Flash back to O-days. There are rows and rows of tables on the concourse with a variety of organizations to choose from. You’re looking to get involved with a philanthropic organization, but maybe you didn’t get to talk to every single organization. Maybe you even decided to skip over the concourse all together on those days. Fear not! You’re in luck. There are tons of organizations at Auburn University that serve the community, and it’s easy to give back.
When it comes to community service at Auburn University, IMPACT is a great place to start. IMPACT is Auburn’s central resource for volunteer opportunities and community service, and it’s incredibly flexible. Your involvement with this organization can be as little or as much as you like, and there are a variety of sites and activities to choose from. All you have to do is sign the IMPACT release form, check out the schedule, pick a time and show up.
Alternative Student Breaks
Are you looking for a more meaningful way to spend your breaks away from school? Alternative Student Breaks offer students a way to serve others on their academic breaks. Locations range from neighboring states to different countries, and each location addresses a certain issue. Winter applications for 2013 are closed, but spring break applications open up on Oct. 14, 2013 on AUinvolve.
Circle K International is the largest student-run collegiate service organization with a worldwide membership, and Auburn University has a chapter. The organization promotes fellowship, leadership and service, and members work with various different projects in the community.
Tiger Habitat is the Auburn University student-led branch of the Lee County Habitat for Humanity. If you’re good with a hammer, this is a great option. This organization addresses the issues of poverty housing, and through their work, low-income families have found shelter in safer, affordable housing.
Alpha Phi Omega and Omega Phi Alpha
If you’re looking to join an organization that includes service and fellowship, these two organizations are great choices. Alpha Phi Omega, Auburn University’s service fraternity, and Omega Phi Alpha, Auburn University’s service sorority, participate in and host multiple service projects each semester. Both organizations hold rush at the beginning of each semester.
Harry Potter Alliance
Is Harry Potter your biggest inspiration? This may be the club for you. Auburn University’s AUrors are a group of Harry Potter fans that are making a difference in the community by destroying real-world horcruxes such as inequality, illiteracy and human rights violations.
Engineers without Borders
Engineers without Borders (EWB) focuses on designing engineering projects to better the lives of a chosen community. This organization works with a developing country each year and hosts the annual Quidditch for Quesimpuco Tournament.
American Red Cross Club
The American Red Cross Club engages Auburn students in Red Cross programs and services. The club is involved in fundraising and service projects throughout the year, both on and off campus. Members are also given the opportunity for discounted rates on CPR and disaster response training.