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Community Engagement

Changing the world, one small act at a time.

At Otterbein University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we believe that even small acts can change the world. And we believe that there are many ways to change the world. So we offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in areas that range from planting trees to tutoring children, and from walking dogs to scrapbooking with senior citizens. For those who want to volunteer a few hours each term, and for those who want to volunteer several hours each week, we have it all!

Otterbein Responds to Community Needs

In response to increasing needs in our community, Otterbein University established the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) in 2003.  The CCE builds community partnerships and enhances our historical relationships with neighboring communities.  The CCE brings together campus volunteerism, service-learning, and community-based action research.   Students, faculty, and staff currently support community engagement in five key areas:  (1) Civic Responsibility, (2) Environmental Awareness and Protection, (3) Youth Literacy, Education, and Development, (4) Health, and (5) Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness. 

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification

Otterbein University Selected by Carnegie for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

Otterbein is the only central Ohio school with the Carnegie Classification of Master's Universities to earn Community Engagement classification.
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About Us

Learn more about what makes the CCE an award winning program.

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We believe in community service so much that we bring it into the classroom.

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Student Volunteer Programs

Our volunteer programs are led by students, for students.

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Community Based Research

Our research teams address some of the toughest problems in town.

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Community Partnerships

We form partnerships that help our students learn and serve.

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/ Center for Community Engagement

The CCE is located in the Mikesell House, 82 W. Main St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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