Community Service

All Honors College students must complete at least 20 volunteer service hours per academic year (fall/spring).  

An important part of being a member of the Honors College is demonstrating leadership by serving the extended community.

The best way to be involved is by working with the City of Sweetwater via our unique Honors College-Sweetwater Partnership. Opportunities there include tutoring, working with the Senior Citizens’ Center, offering citizenship classes, and helping the Li’l Abner Foundation’s work with children.

Other opportunities include working with virtually any non-profit organization and campus fundraising projects.

For more information, contact the Coordinator of Student Programs at 305-348-4100.

To document your community service hours, log onto MyHonors.

Volunteer hours DO NOT count toward the 20 citizenship points.


Sweetwater Partnership

Sweetwater Farm-Share Initiative: Honors College students Volunteer in food collection, packaging, and distribution. This is a yearly/ongoing project.


Special Events Volunteering Efforts: Students volunteer during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other special events throughout the year

Festival/Event Sponsorship and Management: Honors College students have participated in various festivals and events such the University City festival.


House Painting Initiative: Students volunteered on an initiative that was forwarded by the Mayor’s office to paint houses of elderly and less fortunate.


Sweetwater Elementary After School Tutoring: Honors College students volunteer as after school tutors at Sweetwater Elementary. We have also worked on various projects and initiatives.




Honors College Bus tour hosted by the City of Sweetwater: Ongoing initiative that introduces students to the city of Sweetwater.


City of Sweetwater Internships: Honors College Students have held various internships positions. Two Honors College alums are working at the Mayor’s Office. The City and the Honors College are working closely to expand our internship pool.

The Honors College has also dedicated a class that does community outreach as part of its curriculum: IDH 3034-4007 by Dr. Cecile Houry titled: Engaged Research in Community Through Honors (ENRICH).

City of Sweetwater and the Honors College highlighted our partnership at the FIU Homecoming Weekend. City of Sweetwater sent its trolley and two special squad cars to march with our students.