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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Community Engagement Office Resources

Here are some useful resources for community engagement and service-learning.

Feel free to stop by the Community Engagement Office CSU 173 for more information!

Community Engagement Resources:

Minnesota Department of Health  There are as many different ways to "do" community engagement as there are different communities. Different strategies will work better for different parts of the community and under different circumstances. In addition, the use of multiple, overlapping strategies is usually the most effective. Strategies include hosting and participating in community meetings, focus groups, interviews, talking circles, special events and more.  You will find resources and information on how to choose tools, important strategies and skills, as well information on evaluating your success linked from this Web page.

Service-Learning Resources:

Listen to our podcasts in our Leadership Tool Box at the Student Activities Web Site.

What is Service-Learning? (104K PowerPoint presentation) Used at the NSLC "What is Service-Learning?" session held during the 2004 National Conference on Community Volunteering and National Service in Kansas City, June 6-8. If you have problems opening the file, simply click to download and save the file to your computer, then view with PowerPoint.

What is Service Learning (University of Colorado, 2000)

About Learn & Serve: Service Learning (CNCS, n.d.)

Learn and Serve America Fact Sheet (CNCS, January 2003, pdf, 685 K)

NSLC Glossary of Service-Learning Terms


Other Places to Learn About Service Opportunities

Community Engagement Office Search

You can always start with the CEO's Search.


Greater Mankato Area United Way

Visit United Way of Greater Mankato's Get Connected site to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of others through service or to highlight volunteer opportunities in your organization!

Volunteer Match

Sometimes local organizations will register with this national volunteer opportunity search engine. Visit for more information.


 To search for national or international opportunities, as well as current news and events surrounding various topics of community and civic engagement, visit the Idealist website.


Not Seeing Something that Works for You?

Call our office today to explore the possibilities and consider how you can shift your passion into action in support of your community! 507-389-5789 or at