CNU Engage Recognized Service Organizations

A CNU Engage Recognized Service Organization (RSO) is one that organizes students to provide direct volunteer outreach, educational programs, awareness, advocacy, and/or philanthropic efforts with nonprofit organizations. 

These organizations demonstrate the following priorities: 1) Service to the Hampton Roads community; and 2) Values membership camaraderie, personal growth, and networking through community involvement

CNU Engage RSO must have an established partnership with a nonprofit organization. 

Members of CNU Engage recognized service clubs must actively work with their nonprofit organization in order to log hours for their service club.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO)

Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a co-ed service fraternity. Our service program hosts a variety of fun service projects, both on-campus and off-campus with other organizations. In addition to service, we value building leadership skills and friendships!

Primary Email: Kathleen Hoppenjans | Service VP | email: service.apoadx@gmail.com                                                                                              Secondary Email: Emily McGovern | President | emails: emily.mcgovern.21@cnu.edu and apo@cnu.edu

Service Track: Arts & Culture, Civic Engagement & Social Action, Community Development, Environment & Animals, and Youth Development & Education

American Red Cross Club

CNU American Red Cross Club provides volunteer opportunities to help make a difference by addressing our community’s greatest needs and developing leadership skills. Our main focus is to help provide a sufficient blood supply for our community hospitals by sponsoring blood drives on campus throughout the year.

Email: arcc@cnu.edu;micaela.floresvaccari.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Health Related

Animal Shelter Service Club

Club for volunteers of various local animal shelters to gather, also to be used as the volunteer pool for TNR effort and feeding free-roaming cats in Newport News

Email: shannon.okeefe.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Environment & Animals

Biology Club

The Biology Club is a student organization designed to help those interested in biology engage in events to broaden their understanding of the scientific world and potential career options and get involved in science-related service throughout the Hampton Roads community.  The club hosts events to discuss biological topics, raises money for charities and organizations that benefit the scientific community, fosters relationships with other science/volunteering organizations on and off campus, and underscores the importance of being involved in the natural sciences. The Biology Club is another resource on campus for students to expand their perspective on the world and to inspire a love for science and biology.

Email: bioclub@cnu.edu; alyssa.wilkinson.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Environment and Animals

Bluebird Gap Farm Club

A club for the students volunteering at Bluebird Gap Farm. We organize volunteers on service tracks at the farm, organize carpools for students, and host fundraisers for the farm.

Email: bbgf@cnu.edu; emily.weinberg.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Environment and Animals

Captains' Connection

Captains’ Connection is an independent student-led service organization at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. Captains’ Connection, (CC), is an organization that establishes meaningful connections through peer mentorships between CNU students and individuals with one or more disabilities. We establish both group and individual mentorships with people in the surrounding community with disabilities, and in doing so, we provide guidance, activities, and a sense of belonging; which all deserve. As involvement in our organization increases, we will continue to create an ever-growing voice of advocacy for individuals who are often underserved, underrepresented, and misunderstood. Our primary Community Partner is Denbigh High School in Newport News.

Email: captainsconnection@cnu.edu; jack.perry.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Youth Development and Education

Captains Emergency Response Organization (CERO)

Our goal and mission is to eliminate the bystander effect within the CNU Community and the greater peninsula area. CERO will seek to educate, train, and prepare the CNU community as well as the greater peninsula for all potential emergencies. From an everyday cut or scrape to a cardiac arrest or car wreck, the club will help train members and the greater community on the best and most efficient way to respond, render needed assistance, and stay collected during a variety of health-related situations. This will be accomplished through bringing initiatives such as STOP the Bleed, CPR training, AED training, and EMT certifications on campus and making them readily available to students, staff, and faculty. CERO will also work in tandem with Captains Emergency Medical Services to provide Basic Life Support coverage for the CNU community on campus. We work closely with the NNFD, HFD, Riverside, and NNPS. 

Email: cero@cnu.edu; aidan.rucker.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Health Related

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer is a student run organization sponsored by American Cancer Society. Every year we not only raise awareness for cancer research, but also host a series of events to raise money in the fight against cancer. The largest and most well known of our events is Relay for Life.

Email: cac@cnu.edu

Service Tracks: Community Development; Health Related

Craft for a Cause

Craft for a Cause is a service club that focuses on creating stuffed animals, blankets, and/or hats to donate to Riverside Hospital. Donated items will be knit, crocheted, or sewn and we will teach these skills to anyone who wishes to learn!

Email: grace.walters.21@cnu.edu; craftforacause@cnu.edu

Service Track: Arts & Culture; Community Development; Health Related

Family Focus Club

We are dedicated to working with CNU’s community partner, Family Focus, to educate and raise awareness in our community about childhood abuse and neglect. We will provide services and fundraisers for the Family Focus agency. We will help spread our knowledge to prevent childhood abuse and childhood neglect by promoting the Six Common Protective Factors known to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect, emphasizing the importance of a family’s well-being. At the same time, helping to repair the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Email: familyfocus@cnu.edu; jack.seftas.22@cnu.edu

Service Track: Youth Development and Education

Food Fighters

We are a service organization that prevents food waste and works to feed the Newport News homeless community by collecting packaged food from the dining halls at the end of the night and delivering it to a local rescue mission.

Mission: To facilitate the safe, efficient, and effective transport of CNU’s excess assets to organizations serving those in need in the Newport News Community. To assist in the processes of organizations that utilize CNU’s unused assets. To encourage involvement in helping those in need within the Newport News Community.

Email: ethan.pulket.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Hunger & Housing

Habitat for Humanity

The Habitat for Humanity chapter at Christopher Newport University is a terrific way to become involved in Habitat for Humanity. This club is dedicated to serving our local affiliate, Habitat for Humanity Peninsula Greater Williamsburg, through volunteerism and donations. As a club, we help build homes, work in the ReStore, and form relationships that will have a lasting impact. Being a part of this club means a dedication to helping those in substandard housing and believing that a house is more than just brick and mortar, it is a place to call home. Join our mission and help make a difference starting here on campus, the Hampton Roads community, and beyond!

Email: taiylor.russell.20@cnu.edu; habitat@cnu.edu

Service Track: Civic Engagement and Social Action; Community Development; Hunger & Housing

Innovative Minds

Innovative Minds is a club at Christopher Newport University dedicated in volunteering to demonstrate science and scientific ideals to expand young minds. Our goal is to inspire youth in the Newport News community to be passionate about science through hands on STEM activities

Email: innovativeminds@cnu.edu; sydni.stock.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Community Development; Youth Development & Education

JumpSTART

The purpose of this group is to (a) provide students in the Newport News/Hampton Roads community with performing and fine arts workshops and (b) create committed volunteer opportunities available to Christopher Newport University’s Performing and Fine Arts students.

Email: lauren.schlosser.20@cnu.edu, jumpstartcnu@gmail.com

Service Track: Community Development; Youth Development & Education

Kesem at CNU

Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Kesem is the largest national organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer, at no cost to families. Our innovative and fun-filled programs provide children with peers who understand their unique needs, and create long-lasting impact.

Email: christophernewportu@kesem.org

Service Track: Health Related; Youth Development & Education

Neuroscience Club

The Neuroscience Club provides a place for students to come and make connections surrounding their interest in Neuroscience. We teach Neuroscience related lessons to the local Elementary Schools, host fundraisers for Neurological-based charities, as well as help members connect to STEM related professors and research on campus.

Email: neuroclub@cnu.edu; emma.cumashot.19@cnu.edu

Service Track: Community Development; Health Related

Planned Parenthood Generation Action

We are the CNU Planned Parenthood chapter, and we focus on sexual health care on campus! Planned Parenthood Generation Action Network is a network of young organizers and activists across the country who organize events on their campuses and in their communities to mobilize advocates for reproductive freedom; in addition to raising public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educating young people about sexual health, and creating lasting change in those communities.

We table and provide free condoms and other STI-protective materials for students. We are also trying to get free condoms to be placed in dorms around campus.

Email: ppga@cnu.edu; andrew.brown.22@cnu.edu

Service Track: Gender & Sexuality Interest; Health Related

Serve the City Club

Serve The City is an international organization that mobilizes volunteers to help in areas of need and perform acts of kindness. They have a location for our surrounding area which is Serve The City Peninsula. The goal of this club is to work directly with them and provide student volunteers at their various events.

Email: servethecityclub@cnu.edu; katelyn.bowersox.20@cnu.edu

Service Track: Arts & Culture; Aging; Civic Engagement and Social Action; Community Development; Environment & Animals; Health Related; Hunger & Housing; International Interest; Women’s Interest; Youth Development & Education

Special Olympics Gymnastics

The purpose of this organization is to work with persons born with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The gymnastics program in Newport News provides children with special needs a fun, social, and athletic program that allows them to interact with volunteer coaches and other athletes in order to develop coordination and confidence through the sport of artistic gymnastics.

Email: specialolympicsgymnastics@cnu.edu

Service Track: Health Related; Youth Development & Education

Student Basic Needs Coalition

The Student Basic Needs Chapter (partnered with the national non-profit of SBNC) aims to support students in building a localized network of activists on CNU’s campus. The SBNC chapter will expand awareness of student basic needs and financial insecurity at CNU, build community between campus organizations with similar missions, and develop campaigns for improving college affordability and graduation rates for all students. Though the main goal of the chapter is to establish and run a food pantry on campus, it will also host events such as movie screenings about campus hunger, and town halls to facilitate cross-group collaboration and help to register students in need for SNAP. Student volunteers will staff the food pantry project. Additional events such as serving meals at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, etc. will also be held to offer students volunteer opportunities that engage them with their community.

Email: sbnc@cnu.edu

Service Track: Hunger & Housing; Youth Development & Education

Surfrider Foundation Club

Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. It focuses on water quality, beach access, beach and surf spot preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems. The Surfrider Foundation believes that getting outside and engaging with the natural world, especially the ocean, waves, and beaches, is inspiring, supports healthier lifestyles, improves productivity, and ultimately creates a better culture. Our irreplaceable national network of chapter volunteers serves as the first response to local threats in coastal ecosystems across the US.

 

Email: audrey.hales.22@cnu.edu

Service Track: Community Development; Environment & Animals

Where is The Line

Where Is The Line is the CNU student organization affiliated with the organization Fear 2 Freedom, a global nonprofit dedicated to redeeming and restoring lives wounded by sexual abuse bringing them hope and healing. Where is the Line (WITL) is founded on the hope that education, awareness, and philanthropic action can alleviate and prevent the suffering of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Our goal is to elevate awareness of sexual abuse, bring change through vigilance, and healing through compassion.

Email: witl@cnu.edu; ryan.bocompani.21@cnu.edu

Service Track: Civic Engagement and Social Action; Gender & Sexuality Interest; Health Related

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