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ExploreDC participants 2019

Welcome to CCES

The Center for Community Engagement and Service (CCES) is AU’s hub for community outreach, volunteering and service-learning opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond. Being part of the DC community is an important part of the student experience at AU, and CCES is where students come to connect.

You can tutor DC students with DC Reads. Earn class credit with volunteer work through the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP). Participate in or lead a domestic or global service experience through the Alternative Breaks Program. You can even turn your passion into a project with an Eagle Endowment. 


Explore DC 2022 coming this Summer! 

Explore DC is a multi-day experience that includes service with nonprofits, exploration of neighborhoods, DC history and culture and evening programming for incoming first-year and transfer students at American University. It is part of AU All American Welcome, sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service.

Date and Time: August 23rd at 5:30pm- August 25th at 8pm

Visit ourExplore DC page to learn more and learn how to register.

Want to be a student leader?

Visit our Explore DC Coordinator page for infromation about applying to be an Explore DC leader! Apply today!

Questions? Email or call (202)885-1553.


DC Reads tutor with student from DC Public Schools

DC Reads

Love AU? Love Service? Have Federal Work Study? Apply to become a DC Reads Tutor! Click on the link below to learn more.

Apply to DC Reads

Students working on community-based learning project

Community-Based Learning and Research

Want to earn credit, apply skills and knowledge gained in the classroom, and serve the local community?

Learn More

Alternative Breaks. Learn. Engage. Reflect.

Alternative Breaks

This year we are pleased to offer a dozen programs focused on a variety of social justice issues.

About Alt Breaks

Eagle Endowment for Public and Community Service. Student at service project site.

Eagle Endowment

Propose a service project for an Eagle Endowment Grant today! Please click below for more information.

Propose a Project

Read Your World Day

One Day Service Events

ODSE provides opportunities for the AU community to connect with greater, diverse community of DC.

About One Day Service Events

Student volunteers building a bench during Explore DC

Explore DC

EDC is a program for incoming/new students to explore their new home through social justice issues.

About Explore DC