Since in-person classes have been back in session and the community is beginning to come back together face-to-face, community service hours have risen recently, and students have become more eager to lend a helping hand.
At The University of Alabama, the Center for Service and Leadership (CSL) is a place where students can find service opportunities and a network of other students who enjoy spending their time bettering the community around them. The CSL has, in recent years, developed a valuable tool for students to access called Bama Pulse, a website designed to get students plugged into local service projects and a hub for all things community service at UA.
All one needs to get started on Bama Pulse is a MyBama account and a passion for serving the local community. Once logged in to Bama Pulse, a detailed calendar of events displays all of the upcoming opportunities to get involved in. In addition, after completing a project, students can use the website to log how many hours they participated in and keep a transcript of those hours created directly from the website.
With 80,079 people, 149,077 hours, an economic impact of $4,025,073 and 184 community partners as of Nov. 2, 2021, the CSL and Bama Pulse are making a tremendous impact.
One student leader shared how one of UA’s largest service days, Ripple Effect, impacted the community at the beginning of this year’s fall semester. Groups of students went to multiple service sites completing various activities with organizations such as Arts and Autism, Wings of Grace, The UA Arboretum, West Alabama Food Bank and many more. Particularly at the food bank, students took time to assist in boxing care packages full of non-perishables and other items to send out.
For any questions about Bama Pulse or need help getting started, the CSL staff is ready to help! Coordinator for outreach Lisa Minor-Burnside is a resource for information, support or just a friendly face to meet as one begins the journey to being an impactful community member!
Click here to visit the CSL Staff Directory