Make a Difference for a Cause

Whether you're looking to give back one day or participate in a year-long community project, the options are endless!


GivePulse is a community of volunteers, civic leaders, professionals and other service-learning students striving to make an impact by becoming catalysts for social change. By signing up you can find volunteer opportunities to do service in our local Miami community. GivePulse also enables you to log your community service hours, which you can put towards our Civic Engagement Medallion of Distinction! Visit GivePulse to get started.

To start your profile, click ‘Sign Up’ and use the ‘Single Sign On’ option and use your FIU credentials.

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks offers students the opportunity to travel during Spring and winter break to perform volunteer work. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue. Alternative Breaks (aB) is FIU's largest, award-winning service learning program that allows students to experience diverse cultures and environments around the world where they can create unforgettable memories and long-term friendships.

Alternative Breaks is managed by the Center for Leadership and Service.

Relay for Life

FIU Relay for Life is a unique overnight celebration of life and hope that one day we will find a cure for cancer. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. No matter who you are, there's a place for you at Relay.


Roarthon, FIU’s Dance Marathon, is a year-long fundraising campaign ending in a 17-hour celebration. All the funds raised benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program at Miami Children's Hospital Foundation, the fundraising arm of Nicklaus Children's Hospital. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals throughout North America. Since 1985, Nicklaus has been the only Children's Miracle Network Hospital in South Florida. Over 300 students participate in the 17-hour fundraiser that takes an entire year and a committee of 50 plus students to plan and activate. Roarthon was established in 1997 as Dance Marathon at FIU, raising only $9,000 its first year. Since then, Roarthon has raised over one million dollars with all the proceeds directly benefitting the children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

Support the Student Food Pantry

Did you know students can volunteer at the student food pantries? Volunteers tasks include assisting students and dispensing food, weighing donations and organizing the shelves. You can also make food and/or toiletries donation. Learn more on their website.

The Student Food Pantry is managed by the Center for Leadership and Service.

Student Food Pantry

Civic engagement

Civic engagement can be defined as citizens working together to make a change or difference in the community. Civic engagement includes communities working together in both political and non-political actions. The goal of civic engagement is to address public concerns and promote the quality of the community.

  • Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE)

    The Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) program promotes student development through engaged citizenship and democratic participation. 

    Is your current voter registration up to date? Are you planning to vote in Florida? Registering to vote just got easier! In January 2015, state Sen. Jeff Clemens filed Senate Bill 228 to create an online voter registration system. Florida's Governor Rick Scott passed this bill into a law in May 2015. Almost two years later, Florida residents are now able to register online and all you need is your Florida state driver's license or state I.D.

    Visit, and you'll be registered to vote in no time!


  • Engagement Week

    Engagement Week is designed to promote awareness of the impact that civic and democratic involvement can have in local, national, and global communities. Resource and Volunteer Fairs, panel discussions, dynamic speakers, and philanthropic as well as service projects are among the activities provide opportunities for local leaders and FIU students to learn more about challenges in their communities. In the past, we've collaborated with different programs and FIU offices to produce cooking demos, voter registration drives, and discussions. 

  • Voter Friendly Campus

    FIU was designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus.”  The Voter Friendly Campus initiative is led by national nonpartisan organizations, Campus Vote Project (CVP) and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. More information about the designation can be found at To see more about how FIU received this honor visit this FIU News article.

Community service opportunities

The FIU Day of Service is your opportunity to get up, get out, and do something! FIU Day of Service is hosted on Make a Difference Day on the fourth Saturday in October every year. Join your Panther family and millions of people across the United States as we volunteer and perform projects for our community, for individuals in need and for charitable organizations.

Natural disaster assistance

As natural disasters happen throughout the world, this page provides information for those wanting to help. From hurricanes to volcanic eruptions - no matter where they occur - there are always many different ways you can assist those affected.