The Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact promotes community-based learning experiences that address issues of public concern by building mutually beneficial partnerships and empowering students to be active citizens in their local, national and global communities.

West Chester featured as a leading PA Hunger-Free Campus

CBS News Pittsburgh: Pennsylvania's Hunger-Free Campus efforts aren't just for students who would miss meals without them

WCU Resource Pantry feature on CBS

Resource Pantry Hours

CCESI EVENTS

  •                Spring 2024 Events. 1/25/24, 10am: MLK Day of Service - Park Cleaning, Meet @ Rammy Statue then walk to Rustin Park; 1/25/24, 11am - MLK Day of Service - Toy Cleaning, Sykes 115;  1/25/24, 6pm - MLK Day of Service - Rustin Movie, Sykes Theater; 2/13/24, 1am - 2pm: Public Service Career and Volunteer Fair, Sykes Ballrooms; 2/22/24, TBD - South Campus Resource Pantry Pop Up, SECC Ballrooms; 3/7/24, TBD - Hunger Banquet, Academic Ouad; 4/18/24, TBD - Resource Pantry Pop Up; 4/18/24, TBD - Queens and Beans, SECC Ballrooms;

    Spring 2024 Events

  • MAY 23-27: CAMP ABILITIES PA @ WCU SEEKING PERFORMANCE COACHES. Camp Abilities PA a WCU is a sports camp for youth (ages 7-17) who are blind or have low vision. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Coaches provide one-on-one instruction during all physical activities and events. This overnight camp experience includes 5-a-side soccer. cross-country and track running, field events. tandem biking, and swimming, with opportunities to participate in goalball, football, golf, lacrosse, frisbee, and beep baseball.

    Camp Abilities PA at WCU

  • WCU's Center for Civic Engagement and Social Impact Presents 2nd Annual Hunger Banquet. A fundraiser to benefit the WCU Resource Pantry. Explore the causes and effects of hunger, while taking steps to eradicate it, right here onour own campus! Please note, all meal choices will be available to all guests after theinteractive experience. Featured Keynote: Andrea Youndt, Chief Executive Officer, Chester County Food Bank. Thursday, March 7, 20247:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Attendee - $25. Faculty and Staff - $10. Student - $5. SECC Ballrooms, Science and Engineering Complex West Chester, PA 19382. New Street Garage is available for self-paid parking. What to Expect: Hunger Banquets are memorable events designed to raise awareness and funds to address foodinsecurity. Hunger banquet guests will have an interactive dining experience that is determined bythe luck of the draw. Once guests arrive, they draw tickets at random that assign them to a high-,middle-, or low-income tier—based on the latest statistics about poverty around the world.Each income level has a different dining experience.The 20 percent in the high-income tier are served a sumptuous meal; the 30 percent in the middle-income group eat a modest meal, and the 50 percent in the low-income tier help themselves to asimple meal.The master of ceremonies will guide participants through this interactive experience and giveparticipants a chance to discuss and reflect on their dining experience. By the end of the event,guests will have a better understanding of what food insecurity may feel like for others and whatactions they can take to help combat the issue. Tickets on sale NOW through February 23rd or We sell Out! Buy your ticket TODAY!

    Hunger Banquet

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For the second consecutive year, the Philadelphia Foundation recognized West Chester University as a Civic 50 Greater Philadelphia honoree for being one of the 50 most civic-minded organizations in the region for 2023. The award was achieved through WCU’s commitment to community engagement measured by an investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems, and impact measurement.