The Center for Service in Action (CSA) 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 CSA cultivates reciprocal service and learning partnerships between the university and community partner agencies, serving community-based organizations and governmental institutions seeking University support to address unmet community needs.

Grant Holiday Wishes for Local Kids & Teens 

The Center for Service in Action (CSA) invites all students, staff, faculty, alumni and supporters to contribute to the Mustang Holiday Gift Drive. Last year we provided more than 200 gifts to local children and teens for the holidays, and we are hoping to donate even more this year with your support. We are once again partnering with the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services and the Housing Authority of SLO . And we are excited to announce a new partner this year, Cal Poly's Students with Dependents!

While most gift requests are in the $30-40 range, donations of any amount (no matter how small) can be made online through our direct giving link to help fulfill a child’s wish. If you are local and would like to go shopping for a specific gift instead of donating online, please stop by one of our giving tower locations on campus to pick up a gift wish tag. Giving towers are located on the first floor of The Recreation Center (Bldg. 43), the second floor of the University Union (Bldg. 65), and outside the Mustang Success Center in the Science Building (Bldg. 52, Room D37).   

Bring newly purchased, unwrapped gift items to the Center for Service in Action (Sierra Madre 113 – L119) by Friday, December 4 to help make a child smile this holiday season!  

Looking to volunteer more consistently with an organization in the community?Whether you are passionate about a cause and want to get involved, or you simply have a service hour requirement to fill, stop by our office (Building 113, Room 119L) anytime M-F during business hours. One of our staff or student volunteers can sit down with you to help determine which organizations might be the best fit for you depending on your interest and availability. We will get you the resources you need! Walk-ins are welcome anytime or email and we can set up a time for a consultation.

The Center for Service in Action has moved locations! We are now located in the single story office attached to the Sierra Madre residence hall lobby and common room, right across from Scout Coffee, and next door to Vista Grande. We love visitors so next time you are out grabbing a coffee or meal, stop by and say hi!


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

Students can sing up for our our e-newsletter, which will keep you up to date on service opportunities in the weeks and months to come!


Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Visit our Cal Poly Now Events page.


Need to Contact Us?

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

Or stop by our office.
Building 113 (Sierra Madre), Room L119
M-F 9am-5pm

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