Do Service Well

Community Action Volunteer 101

Service creates space for individuals to exist in community with others, to learn about and respond to dynamic needs, to think creatively and dig deep. At the Pace Center we believe that being of service means we are perpetual learners, committing time to understand the issues that matter most to us, working to ensure we are well prepared for the role we will play in communities, and creating space to process the impact our experience has on those we serve and ourselves. 

As we work to connect students to experiential opportunities to sustain meaningful and lasting change, we feel it is important to ensure they have the knowledge and skills that support meaningful work and positive impact. Throughout all our programs, we aim to foster a culture of social responsibility that inspires students to create systemic change in order to build an equitable and just world. 

Pace Center Learning Goals

Cultivating Relationships

Through service students acquire a deep awareness of social issues and an appreciation for community that leads them to cultivate relationships with others rooted in empathy, humility and respect.

Value Alignment

Through service students learn to align their values with their positive contributions to the common good.

Social Responsibility

Through service students come to know a broad definition of service, which they can apply to the many spheres of their lives.


Field Guide to Service

 How do you do service well? Here are some simple steps and exercises to help you prepare, engage and reflect effectively. 


At the Pace Center we believe a critical component to doing service well is being well planned and well prepared.