Community Service and Volunteering

The desire to serve and help others is strong at Carroll. It’s part of the Pioneer tradition, from Freshman Day of Service to Alumni Volunteer Day. Getting involved, connecting to the broader community and seeing the impact of your contributions—these are valuable learning experiences that shape you as a person.

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Make Time to Make a Difference

It starts with becoming the change you want to see. Giving back is not only a great way to learn more about yourself—you’ll interact with people from different backgrounds and discover the power that comes from working together. And you may find opportunities that complement your field of study and help prepare you for your career.


We’ll connect you to volunteer opportunities throughout greater Waukesha and Milwaukee, ranging from one-day, one-time service projects to ongoing placements. We partner with more than 40 organizations working to improve our community through environmental sustainability, education, poverty alleviation, health care and more.

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Take a Meaningful Journey

Combine travel and service on a winter or spring Alternative Break. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, the focus is on positive change and personal growth through community service. Find out how you can expand your impact on issues such as hunger, education, housing access, youth development, health care and more.

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Change a Life

Share your experience and insights through mentorship in Carroll's Pre-College Programs, and enrichment activities and programs, with youth not yet in college. Help us instill a sense of discovery and the inspiration to believe anything is possible.


There are many ways to give back to the community. Here are a few more.

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Connect with your community. Join groups of Carroll students who volunteer a few hours of their time helping area organizations and afterwards enjoy exploring local businesses and restaurants together.

students voting Voting and Civic Engagement

Vote! Want change? Make it happen. Every vote counts and we encourage our students to participate in the election process. Find out about dates, polling locations and voter eligibility for local and national elections. 

Doctor and student with clip board Community Employment

Prosper with purpose. In addition to on-campus employment, you can be placed in off-campus locations such as hospitals, nonprofit organizations, etc. Community-based campus employment provides professional development and networking in your field of study and helps you build stronger ties to the greater Waukesha and Milwaukee area.

Give. Serve. Learn.



Among the nation’s top colleges for Relay For Life events 

Annual Volunteering Events

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Freshman Day of Service

Our students log more than 14,000 volunteer hours annually, beginning with Freshman Day of Service during Welcome Week, when the entire incoming class joins together in giving back. It’s an opportunity to make a significant impact on our community and the people who live here.

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Month of Service

To celebrate our University Ethos and university year-long theme of stewardship, we encourage all Pioneers to give back in their own communities throughout November 2020.

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National Service Project

Over the past six years, the Carroll community has put over 275,000 meals on the tables of hungry people. Each April we collect food items and schedule volunteer activities as part of our annual food drive. 

See Carroll For Yourself

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