Doing What Matters

Carnegie Mellon students seek to impact communities in Pittsburgh and abroad

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At Carnegie Mellon University, we know that being a leader requires that we make an impact beyond our campus. Each year, our students contribute to research and innovation here on campus while also enriching local and global communities.

Students have opportunities to serve students the minute they step foot on campus.

Carnegie Mellon students engage in global service efforts as well. Each November, Carnegie Mellon hosts Rise Against Hunger. In a single day, members of our community package over 150,000 meals for distribution worldwide. Our students are doing their part in the fight to end global hunger by 2030.

One organization making waves in our campus community is Alpha Phi Omega. APO raises money by hosting concessions at Carnegie Mellon football games and Spring Carnival and volunteers with a variety of local organizations. As a whole, Carnegie Mellon's Greek community has raised more than $200,000 over two years for Camp Kesem, an organization that supports children who've lost a parent to cancer.

Our student organizations also host events that benefit the Pittsburgh community, such as the Donut Dash. Competitors run a mile, eat six donuts and then run a second mile in support of the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Donut Dash participants raised over $200,000 last fall, and the event is open to the entire Pittsburgh community.

SLICE also works with student organizations to plan international service trips during Spring Break. Last year, a group of students traveled to Nicaragua in collaboration with Global Medical Brigades. They collected over 50,000 worth of medication to distribute and, in partnership with UPMC’s Eye and Ear Institute, processed over 1000 pairs of glasses. Around the the world, Carnegie Mellon students have staffed medical clinics, taught in orphanages, worked with local business leaders and community members on business development and much more.

At Carnegie Mellon, service is just another way that we do what matters.