Service Programs

Community-Based Service & Learning

The Center for Community-Based Service and Learning provides a variety of services to the St. Peter community and surrounding area. Each year over 40 student program coordinators lead these outreach programs that engage over 1200 student volunteers. The programs were established in collaboration with the St. Peter and surrounding communities and work directly with community partners or organizations to meet their identified needs.

To learn more about each program, follow the links below.

Program Applications:

Program applications are available on the respective webpages below for each program. Click the link to access the page for the particular program you are interested in. 

Life Skills

Academic Achievement

Healthy Lifestyles

Intercultural Understanding

Animal Rights and Advocacy

Affordable Housing

Search for Opportunities

Gustavus Engage is an online service platform that helps connect Gustavus students to service opportunities in the community. Gusties can log in with their Gustavus accounts to learn more about service options, register for volunteer opportunities, and track your service hours. 

Service Program Core Values

Our approach to service is focused on the betterment of the campus, St. Peter, and surrounding communities. Our various service organizations aim to create the positive change students, staff, faculty, and the community want to see. These programs align with the core values of and institutional student learning outcomes of Gustavus. Our approach to service is based on four core values that frame and drive our programming efforts. They include:


We willfully employ our talents and assets by serving the community in a relationship demonstrating mutual respect, genuine interest, and leadership.


We strive towards the development of depth within community, volunteer, and constituent partnerships through open communication and active involvement of all relevant parties.


We recognize the complexity of communities and the ever-shifting nature of human social dynamics. Therefore, we are committed to identify changes in community needs and to develop our programs as necessary.


We keep our minds open to the acquisition of new skills, information, and life perspectives that expand our competency and fulfillment as individuals.