COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICE CLUBS
Alpha Phi Omega
Description: Alpha Phi Omega is a coed service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, friendship, and service. We are a diverse group of students brought together with the common goal of service-based leadership. We work with many organizations on and off campus to help our community. One of our biggest service projects on campus is working with the Virginia Blood services to host two blood drives a semester. We also participate in Project Linus, Relay for Life, assembling troop care packages, and many other volunteer projects. As a fraternity, we also participate in many fundraising and social events throughout the semester. Follow us on Instagram at @apocnu!
Circle K International:
Description: We are a Club sponsored by local Kiwanis clubs! We are here at CNU promote service, leadership, and fellowship! Circle K is the same thing as Key club in high school but on a collegiate level! Every member will be required to achieve 10 community service hours a semester inside or outside of the club, 20 hours for the whole year. All hours you achieve through Circle K count for other things around campus ( honors, PLP, and other community service clubs).
Description: We have served alongside volunteers from All Nations Church, which opens its doors every Sunday to the homeless and the needy in Newport News. A bus travels to pick up people in need and bring them back to a facility where they receive a delicious breakfast, a large bag of food from the pantry, medical care, clothing and a shower, and, perhaps most importantly, the knowledge that someone out there cares about them. The relationships that we have formed with the guests are invaluable. Difference Makers has also donated 100 Christmas stockings, which are filled to the brim with gifts by generous CNU students, to the Salvation Army during the past four holiday seasons. These stockings were given to local children, many of whom would not receive any other presents.We host an annual walk to raise awareness for hunger and fund raise for hunger-fighting development efforts around the world. In past years we have raised over 3000 dollars!
We are always looking for new ways to serve, so if there is a service project that you fell in love with in high school or an idea that you've always wanted to share, we are excited to hear them and have hearts & hands that are ready to help! As Difference Makers, we will remain committed to serving those in need and striving to answer Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question in more and more ways.
Description: Our goal is to inspire youth in the Newport News community to be passionate about science through hands on STEM activities
A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE
Peer Education is a Community Outreach Program that develops a "safe place" at Christopher Newport University. In Peer Education (Peer-Ed), students are free from judgement, stigmas, and all other social constructs. Within this environment, students are trained as Peer Educators to make positive differences in the lives of others within their community. In this training process, students continually learn extensively about themselves as well as others in the group in a personal environment.
To solidify the training of the Peer Educators, the group travels to the local elementary, middle, and high schools within the area to teach the students about love, acceptance, how to be a good friend, anti-bullying, values, family, relationships, communication, and so much more. Truly making it a community outreach program.
BETTER THE COMMUNITY
Our ultimate goal with this program is to give students a safe place to discuss anything and everything they need, while also making a positive difference in their community. Through these schools trips and trainings, we believe we can help students see the value in life, combat social constructs, overcome depression/anxiety , and negative behaviors.
Description: Raising Educational Awareness through Compassion and Humanity (REACH Alternative Breaks) facilitates service opportunities for CNU students during academic breaks. Service trip locations are along the East Coast and focus on different social issues including youth development, housing and food insecurity, and animal welfare. REACH Alternative Breaks emphasizes exploration and community-building through service, education, and reflection.
Description: Rotaract is a community service club! We bring together CNU students to take action in our community, develop their leadership, professional skills, and of course HAVE FUN!