Chico State—making service count

I hear people calling Chico State the ‘Ivy League of community service.’

The University began with a gift in 1887, when Chico founder John Bidwell donated eight acres of cherry orchard for a college in the North State.

Chico State celebrated its 125th anniversary year with another gift to the North State—125,000 hours of service.

At final tally, the Chico State community had logged 171,133 service hours in the 2012 My Service Counts challenge, totaling $4.23 million worth of work.

The 2012 challenge has ended, but Chico State’s commitment to service is going strong. “A lot of service [is] just what we do,” says 2012–2013 Associate Students president Jay Virdee. “I hear people calling Chico State the ‘Ivy League of community service.’ ”

The University is consistently named to the national President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. About 3,000 students participate in Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) each year, generating 60,000+ hours of community service.

The ways to get involved are as varied as our students—from building houses for victims of domestic violence to teaching about nutrition in elementary schools to walking dogs at the local animal shelter.

However they get involved, Chico State students find themselves changed by the experience. “[Community service has] truly shaped me into the person I am today,” says student Kim Macintosh. “I’ll continue to volunteer for the rest of my life.”

Read more about the My Service Counts challenge in Chico Statements.

During My Service Counts, Kim Macintosh spent 75 hours raising money for children’s cancer research. Jay Virdee dedicated 173 hours to community service projects.
During My Service Counts, Kim Macintosh spent 75 hours raising money for children’s cancer research. Jay Virdee dedicated 173 hours to community service projects.