The Center for Service in Action at Cal Poly connects students with meaningful community service opportunities that complement their educational experience, strengthen their understanding of diversity and social responsibility, and develop skills to become ethical and knowledgeable leaders who contribute to a global society. The Center for Service in Action cultivates reciprocal service and learning partnerships between the university and community partners. The Center for Service in Action also serves community-based organizations and governmental institutions seeking University support to address unmet community needs.

Student Community Services Link

AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project Link

Alternative Breaks Link

 A Social Justice Conference Link

Make a Difference Month Link

Service Learning Link

About Us Link

Stay Connected Link

Community Service Awards Link

Out of an abundance of caution and care, the Center for Service in Action (CSA) has adopted virtual operations for the foreseeable future and likely for the duration of the spring quarter 2020.  All CSA staff are telecommuting, and we are checking our voicemails and the general email below. 

Please check back frequently, as we will be posting service activities in which students can engage according to the unique needs of our Community Partner agencies and the populations they serve during these unprecedented times.  Please know that only those activities that are allowed during the SLO County mandate to shelter in place, where social distancing is possible, and the risks of infecting or being infected are greatly reduced will be posted here.  Students can text 'CPService' to 22828 to get signed up for our e-newsletter, which will keep everyone posted on service opportunities in the weeks and months to come.

If you need more information about the impact of COVID-19 on Cal Poly students, updates from the administration, helpful resources, and FAQs, please consult the Cal Poly Coronavirus website.

For more information on community service during this time, please check out our in-person and virtual community service pages. For more information on donating to our Community Partner agencies, please check out our donations page. 




                                       Apply Now 2020-2021 Student Leadership application now open!!

The Center for Service in Action is currently recruiting for their 2020-2021 Student Leadership Team. CSA Student Leaders are volunteers within the CSA who serve as the link between off-campus non-profits, Cal Poly student volunteers, and the rest of campus. They advocate for volunteer events, Alternative Breaks trips, service learning opportunities, and large scale events.  The CSA Student Leadership team attends weekly meetings, supports their partners, plans volunteer events, and promotes and engages social justice issues within our community. If you're passionate about volunteering, making a change, and want to get involved with service in the greater San Luis Obispo community, please apply!
Click here to view the application! Applications are due Friday, 6/19.


Need to Contact Us?

Please feel free to email or call. 
Phone: (805) 756-5834

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