Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement within the Community

The community service portion of Wilkes University’s First Year Student Orientation is unique and provides incoming students with the early opportunity to experience what the campus community is all about.

Volunteering within the local Wilkes-Barre area offers beneficial hands on interactions with residents, business owners, and non-profit organizations to new students. Some work done in previous orientation years includes tutoring children, playing with animals, visiting with elderly residents in nursing homes, repairing and cleaning up gardens and much more.

Why do first-year students do community service?

Wilkes students, faculty and staff (yep, the whole institution) contributed over 75,000 hours of recorded service last year- that's a big deal! You will be doing service in your FYF classes, nursing, pharmacy, engineering, education, we could list them all, but let's just say there is service in every major. Service is what Wilkes does. You may have the opportunity to do service along side some of your faculty. Contributing your time, energy and talent in the community helps to knit you not only with Wilkes University community, but with the community of Wilkes-Barre.

Civic Engagement within the Community

Here are some of the sites where students have volunteered during orientation: