Earning your Franciscan Service Cord
As a Catholic Franciscan institution, we are committed to instilling the value of service to others in our students. All students are required to do 80 hours of service during their undergraduate experience or 20 hours of service per year according to the academic catalog. In keeping with the spirit of valuing service, Briar Cliff University offers recognition for students who go beyond the graduation requirement. Students who complete 100 hours of service or more will be awarded a service honor cord to be worn at commencement. Don't forget to tell us about your volunteer experience.
Hours Donated Each Year
Hours Donated Since 1930
Why make time to give time?
Choosing to volunteer your time, skills, and resources is one of the most powerful ways to make a difference that helps others. Volunteering your time to others also helps:
- enhance your perspective
- provide you with a sense of purpose
- expand your knowledge and understanding
- boost your self-esteem
- build relationships and a community
Reaching Out and Giving
Every single Charger in our caring community has been given immeasurable talents to share with the world. We know that the spirit of volunteerism is often fuel to the fires of change both on international and local fronts.
You don't have to go far to serve others. Chargers can serve both on campus and in our local Siouxland community. Don’t wait for a personalized invitation to start making a difference!
| Serving the Siouxland Community
As a thriving metropolitan community, Sioux City is home to over 200 non-profit organizations. Don’t wait for a personal invitation to get involved. Start making a difference by:
Ringing bells and sorting clothes at Salvation Army
Help maintain and support events at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Mentor a Child with Big Brother, Big Sisters of Siouxland
Donate clothing to Catholic Charities
Advance the mission of Boys & Girls Club
Improve your home by volunteering at The City of Sioux City
Reach the less fortunate at the Food Bank of Siouxland or Siouxland Soup Kitchen
Find the opportunity that best fits your talents, interests, and time.
Volunteer in Siouxland
| Serving on The Cliff Campus
As a caring community, we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of temporary, seasonal, and existing service events from student organization fundraising for a cause to larger university-wide initiatives including:
Details about these events and how to participate each semester will be posted on the calendar and sent to your Briar Cliff University email.
National & International Outreach
Our campus ministry organizes, plans, and takes mission trips to poverty-stricken countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and Saint Lucia. There, you'll carry out mission work — everything from building houses and water systems to distributing clothes and food to the needy.
You can learn more about each trips and how to participate by contacting our Campus Ministry. General information will also be sent to your Briar Cliff University email.