Student Engagement

Community Service and Volunteerism

Community service and volunteerism provides students with opportunities to explore interests, develop skills, expand their professional network, and meet other students and community members.

Community Partner Programs

Community Partners are nonprofit organizations and programs the university is partnered with for students to have volunteer opportunities with during their college experiences. The benefits of choosing to volunteer with a community partner is that you can typically have a set schedule for your volunteer work as well as really getting to know about the organization, getting to know the staff, and becoming more invested in their mission.

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Community Partners

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Active Projects

Active Service Projects are service events going on that require student volunteers to help make the event possible for the public. Partnering agencies request volunteers and all requests are posted here. The benefits of choosing active (random) projects are that you can get quite a few hours in one day or one weekend as well as you will get a very eclectic volunteer experience, networking with multiple nonprofit professionals.

Active Service Projects and Programs

Habitat for Humanity

You can sign up directly with the Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator!

Maren Bader, Volunteer Coordinator
(931) 528-1711

You can also sign up for volunteer opportunities online. On the Habitat for Humanity website, click “Volunteer” to see current volunteer opportunities available with Habitat for Humanity. Once application has been submitted,  the volunteer coordinator will reach out with further instructions.

Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Opportunities

FUMC Food Pantry

Volunteer at the First United Church’s food pantry and hand out food to those in need. To volunteer, email  

Cookeville Senior Center

Join the Cookeville Senior Center activities for an intergenerational experience at one of their yoga classes, boxing, art, or woodcarving classes.

To sign up please email

Hope Rings Out - Cookeville Rescue Mission

Raise awareness and collect funds for the Cookeville Rescue Mission during the holiday season. Visit the Hope Rings Out website for more information.

Upper Cumberland Foster Closet

We hope to act as a resource that foster families can quickly visit upon receiving a placement and get items these children need such as: clothing, shoes, carseats, and other basic needs, free of charge. Through the generous donation of these items from our local community, foster families will be able to use their own resources in other ways while the children are in their homes. Visit the Upper Cumberland Foster Closet website to learn about donating and volunteering.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands of Putnam County is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to individuals and families facing poverty or crisis. Our services include food, utilities, medical expenses, rent, and gas vouchers for out-of-county medical appointments. We are committed to supporting those in need and helping them overcome challenges. Call 931-256-3838 or visit the Helping Hands website to learn more.

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