Community Service & Outreach

Due to COVID-19, the university is currently operating virtually. However, there are still opportunities to continue serving the community. Here are some needs that you can get involved with.

United Way's 2-1-1 is looking for volunteers!

2-1-1 is a referral system through United Way that coordinates with community agencies to offer resources for those in need. Anyone with a need can simply dial 2-1-1 and will then be connected with an operator who asks them questions about their needs and provides them with information about the local services that can help. Our Shoals 2-1-1 is working to improve their services and availability. In order for it to work effectively, there need to be guaranteed volunteers who are answering the calls. 

A 2-1-1 phone operator can work from their home! The only things they need guaranteed access to are internet, a computer, and headphones with a mic. The training is also facilitated through Zoom with a United Way employee. Currently there is no volunteer hour requirement- anything helps!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Bethany Green at  

Our Community Service & Outreach programs change lives by enhancing civic engagement competency through high impact service-learning opportunities and community involvement.

We provide opportunities for UNA students to recognize their civic potential and take initiative to develop it. Students enrich and enhance their education experience through active, engaged service.

Find Available Volunteer Needs and Opportunities

We partner with our local United Way of Northwest Alabama chapter to help connect you with available volunteer needs and opportunities in the community. The link below will redirect you to United Way's volunteer portal. Once you are there, you will need to submit your contact information. The United Way staff will follow up with you about available opportunities. 

Click here for United Way's Volunteer Portal

Find Specific Opportunities Based on Your Interests

If you are looking to get more involved with a specific organization or find organizations that work with a specific social topic, you may schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss some options and opportunities. 

Use this link to schedule your meeting

Lions Lend a Hand logo

Lions Lend a Hand is a service showcase featuring campus and community organizations that are making a difference. Join us to learn more about how you can get involved, resources that are available for you, and mix and mingle with your peers! 
The next Lions Lend a Hand event will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 11am-1pm in the Guillot University Center Atrium. 

If you are a community agency that would like to represent your organization at Lions Lend a Hand, please register here. This registration will close on August 7, 2020 at 5:00pm. 

Click here to view photos from the 2019 event.

The inagural 9/11 Day of Service will take place on Friday, September 11th from 3:00-5:00pm throughout the UNA and Florence community. We will be collecting food donations for UNA's Feeding the Pride pantry. 

Pantry pick-up locations will be identified prior to the event and community members will be encouarged to participate. Student volunteers will be helping to pick up the donated items and bring them back to campus. There will be a service celebration following the volunteer opportunity at the Rogers Hall lawn from 5:00-6:00pm. This event is in collaboartion with the Student Alumni Association. 

Registration for the 9/11 Day of Service will open on August 1st at 8:00am and close on Wednesday, September 9th at 5:00pm. 

Click here to register!

The seventh annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm on Monday, January 18, 2021 in the Guillot University Center on UNA's campus. 

Students and members of the community will have the opportunity to help out their local food pantries by packaging food in an interactive and exciting environment. The first 300 volunteers will receive a free t-shirt for participating. It will be, "A Day On, Not A Day Off" and a great way to honor and remember Dr. King.

Schedule of Events
10:00am - 10:30am: Registration & Check-in at the GUC Atrium (downstairs)
10:30am - 11:00am: Kickoff address & guest speaker
11:00am - 12:00pm: Packaging over 30,000 meals @ GUC Banquet Halls

Registration is not currently open for this event. 

See photos from the 2020 MLK Day of Service here. 

UServe logo purple and gold

UServe is a civic engagement program coordinated by the Office of Student Engagement and the Mitchell-West Center for Social Inclusion. It is an interactive program that incorporates education, training, hands-on service, and reflection to connect students with the social challenges of today. Each month is focused on a different issue. 

To find out more about UServe programs and to sign up, click here