Commitment to Service

Hundreds of students devoted themselves to a day of service for ’Cats in the Community in 2017, tackling projects across the city in partnership with Community Action Volunteers in Education, the City of Chico, and many community supporters. Students such as criminal justice major Arissa Medina beautified neighborhoods, cleaned parks, built homes for those in need, and completed many other tasks to honor the life and legacy of César Chávez. Events like this are one of many reasons Chico State has earned a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll nine times.

Two Student Philanthropy Council members pose in a cardboard frame that reads "I Gave!"

Inspired by University donors, the Chico State Student Philanthropy Council encouraged more than 1,800 students to donate over $13,000 to support fellow Wildcats experiencing food or housing insecurity.

Agriculture majors constructed a garden at Sierra View Elementary and then carried the enthusiasm into the classroom to teach their young counterparts about what and how to grow. The cross-disciplinary project comes full circle as vegetables they harvest are donated to the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry. 

Girls Who Code logo

Students partnered with to support Girls Who Code, bringing basic coding workshops to Chico-area middle and high school students to encourage their pursuit of careers in the computer science field.

Our social Greek organizations set records for philanthropic contributions during Greek Week 2017:

  • 1,100 students
  • 14 fraternities and sororities
  • 667 pints of donated blood
  • 2,500 cans and nonperishable food items
  • $31,400 raised for breast cancer research

The student Resident Hall Association sponsored a head-shaving event to raise awareness of and funds for childhood cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

A student smiles as they get their head shaved for charity

Students in the Society for Human Resources have been regular volunteers at the Torres Community Shelter to help residents who are homeless build their resumes and prepare for employment. 

More than 80 students volunteered at restoration projects in the Mendocino National Forest for National Public Lands Day (NPLD). Students from the University’s Field School, the Latinas in Action student club, and Alpha Phi Omega coed service fraternity tackled 10 projects—the magnitude of their contribution earned them recognition as a signature NPLD event.