Contributing to the Greater Good

Civic Engagement, Always a Priority

CAVE Volunteers

CSU, Chico’s spirit of service dates back to its earliest days, when Chico founder John Bidwell donated eight acres of his cherry orchard for a new state teacher’s college.

  • As part of the University’s 125th anniversary celebration in 2012, students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni performed more than 125,000 hours of community service.
  • In 2013, Chico State was designated, for the sixth time in seven years, a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, highlighting civic engagement activities.
  • Chico State was awarded $250,000 by the W.M. Keck Foundation in 2010. The grant supported new courses and faculty development opportunities, including civic learning institutes.
  • Accounting honors society Beta Alpha Psi partnered with IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to offer free tax preparation to low-income taxpayers. They did 242 returns, earning Site of the Year.
  • Since 2000, Chico State has raised more than $1.4 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, more than any other college or university.
  • Annually, about 2,000 students from Community Action Volunteers in Education average 60,000 volunteer hours in 20 programs; CAVE celebrated its 47th anniversary in 2013.
  • Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs; Military Times EDGE; and Military Advanced Education have all named Chico State to their lists of schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.
  • Incoming freshmen learn to get involved with the community and participate in civil discourse through the Town Hall Meeting and Great Debate.

Civic Engagement Video

First Year Experience Video