Community Engagement Programming
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- Community Federal Work Study
- Volunteerism at Centenary
- Centenary Gives Back!
- The BIG Event
- Dian Tooke Student Service Award
Community Federal Work-Study Program
Centenary College places a number of Federal Work-Study students to work within Non-Profit Service agencies in our local community on an annual basis.
Each student is under contract with the College that determines the total numbers of hours that students can work during the year. Generally, students work eight to ten hours a week and their hourly wage is paid by the Federal Government and Centenary College.
An employee of the service agency must interview the student before accepting them for work-study and must supervise them while they serve at the agency. The Federal Government requires a signed contract between the agency and the College. Students are responsible for work-study time sheets that are to be completed and signed by both the student and the agency supervisor before it is turned in to the Director of Service-Learning.
For more information about this opportunity contact:
Mrs. Lynette Viskowzki
Director of Financial Aid
You can also click HERE to visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
Previous CFWS Community Partners
Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College
Northwest Louisiana Food Bank
The Volunteers of America Summer & After School Programs
The March of Dimes
The Robinson Film Center
The Renzi Education & Art Center
Volunteerism at Centenary
The Office of Community actively works to promote volunteerism by connecting students to a host of ideas for service and opportunities to serve.
Northwest Louisiana Volunteer Center
The Northwest Louisiana Volunteer Center is a program of the United Way, and opened in April 2009 to foster the spirit of civic engagement in Northwest Louisiana by connecting and enabling agencies and volunteers.
The Volunteer Center puts volunteers in touch with agencies that need them the most. In order to provide the best experience for both agency and volunteer, volunteers' skills and preferences are matched against the many opportunities available to provide the "best volunteer match". The Volunteer Center also provides trainings and seminars to give volunteers the skills they need to be effective in their community.
Volunteer Center Links
Have an opportunity you want advertised? Download, complete, and fax this form to the Volunteer Center!
For a list of on-going volunteer opportunities, click here.
Centenary Gives Back!
Centenary Gives Back! is a webpage created and maintained by Centenaryís Office of Community and is dedicated to recognizing Centenary students, staff, faculty, and alumni who choose to give back to help serve their local communities through volunteer service.
You will find blurbs, stories, and pictures about members of the Centenary Community both near and far making a positive difference in the communities in which they live. Remember, volunteering isnít always about building houses and picking up trash (although those are good things too), you can include any positive activity you do to improve the community from serving on a local community board, tutoring local children, or contributing your skills and talents to your local church or synagogue.
If you or anyone you know who is connected to the Centenary Community has volunteered from June 2009 until now we want to recognize their contribution(s). Please email your volunteer stories to email.
When submitting information please include the following:
- Who? - Names of the volunteer(s)
- What? - Event or group you volunteer with
- When? - Dates and Times you volunteer
- Where? - Location of where you volunteer
- Why? - Give us a quote about why you choose to volunteer.
- Pictures! - If you have pictures of your volunteer experiences please send those in as well.
Click here to go to the Centenary Gives Back! Webpage and see what your peers have done! Thanks and Happy Volunteering!
The BIG Event
The BIG Event is a student-led, large scale, day of service, which unites Centenary with its surrounding neighbors to build relationships, express gratitude, and enhance the community that has supported the college for over one-hundred years.
Our Purpose & Origin
At the BIG Event, students, faculty, staff, and alumni all come together to act as neighbors helping neighbors. Together, we work to beautify the surrounding neighborhoods of Centenary College, to show our gratitude for their support of our community, and to allow us to give back and connect with the Shreveport community. Volunteers have the opportunity to choose from various helpful activities, including exterior home improvement, basic landscaping, and inside services.
Click here to go to The BIG Event's web page!
Dian Tooke Student Service Award
The Dian Tooke Student Service Award is presented annually in the spring of the academic year to a graduating senior who has made service to their community a priority during their time at Centenary. A supporter of students and a champion of community engagement, Dian Tooke was the 1st Director of Service Learning in the college's history.
These students have gone "above and beyond" not only in their Service-Learning participation, but in other areas by promoting civic stewardship and encouraging civic engagement and responsibility amongst the Centenary Community.
List of Past Recipients
1998 - Tommy Eskew
1999 - Natalie Thompson
2000 - Karla Jackson
2001 - Nola Seiber
2002 - Jason Burnham
2003 - Katie Poole
2004 - Russell Young
2005 - Kelsey Johnson
2006 - Sarah Smith
2007 - Patricia Harris
2008 - Jennifer Bouso
2009 - Ally Gann
2010 - Jennifer Pate and Matthew Wallace
2011 - Costas Dafnis
2012 - Eric Ball
2013 - Chad Nelson and Melanie Queen
2014 - Candace Metoyer and Garrett Whipple