USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) provides opportunities for students to volunteer in their local communities or in communities around the country and abroad. You’ll make a valuable contribution to an organization in need, while gaining real-world experience and enriching your college experience.

Did You Know?

  • Volunteers have a 27 percent higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers.
  • Volunteers living in rural areas have a 55 percent higher likelihood of finding employment.
  • Volunteering is associated with an increased likelihood of finding employment for all volunteers regardless of a person’s gender, age, ethnicity, geographical area, or the job market conditions.

(Corporation for National and Community Service, 2014)

Get Started Here

Apply for an AWOL Trip

Students can apply to the Alternative Week of Off-Campus Learning program and provide service for a community in the state, region, country, or even abroad. Trips are scheduled over winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as one weekend a month during the academic year.

Participate in National Day of Service

You can get involved in service even for a single day! Check out the National Days of Service page for more information.

Volunteer for an Organization in the Community

Visit the Community Partner Database to locate an organization that is looking for volunteers.

Design Your Own Community-Based Service Project

Students can receive planning support and funding to help design and implement their own community-based service project. Visit the myUSD portal for more information and to apply.

Schedule an Appointment

Need help getting started? The staff at CAGE is here to help! Email engage@usd.edu to schedule an appointment with a staff member who can discuss your options for getting involved in service-learning and community-based projects.