SEEDS

Division of Student Life

Community Engagement (CE) Credit

Two units of Community Engagement (CE) credit can be earned to fulfill part of the Physical Education and Community Engagement (PEACE) requirement at Reed. Participating in community engagement promotes a healthy balance between academic and personal life, and fosters meaningful relationships between Reed and the Portland community.

SEEDS is excited to partner with a variety of local public agencies and nonprofit organizations to offer volunteer opportunities that satisfy the criteria for CE credit. All eligible and open positions are posted on Handshake as “CE Credit.” Examples include:

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Students can earn CE credit by volunteering for two hours or more per week with organizations that represent a variety of issue areas and types of engagement. Each opportunity entails different responsibilities, minimum hourly commitments, and minimum period of engagement.


In order to receive CE credit, students must follow attendence guidelines. If a shift is scheduled once per week, students can only miss one shift and still be eligible to receive CE credit. If a shift is scheduled to meet twice per week, students can only miss two shifts during the quarter.

You can track hours by emailing SEEDS Director, Tara Sonali Miller, by 3 p.m. on Mondays.

Frequently asked questions

How do I find opportunities for the CE Credit?

Search “SEEDS CE Credit” on Handshake or make an appointment with SEEDS staff.

How do I apply for CE Credit?

Once you have identified opportunities you’re interested in, follow the application instructions on Handshake. Note: You may not register for CE credit until you are officially selected by an organization. Once you are selected, complete this google form to register.

How long does it take to apply and get hired for a CE credit position?

It depends. The process can take anywhere from two weeks to two months, so we recommend applying early and applying for multiple opportunities. We also recommend emailing the contacts for the opportunities you’re interested in as soon as possible to confirm that they are still accepting applications. The Center for Life Beyond Reed can help you with applications, resumes, and cover letters!

How many quarters of CE can I do?

You can fulfill two of your six required PEACE credits through CE. Some host sites allow participation for only one quarter, while others require two quarters of participation. You may register for CE credit once you have fulfilled your first two quarters, but it will not count towards your six required PEACE credits.

Can I get paid for my CE hours if I’m FWS-eligible?

Federal Work Study students may not get paid for their CE hours. However, FWS-eligible students may earn wages for a different FWS position at the same organization from which they receive CE credit.

Can SEEDS @ Schools count for my CE credit?

Yes. However, as mentioned above, you may not get paid and get credit at the same time.

Can I get credit for volunteering with the same organization twice?

Yes. However, similar to PE credits, you can only earn one credit per quarter (two per semester).

Can I get a PE credit and a CE credit in the same quarter?

No, your six PEACE credits must be earned in different quarters.

Can I continue volunteering even after I finish my CE credit?

Yes. Please check with your host site.

Is there a maximum number of hours I can volunteer for a CE credit?

No. Please check with your host site.