CBU Serves: Connecting. Collaborating. Caring.

CBU Serves began in 2012 as a month-long, student-led project started in 2012 by Dr. Tracie Burke and was called September of Service. Its aim was to partner with a different Memphis non-profit organization every day in September while upholding our Lasallian values, engaging Memphis communities through leadership, and inspiring spiritual growth through service.

Please join us in bringing that experience to a new generation of students at CBU and expanding it to current year-long CBU Serves.

CBU Serves Volunteer Management System:

The CBU Community can register for a personal CBU Serves profile on the CBU Volunteer Management Portal using their cbu.edu email address. The Portal allows us to track hours as individuals and teams in one convenient place! It’s also app-friendly (Cause Connect within the Apple App Store and Google Play). If you have any questions, contact Director Justin Brooks (jbrook13@cbu.edu).

Ongoing CBU Serves Volunteer Opportunities & Events

CBU Buc Stop Pantry
Monday – Thursday| 1:00 – 4:00 pm | Stritch Hall
This is a great opportunity for students to connect with the CBU Community and collect several service hours on campus. Your shifts can vary based on your selections and availability.

CBU Sister Supply (On-Campus Service Opportunity) – Bi-Weekly on Friday
CBU CRS and Campus Ministry are in need of bi-weekly volunteers to help in serving our campus community. Join us every other Friday at 4:00 pm by signing up at the link above. Due to the nature of this service, this is reserved for our female students, staff, and faculty only. Volunteers will be credited 2 hours for each service session.

CBU Campus Ministry: PB&J Sandwich Making for St. Mary’s!
It’s another year of CBU on the horizon and, with such, another year of PB&J sandwich-making with Campus Ministry! For years, Campus Ministry and a platoon of students have been making PB&J sandwiches to donate to St. Mary’s to feed those less fortunate. This year will be no different! To volunteer, please respond within the Volunteer Management System.

Junior Achievement of Memphis (2023-2024 Volunteer Opportunities and Links)

One-Time CBU Serves Volunteer Opportunities

Serving In Christ Outreach (Volunteers Needed) : March 8 – April 14
Serving in Christ Outreach of Memphis is in need of volunteers for general community service support throughout the months of March and April. Their mission is to serve disadvantaged individuals by providing case management, job skill training and job placement into paid work experiences through transformative mentoring. So, to help during any of the following dates a the FedEx Forum (191 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103), please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

Art in The Loop 2024 (April 12-14)
Art in the Loop 2024 is returning between April 12 and 14, taking place on Ridgeway Loop Road (between Briarcrest Avenue & Ridge Bend Rd.). This 7th annual edition of Art in the Loop, the art festival in east Memphis, will feature talented artists working in metal, glass, wood, clay, & fiber; plus, jewelry, paintings, photography, and more! We’ll also offer guests the fare of some of the town’s top food trucks, and performances of classical music by area youth ensembles. So, if you’d like to volunteer within this festival experience, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

Binghampton Community Church: Mobile Food Pantry
Volunteers will assist with setting up and bagging food once the Food Bank delivers the pallets of food, loading food into cars, handing out paperwork and pens to cars, writing number of families per car on car windows, directing traffic, and also putting data into computers from each family who received food. If you have a laptop to utilize for such that you can bring, it is also greatly appreciated! To volunteer for this opportunity, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

Binghampton Community Church: Clothing Giveaway
Volunteers will assist with setting up tables that will hold donated clothing, unload bags of clothing and sort the clothing, assist visitors with loading bags of clothes, and bag up leftover clothes. Volunteers will also clean-up debris around the property or other cleaning projects. To volunteer for this opportunity, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

City Retreat Memphis – Volunteer Day (April 27)
On April 27, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, City Retreat Memphis will be hosting a “Volunteer Day”! All are welcome to join in. We will load a large dumpster with old building materials and complete various yard projects. Please bring appropriate work shoes, hammers, wheelbarrows and gloves if you have them. CBU has bathrooms within a 100 yards walk. Water is provided. To volunteer for this opportunity, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

Experience Memphis Gardens – Cooper Young Garden Club (May 18-19)
The Cooper Young Garden Club are reaching out to invite Christian Brothers College Students to join us as volunteers for the upcoming “Experience Memphis Gardens” citywide tour on May 18-19, 2024. Volunteers will play a vital role in ensuring the smooth operation of the event, and in return for a 3.5-hour shift checking tickets, they will receive a complimentary ticket to tour all 26 days of gardens. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be a part of this vibrant community event and enjoy the beauty our city has to offer. It’s a lot of fun meeting garden lovers and seeing unique garden spaces of all types. To volunteer for this opportunity, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

CBU Serves Employment and Professional Development Opportunities

New Memphis – Accelerate Program
Accelerate is a free semester-long experience that offers college students the skills and networks necessary to launch successful careers in Memphis. Find out more at the link above.

Americorps – Casa De Esperanza
For anyone looking for a great experience out-of-state, specifically in the Houston, TX region, check out the opportunity with our friends at Casa De Esperanza. They are recruiting Americorp VISTAs to serve during a 12-month service program that would provide a stipend of $20,000+. For more information, click the link.

CBU Serves Community Events

Middle College High School “Spring Car Wash Fundraiser” (April 6)
Middle College High School’s Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting a Car Wash from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm! They are looking to raise $1,500 to enhance the student experience at Middle College High School by providing educational, social, and cultural experiences! Supporting Middle College High School’s SGA will directly contribute to their ability to serve the student body by hosting events, providing incentives, and leading school-wide initiatives.

“Jonesland, A Legacy of Extraction and Survival” – Jazmin Miller (April 9)
On April 9, renowned artist and community leader, Jazmin Miller will be on campus to discuss her recent documentary, “Jonesland, A Legacy of Extraction and Survival” within Sabbatini Lounge, beginning with a brief reception at 5:45 pm. 

Dr. Raquel Martin @ Rhodes College (April 10)
On April 10 starting at 5:30 pm within the McCallum Ballroom, Rhodes College will be hosting Dr. Raquel Martin! Dr. Martin is an experienced licensed clinical psychologist, devoted professor, acclaimed researcher, and scientist who believes deeply in the power of Black mental wealth — an affirming, lifelong journey that encourages Black people to center mental health practices as integral and intentionally linked to success and wellbeing. 

Entrepreneurship Expo (CEO) (April 18)
The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at CBU are collaborating with the Crews Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Memphis to put on an Entrepreneurship Expo! This is the first time we have collaborated on an event like this and we would love to see you there. 

GROW Career and Education Night (April 18)
Join Junior League of Memphis, the University of Memphis, and many more as they host a night full of community resources and delicious food on April 18, 2024. Meet at Lester Community Center (317 Tillman St.) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and explore some of the many great organizations serving our city and county! 

Summer Opportunities

Cedar Crest Camp (Summer 2024 Opportunities)
Cedar Crest Camp, located in Lyles, TN is currently preparing for Summer Camps operations, and in the hopes of having some #Buccaneers present, have asked that we share the following information for two opportunities. To learn more, please check within the CBU Volunteer Portal.

Literacy MidSouth – LiteracyCorps

Porter Leath – Americorps