Civic Engagement

Getting involved in your community allows you to learn about a variety of social issues and diverse populations.

Whether you are seeking a one-time experience or an ongoing opportunity to volunteer with a local or national nonprofit organization, you will find a service experience that meets your needs. Looking for a local volunteer opportunity? Stop by Student Activities!

Upcoming Events

September 20th and November 20th (4PM-7PM): Join us as we make and serve dinner to residence of the Welcome One Emergency Shelter in Belcamp, MD.  Transportation to and from the college will be provided.  Must sign up in advance with the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Center.

September 30th (8AM-1PM): Out of the Darkness - Suicide Awareness Walk.  Join the cause and walk or volunteer along the route in order to raise awareness about mental illness and to help lower the number of suicides in America.  Transportation from the college and Havre de Grace, MD.  Must sign up in advance with the Office of Student Activities located in the Student Center.

October 24th (11AM-1PM): Engagement Fair in the Globe Cafe, Student Center.  Come learn about local organizations that need your help or learn about organization that provide help.

Recent Events

October 13, 2016: Volunteer Fair at Harford Community College. Local organizations came to campus to raise public awareness of their missions. Students interested in volunteering their time and skills explored options available in Harford County.

October 28, 2016: HCC students volunteered at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore assisting children and families at the zoo's annual ZooBoo! 

February 10, 2017: Harford Community College Students volunteered at The ARC.  The ARC works with people of all ages with physical and developmental disabilities.  Students spent time chatting with residents, decorated Valentine's Day cookies and made cards.  

March 15, 2017: The Welcome One Emergency Shelter is the only full-service emergency homeless shelter in Harford County.  Students were hands on & cooked/served dinner for the 33 residents. 

Alternative Break Program

The mission of the Alternative Break program at Harford Community College is to provide direct service opportunities for students to experience diverse perspectives, learn about social issues, and grow as life-long active citizens.  Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about various social issues.  Trips are subsidized by the Office of Student Activities and scholarships are available.  We encourage all students who are interested to apply.

January 2018 Alternative Winter Break - Texas!

Harford Community College will work with the non-profit organization Proyecto Azteca in constructing new houses, as well as improving and creating infrastructure for new neighborhoods.  Students will work side by side with the future home owners and get to see what life is like these American farm workers and their families.

Additional information can be found here.

Please email Julie Rothwell at for more information or an application for the upcoming break. 


For More Information:

Julie Rothwell
Student Wellness and Programming Specialist