Volunteer Opportunities

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 to expand your knowledge and understanding, provide you with a sense of purpose, enhance your perspective, boost your self-esteem, and build relationships and community.

10K Hours Donated Each Year

65 Mission Trips

900K Hours Donated Since 1930

Earn A Franciscan Service Cord

As a Catholic Franciscan institution, we are committed to instilling the value of connecting through joyful service to others in our students.

According to the academic catalog, all Charger students are required to do 20 hours of service per year that amounts to 80 hours of service during their undergraduate experience. 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. 

Need Help Tracking Your Service Hours?

We've got you! Let us help you track your volunteer experiences to make sure you meet your goals in time for graduation. Download this volunteer verification document to email or take with you on location, this will allow your supervisor or another third party to sign off on or verify the hours that you are claiming. Then, use form below to submit this verification document and your hours as frequently as you would like throughout your time at Briar Cliff University. Don't forget to tell us about your hours so that we can help you to track every time you serve others. 

Thank you for making time to build connections within our community through joyful service.

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. 

Local Outreach

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:

  • Canned food drives

  • Night to Shine

  • Penny Wars/Rice Bowls

  • Relay for life/5K’s for a cure

  • Bi-annual Blood Drives  

  • Christmas Party for Persons with Disabilities

  • Tree Of Love

  • Charger Closet

Details about these events and how to participate each semester will be posted on the calendar and sent to your Briar Cliff University email. 

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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.