Serving the Community

Being part of Southern means expanding your world and being part of the larger community. Southern is committed to community service -- it's one of our guiding principles.

Day of Service


Southern students, faculty, and staff are deeply committed to serving the New Haven community with a range of service opportunities. Whether it's through class projects or fieldwork, club activities, or individual initiative, members of the Southern community contribute to Greater New Haven in myriad ways.

The Service Commission

The SCSU Service Commission is made up of students dedicated to serving the local community. The Commission focuses on education and awareness on campus through presenting to classes and organizations, holding programs/awareness events, and keeping the conversation about service alive on campus. The Service Commission also provides on- and off-campus service opportunities and experiences for Southern students and staff.

Volunteering in the Community

The Service Commission provides students the opportunity to volunteer in the New Haven community. Members volunteer at local schools, nursing homes, animal shelters, and food pantries.  Saturdays of Service is a program that allows students to volunteer at different locations in New Haven on a Saturday or Sunday each month.

On-Campus Service Projects

Service Commission performs on-campus service activities for all students to participate in. Service activities include making blankets and dog toys, decorating greeting cards, and creating snack bags for local schoolchildren. 

Campus-Wide Events

Service Commission assists in the planning and development of Southern's campus-wide service events: - Day of Service, Adopt-A-Family Food Drive, Friends of Rudolph, and the Big Event.

Owls in the Community

Community engagement is an important component of the experience as a Division II student-athlete. Southern's Owls are active in the local community with various service ventures.