Carnegie Mellon University

Civic Engagement Annual Events

Civic engagement is embedded into Carnegie Mellon's culture. No matter what time of year it is, you can find opportunities to give back and to lean into the CMU and Pittsburgh communities. SLICE's annual civic engagement opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff both on-campus and in the local community.

Days of Service

Volunteer with your fellow Tartans during CMU's Days of Service, which include both small and large scale opportunities.

Volunteer Fair

Connect to Opportunities: Talk with individuals who are as passionate about community service as you are. Students, faculty, staff and local alumni can connect with more than 50 local, non-profit and campus student organizations that focus on service, activism and issue education, and philanthropy.

Sign Up for a Table: Community agencies and service-focused student organizations are the foundation of the Volunteer Fair. Interested participants should email Meggan to learn more. Volunteer Fair Registration typically opens in early August. Check back soon for more information.

Rise Against Hunger

Join the CMU community in rising against hunger on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration is now open.

Dedicated individuals and organizations — from businesses to civic clubs — can participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry. Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable — mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. This volunteer-based initiative coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. If you are interested in learning more or helping with CMU’s Rise Against Hunger event, please contact Zack Miller.

820 million people across the world don’t receive enough nutrition to lead an active, healthy life.

415,300 volunteers around the globe put their hands on hunger in 2019.

1.7 million lives nourished by Rise Against Hunger meals and other aid in 2019.

106,000+ meals packaged by more than 400 CMU community volunteers in November 2019 in 90 minutes.

Season of Giving

Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to support local families and communities all-year-round with CMU's Season of Giving.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service serves as a platform for students, faculty and staff who are passionate about social change, community building, diversity and multicultural understanding. The MLK Day of Service is accompanied by a series of programs throughout January and February that honor Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace and equality. 

Sign-up with a group or on your own to work on projects relating to social change and advocacy. Past projects have highlighted social issues such as hunger, homelessness, racism and poverty. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Information for the 2022 program will be available soon.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

We love our volunteers.

Partners Allied in Civic Engagement (PACE) and SLICE recognize civic engagement work being done by the CMU community during the Volunteer Appreciation Day. Through this day we hope:

  • to increase the conversation around civic engagement involvement in our community, and
  • to showcase the significant impact individuals and organizations are making in their community.

Volunteer Appreciation Day

Wear your favorite shirt that represents your civic engagement experience, have your photo taken and share your story of why you serve.

The Whatever Drive

Each year during move-out, the CMU community is responsible for the disposal of a large amount of personal belongings that students cannot or do not want to bring home with them. These goods are often in working order, and can be reused within the Pittsburgh community to minimize waste and our impact on the environment. This year, students will have different Whatever Drive options to choose from, based on the types of items they would like to donate. Please direct questions about the Whatever Drive to Zack Miller.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) serves local individuals in need on a person-to-person level through direct services including clothing, furniture, housing, utility assistance, food, medical care, and transportation. This year, SVDP is bringing a box truck to campus to collect donations from students at various times during finals week and move out.

Accepted Donations:

  • Clothing, shoes, purses, and accessories for women, men, and children
  • Home goods: linens, artwork, framed mirrors, baskets, decorative items
  • Toys and games
  • Media: records, compact discs, DVDs
  • Books, textbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries
  • Small appliances in working order: Toasters, microwaves, dorm refrigerators, mixers 

Sorry, SVDP Cannot Accept

  • Televisions, electronics that don’t work, weapons, large appliances, infant car seats and cribs, swing sets, pianos/organs, entertainment centers, hutches, armoires, china cabinets, bookcases, medical equipment, automotive parts, sewing machines, mirrors without frames, hangers, VHS tapes, magazines, anything associated with the bed (mattresses, box springs, frames, headboards, futons, sleeper sofas), excessively large or multi-part furniture (waterbeds, sectionals, pool tables), dangerous items (anything marked flammable, poisonous, or hazardous including acids, pesticides, paints, oils, propane tanks, etc)
  • SVDP also cannot accept any items that have rips, stains, tears, pet hair, broken parts or missing pieces.
  • If you are in doubt about whether or not your item will be accepted, ask yourself, “Would I give this item to my neighbor?”
  • For more information about which items can and cannot be accepted, please visit the SVDP website.
  • How to Donate

    To make a donation to SVDP, simply bring your items to their truck while it is on campus. The SVDP truck will be on campus at the following times and locations:

     

    Date

    Time

    Housing Community

    Truck Location

    Wednesday, May 4

    12:00 pm – 1:20 pm

    Oakland

    Fairfax Parking Lot

    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

    Morewood

    Morewood Parking Lot

    Saturday, May 7

    10:00 am – 11:20 am

    The Hill

    CFA Parking Lot

    11:30 am – 1:00 pm

    Morewood

    Morewood Parking Lot

    Wednesday, May 11

    9:00 am – 10:20am

    The Hill

    CFA Parking Lot

    10:30 am – 12:00 pm

    Morewood

    Morewood Parking Lot

The CMU Pantry is an on-campus resource that is committed to reducing hunger among students by providing food, cleaning supplies, and personal care items to shoppers at no cost.

 Accepted Donations

  • Unopened non-perishable foods
  • Kitchenware (cooking and eating utensils, can openers, pots and pans, rice cookers, hot water kettles, etc). **Please clean kitchenware before donating**
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Unopened hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo/conditioner)

 Sorry, the CMU Pantry Cannot Accept

  • Perishable foods (fruits, vegetables, items that require refrigeration such as meat, dairy, cheese, etc)
  • Opened or partially used packages of food
  • Opened or partially used hygiene products
  • Broken, damaged, or dirty kitchenware
  • Microwaves, mini-fridges, or other large/heavy kitchen appliances

How to Donate

Bring your items to the Pantry and drop them off. If the Pantry is closed when you arrive, you can leave your items in the donation cart outside of the Pantry doors. The Pantry is located inside the Residence on Fifth at 4700 Fifth Ave. If you have questions about your Pantry donation, please email cmu-pantry@andrew.cmu.edu

Do you have something that you’d like to donate, but that item isn’t accepted by SVDP or the Pantry? Do you want to make a donation, but aren’t available during the dates/times the SVDP trucks are on campus? Consider reaching out to one of the following organizations to make your donation:

  • Pickup Please is a donation pickup service offered by Vietnam Veterans of America. Pickup Please accepts most items, and will send a truck driver to your location to pick up the donation.
  • East Liberty Presbyterian Church is collecting furniture and household goods for refugee families. This collection will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Parking Lot (616 N Highland Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206).
  • Thrifty is an all volunteer-run thrift shop located next to the Thomas Merton Center on Penn Ave. Learn more about Thrifty, their mission, and how to donate by visiting their website.
  • Goodwill has many donation centers throughout Pittsburgh. You can use their donation center locator tool to find a location to drop off your items.