Service Programming

The Wackerlin Center is Aurora University's volunteering and service platform. Here, students can find volunteer opportunities and also engage with other peers and the community. The center helps students grow and serve others, and provides opportunities for them to work with people from various fields.

By providing opportunities for service, we hope to embed the historic Aurora College values of character (habits of heart) and scholarship (habits of mind) into the educational experience of all students.

Morning of Service

Once a semester on a Saturday morning, the Wackerlin Center hosts a Morning of Service that invites students, faculty, and staff to volunteer on a service project around the local Aurora area. More than 15 sites around Aurora partner with the Wackerlin Center, ranging from volunteering at nonprofits to cleaning up local neighbors’ yards to helping stock shelves at a food pantry. The Morning of Service has grown into a special tradition here at AU that often sees hundreds of students volunteer each semester in order to help live out our mission of serving the community around us.

If interested in volunteering for the Morning of Service, please contact Barb Calvert at bcalvert@aurora.edu

Volunteer Fox Valley

In February 2014, a partnership between Aurora University and Fox Valley United Way known as Volunteer Fox Valley was announced, which serves as a virtual volunteer center that allows students and community members alike to find organizations in need where they can volunteer and serve in. The Wackerlin Center has been an avid supporter of this effort.

By providing opportunities for service, we hope to embed the historic Aurora College values of character (habits of heart) and scholarship (habits of mind) into the educational experience of all students.

To access the virtual volunteer center, please click on the following link: http://volunteerfoxvalley.org

Service after AU

Recognizing that service plays a role after a student’s time in college, Aurora University partners with several post-college service organizations to support and enhance a student’s vocation of public service:

  • AmeriCorps a civil society program supported by the U.S. federal government, foundations, corporations, and other donors engaging adults in public service work with a goal of helping others and meeting critical needs in the community.
  • Peace Corps– a volunteer program run by the United States government that sends individuals to communities around the world to live and work on projects ranging from education to business development.