International Student and Scholar Services

Volunteer Opportunities in Chico

International Students are always welcome and encouraged to volunteer for local charitable organizations. 

Why Volunteer? 

  • Acts of generosity are scientifically proven (PDF) to increase one's sense of wellbeing.
  • It's a great way to meet people with shared interests.
  • You will feel like a valued part of the community. 
  • Networking! This could lead to other opportunities, including paid jobs.
  • In the U.S., volunteer work is highly valued by employers - will improve your resume. 

Campus Volunteer Organizations

Community Action Volunteers in Education
Campus program that places students with local organizations. Let them know you are an international student and ask them if you can not be enrolled in the unit of credit. 

Global Allies
Represent your home country and support new International Wildcats at events. 

Community Volunteer Organizations

Butte County Local Food Network(opens in new window)
Assist with projects in community gardens.

True North Housing Alliance(opens in new window)
Supporting unhoused individuals in Chico.

Boys and Girls Club(opens in new window)
Working with children (includes a foster grandparent program).

Butte County Humane Society(opens in new window)
Working with stray animals.

Bidwell Park Volunteer Program(opens in new window)
Help keep our park looking beautiful

Enloe Hospital
Volunteer at the local hospital.