We are SU Raiders! We recognize that we are called to share our time, talent, and resources with the community around us. Can you believe last year SU students donated over 62,000 hours of community service? Please join Shippensburg University’s ShipServes pledge as we unite as an SU community to make a difference in the lives of others. It's easy to get started, simply look at all the events happening during Fall Welcome Week and Sign Up!

So, what are you waiting for? Show that we are #ShipServes.

Ways to Get Connected

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 5:00 pm, Seavers Recreation Pavilion

Please join us for the Volunteer Service Dinner at the conclusion of the Welcome Rally. All students interested in participating in Saturday's Corn Festival are invited to attend.  Students will learn about campus/community partnerships and volunteerism in our local community.

Part of the beauty of college is that learning happens everywhere, on and off campus. It's critical that you broaden your horizons, expand your networks, and develop the resume that will get you to the career you want. So don't wait, take a risk, and engage from day one!

Saturday, August 26, 2017, Various Start Times, Meet Group in Ceddia Union Building (CUB, MPR)
Ship students can register to participate here.

After 1000's of visitors converge on Shippensburg, it's a big job to get everything back in order. The Corn Festival Organizing Committee needs help to staff the festival, close down the festival and re-open the streets. Students in service are needed between 8 and 5 p.m. to help ensure that the event goes smoothly and safely.

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Ceddia Union Building (CUB, MPR)

Please join us to participate in any of the following eight service projects that will be benefiting organizations within our region and nation-wide. Please see the projects listed below to find out how you can participate, and the impact you will have in the community.

If you'd like to participate in one of these activities, register here.

Project One: Cat Habitats

  • Organization: Shippensburg University Animal Alliance provides services to local shelters and local animals. The SU Animal Alliance strives to make others aware of puppy mills and animal abuse.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will create cat habitats for the stray cats within the Shippensburg Community. These habitats will consist of storage totes, plastic bins, zip ties, and duct tape.

Project Two: Planting Station

  • Organization: Shippensburg University Farm is used for research and volunteer opportunities at a site located near the Shippensburg University campus. The Farm also provides an outdoor educational experience for local elementary, middle, high schools, Girl Scout troops, and residents within nearby independent living communities. Another service provided by the Shippensburg University Farm is providing fresh produce for campus dining services and community members.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will plant seeds for garden planting. These seeds include beets, beans, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts, to name a few.

Project Three: Dog and Cat Toys

  • Organization: Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS) is within Shippensburg, and serves the community by protecting, sheltering, and seeking adoption for homeless animals in the northern Franklin and southern Cumberland counties. The shelter also acts to return lost pets to owners, prevent cruelty and neglect, and promote population control. They strive to remove barriers from the adopting process, so long as the animals find good homes.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will assemble cat and dog toys from fleece, t-shirts and water bottles.

Project Four: Care Pack's for GAiN

  • Organization: Global Aid Network (GAiN) provides items such as medicine, temporary shelter, blankets, clothing, and school supplies to those in need.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will put together care packs for GAIN recipients. These items will be sent nation-wide to those in need.

Project Five: Care Pack's for Shippensburg Elementary Schools

  • Organization: Shippensburg Elementary Schools serves the public school district in Franklin County and Cumberland Valley.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will put together care packs for the students within the elementary schools. Care packs will hold school supplies such as pencils and crayons for the students.

Project Six: Cards for Veterans

  • Organization: Lebanon VA Medical Center provides timely care, including same-day services, when primary care is needed. Lebanon VA Medical Center also, provides timely mental health care, including same-day services, as needed.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will create cards for Veterans who receive services at the Lebanon VA Medical Center.

Project Seven: Bracelets

  • Organization: Make-a-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization that assists in arranging experiences also known as “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will create bracelets to sell for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Project Eight: Gardening for Retirement Communities

  • Organization: The gardening portion of Craft for Cause will assist two different retirement communities: Episcopal Home and Elmcroft of Shippensburg. Episcopal Home provides assisted living and independent living for seniors. Episcopal also assists in activities of daily living including provided meals and nurses to the in-home community. Elmcroft of Shippensburg provides care to seniors in a private and intimate setting. The center gives way to home-like communities, entertainment, and programming for seniors.
  • Student Activity: Ship students will prepare a potted plant for residents within the retirement communities for seniors to enjoy.
Saturday, August 26, 2017, 7:00 pm, Outdoor Pavilion (Hockey Rink)
Ship students can register to participate here.
And, members of the Shippensburg community can register using this form.

New Student Orientation hosts the third annual Service 5K Fun Run/Walk. Please note, pre-registration is not required; there will be registration directly before the event. This 3.1 mile course is runner and walker friendly. The cost to participate is $5 and all proceeds will benefit Owen Bonn, son of Marsha Bonn, Director of the University Union and Student Activities here at Shippensburg University

On October 4, 2015 Owen was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma (Eye Cancer), just three days after his second birthday. Owen has tumors in both of his eyes and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Owen and his parents travel to Philadelphia once a month to be seen by doctors at Wills Eye Hospital and get chemotherapy treatments at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

In addition to his trips to Philly, Owen goes to Hershey Medical Center once a week for blood tests and more health screenings. Throughout everything, Owen has always had a smile on his face - he is a true hero!

To learn more about Retinoblastoma visit:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Ceddia Union Building (CUB, MPR)
Ship students can register to participate here.

Community partners are looking for SHIP students!  They will be on campus September 5th to talk to students about volunteer, field and internship positions. This event provides an opportunity for community organizations and students to meet in the same space together to discuss potential partnerships for volunteering, field placements, internships and service learning. Please stop by to see all the community partners/organizations represented.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:00 am (Kickoff), Ceddia Union Building (CUB, MPR)
Ship students can register to participate here.

Service learning is a high-impact practice where students become invested and active in their communities by giving of their time and skills and learning in the process. With the success of the last few years, we are excited to once again offer this program, and we hope that you will take the opportunity to volunteer and participate.

Faculty, staff, and community partners are interested in helping you expand your knowledge and skills. We want you to know that here at Shippensburg you will learn not only in a lecture hall or laboratory, but also in the field and in the community as you put your skills to work.

Come back to this page for more details about the service projects and how you can get involved to better your college experience and get connected to Ship!