Center for Community Engagement


The mission of the Center for Community Engagement is to foster and facilitate the efforts of all Mount Saint Mary College constituencies to further progress and social justice in the surrounding community. In doing so, the Center embodies the college’s founding Dominican traditions and provides campus members with opportunities to develop the habits of leadership and service envisioned by the college mission. The Center collaborates with community partners to provide needed expertise, plan and implement new community-focused initiatives, and identify useful service learning opportunities for our students.

Consistent with the college mission’s focus on “lives of leadership and service,” the Center for Community Engagement will collaborate with community partners to promote social justice and equality among underserved populations in our area. The work will focus on the three key areas, which are the pillars of higher education:

Pedagogy: The CCE will enhance academic programs by connecting them more clearly to the larger community.

Service: The CCE will facilitate service opportunities for our students and other campus constituencies, and collaborate with community partners to identify needs, provide expertise where appropriate, and advocate for the community.

Research: The CCE will foster community-based faculty/student for communtiy engagment

Community Collaboration Courses

Faculty interested in securing grant funding to add community engaged learning, please click this link to apply:

Faculty: Learn how you can get involved or view the schedule for this project.

Interested in Volunteering?

Find Volunteer opportunities on the United Way portal.


Looking for Community Resources? Dial 2-1-1 or text 898211

If you or someone you know needs help, dial 2-1-1 for free access to information and referrals to services that provide basic needs including food, clothing, shelter, legal services, drug treatment, employment support, childcare, eldercare and more. The confidential helpline, funded by United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It is staffed by knowledgeable and caring call specialists who can communicate with callers in over 150 languages, as well as TTY for the hearing impaired.  On weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm you can text your zip code to 898211 to be put in touch with a call specialist.  

Trouble dialing 2-1-1?Dial 1-800-899-1479

For more infomation about the Center for Community engagement, please contact:
Lynn Maelia,
Robin Rosenberg,