.

    Alternative Spring Break (SERVE)

    Travel broadens the mind, and community service raises the spirits. Combine the two, and anything is possible. Past trips have taken students to post-earthquake Haiti, a Costa Rican orphanage and a horse rescue and sanctuary in upstate New York. Students pay only partial trip costs—the University and fundraising efforts cover the rest. You can also join service trips during the summer.

    Community Service Day

    One day each fall and spring semester, Saint Leo students, faculty and staff come together and donate time and energy to work with local nonprofit organizations. Demonstrating Saint Leo's core values in action, we work with a range of community agencies, including Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, food pantries, local schools, area animal shelters and nursing homes.

    Community Service Clubs

    The Samaritans unite students of all faiths to work together in creating a better world through social, spiritual and volunteer service opportunities. The RotarAct Club works with the local Rotary Club as a gateway to meaningful civic engagement. And these are just two of our many student groups engaging in random acts of kindness.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    STUDENTS

    The world needs more leaders. That's why Saint Leo has made a commitment to nurture each of our students' potential to learn, grow, succeed and give back. Explore Leadership Development for more information on how you can make a difference.

    Programs include:

    • Community Service Day
    • Green Dot Programs
    • Road Clean Ups
    • Community Events in Zephyrhills, Dade City, San Antonio, etc.

    COMMUNITY PARTNERS

    Looking for volunteers? Saint Leo students are the most generous and dedicated you'll ever meet. A spirit of giving is woven into every aspect of their campus experience—from hands-on service-learning in the classroom to peer mentoring at the Learning Resource Center. Whether your organization provides food to the homeless or tutoring for children of immigrants, contact the Mike Dipalma at michael.dipalma@saintleo.edu or stop by SAB 115 to learn more.

    Partners Include:

    • Caps of Love
    • Dawn Center
    • Green Dot
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Operation Gratitude
    • Pasco County Parks & Recreation
    • Pasco Middle School
    • Sunrise

    WHAT IS NOBLE HOUR

    The purpose of Noble Hour is to more accurately record our contribution to the community. We as a university are hoping to have information on where students serve, what areas they like to serve in, and what populations we are reaching. We are also hoping to document the amount of hours served to better promote the University community as a positive force for Saint Leo and the Tampa Bay area. Click here to get started with Nobel Hour.


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