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.

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The Center for Service in Action (CSA) invites all students, staff, faculty, and families to contribute to the 2019 Mustang Holiday Gift Drive! You can contribute by either picking up a gift tag and purchasing the gift request of a local child or teen ($20-30 value), or donating online through our Spur Change Campaign. At the end of the drive, student volunteers from the CSA will shop for the remaining gifts with the donated money to ensure that as many children as possible receive gifts this holiday season!

To pick up a gift tag with specific gift wish, please visit one of the Giving Trees at the below locations:
- The Center for Service in Action (Bldg. 52, Room E22)
- first floor of Kennedy Library (Bldg. 35)
- second floor of the University Union (Bldg. 65)

All gifts due in the Center for Service in Action by Friday, December 6th at 4 pm!


You can also arrange to have a CSA student bring the tags to your office, staff meeting, or other event by contacting Kaylee Roe at Each tag represents a specific request supporting local children and families in need. Bring newly purchased, unwrapped gift items to the Center for Service in Action by Friday, December 6th to help make a child smile this holiday season!

Gifts support children and teens through the below organizations.

  • Boys and Girls Club of South SLO County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Child Development Resource Center
  • Child Welfare Services
  • El Camino Homeless Organization
  • Family Care Network
  • Housing Authority San Luis Obispo
  • Make A Wish Tri-Counties
  • Migrant Education Program
  • Oceano Family Resource Center
  • Peoples' Self Help Housing
  • RISE
  • Salvation Army
  • Santa Maria School District
  • Stand Strong
  • Transitions-Mental Health Association

Need to Contact Us?

Please feel free to email, call or drop into the Center for Service in Action.
Phone: (805) 756-5834
Location: Building 52, Room E22
Open: Weekdays, 8:30AM - 5:00PM

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