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Learn what you love, give where you live.

Volunteer Opportunities

Connect with others on campus and around the world.

Leadership Opportunities

Connect with Community

Participate in volunteer efforts that benefit the Rochester community members and our partners.

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Develop Leadership

Shape and direct your community by committing your time, learning, talents, energy, and resources.

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Engage Politically

Get involved in the democratic process and collaborate with community organizations.

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Learn from Experience

Develop knowledge and skills from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.

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Upcoming Events

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Community Service

Days of Service

The University of Rochester encourages students to engage with their communities by supporting different days of service throughout the year.

Alternative Spring Break

Rochester students have a long history of undertaking service trips during winter, spring and summer breaks.

LEAP Program

The Learning and Exploring at Play program pairs undergraduate students with Kindergarten and 1st Grade students develop the language, literacy, math and social skills.

Rochester Youth Year

An AmeriCorps VISTA-sponsored social justice program that strives to eradicate poverty for Rochester youth and families, strengthen communities, and promote community-centered leadership.

Transition Opportunities at Rochester (TOUR)

TOUR is an inclusive college experience at University of Rochester for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 18-21.

Urban Fellows

A unique 10-week summer program that emphasizes civic engagement, promotes learning about urban issues, and fosters an appreciation for cross-cultural issues and urban life.

Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the Campus-Community Bridge website to find or submit a volunteer opportunity.

Alternative Spring Break Students


“The Fellows are wonderful, smart human beings. Having them in our offices and in the field is refreshing, helps us accomplish so much.”

RYY Host Site Supervisor

“Even though I lived in Rochester for the majority of the past two years, I feel like I've learned more about this city in the past week and a half than I have since I got here.”

RYY Fellow

“Working in challenged communities as a privileged individual has revealed a lot of prejudice and selfishness that I wasn't aware of within myself.”

Urban Fellow

“I personally enjoyed interacting with such a motivated and intellectually curious student. Helping another person learn and watching them work to overcome any disability is an enriching experience.”

TOUR Coach

Peer Mentoring

At the University of Rochester, mentoring isn't just an idea—it's part of our mission. With several programs available to individuals of all ages and demographics, our mentoring initiatives strive to instill the tools necessary for a lifetime of learning and success.

This video, recently submitted to First Lady Michelle Obama’s Peer Mentoring Challenge, features our LEAP and TOUR programs.

Community Service


According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, 71% of eligible students are registered to vote, higher than the national average.

Our Newsletter

The Bridge, a monthly electronic newsletter, informs students about community leadership opportunities, including leadership training, community service and civic engagement opportunities. Sign up to receive The Bridge directly to your email.

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