Community Affairs

  • Service to others has long been an important core value of KCU and continues to play an important role in campus life activities. The Community Affairs Department coordinates community service activities for faculty, staff and students.

    Community Service

    We provide volunteers and sponsorship support to organizations in the Greater Kansas City area. Learn more about how you can request assistance from KCU for your organization. 

    To find out more about KCU community outreach efforts, contact Sara Selkirk, executive director of community and student affairs, at or 816-654-7214.

    KCU is committed to the following community priorities:

    • Supporting organizations that share the University's mission and strategic goals
    • Addressing local community needs by supporting basic institutions and services within the Greater Kansas City area, especially for those in underserved populations
    • Supporting Kansas City's historic Northeast and the University's immediate neighborhood
    • Promoting the health and wellness of the Kansas City community

    Community Service Day

    At the start of each academic year, KCU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine introduces incoming medical students to their new community through a one-day, citywide community service project in the neighborhood surrounding the campus and beyond. More than 250 students, along with faculty and staff, join forces with area non-profit organizations at numerous project sites to benefit the lower-income residents of Kansas City, primarily those living within the Northeast Neighborhood where the University is located.

    Student Organizations and Volunteer Efforts

    Clubs and organizations offer KCU students with opportunities to become involved in extracurricular activities and further enrich student-life experiences through community service projects. Students exemplify the mission of the University through their outreach, maintain active involvement in local programs, participate in health fairs, and coordinate campus-wide awareness activities for worthy causes.

    Faculty and Staff Volunteer Opportunities

    The Helping Hands program is designed to offer KCU employees who are interested in serving non-profit organizations volunteer opportunities in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Log in to the intranet to view current volunteer opportunities.

    Community Garden and Park

    KCU’s Community Garden and Park, located on the south side of Independence Avenue, provides the University an opportunity to grow and share nutritious foods with underserved populations while reaffirming a commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles. Through collective gardening efforts, faculty, staff and students maintain garden beds, which includes planting, harvesting and donating fresh produce to those in need.

    Through partnerships with Score 1 for Health and community organizations, KCU provides opportunities for children from urban schools to participate in gardening efforts with the hope of building community within the surrounding neighborhood.

    KCU teams up with area non-profit organizations every year as part of our annual WE CARE Community Service Day. Get to know a few of this year's partners!

    City Union Mission

    Don Bosco Centers

    Gillis Center

    Grace United Ministries


    Heart to Heart International


    Northeast Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

    Police Athletic League (PAL)

    Ronald McDonald House Charities