Service & Alt. Breaks


Wilks is committed to developing the service and leadership capacity of Miami students so that they may serve as agents of change through reciprocal partnerships, civic learning, and community-engaged leadership. Students involved with service programming with the Wilks Institute will participate in workshops, programs, outreach, and service designed to discuss social issues and strengthen communities.

Community Connect

ComMUnity Connect is Miami University’s new tool for the promotion, management, and tracking of volunteer opportunities in our region. We believe this new tool will increase levels of community engagement in Southwest Ohio and provide us with a more accurate picture of how we are impacting our communities together as nonprofits and educational institutions.

ComMUnity Connect amplifies the community’s voices by providing a platform for nonprofits to promote their needs and volunteer opportunities.

ComMUnity Connect is a product of Galaxy Digital.

Get Started with ComMUnity Connect

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should STUDENTS use ComMUnity Connect?

  • To identify volunteer opportunities for yourself on an ongoing basis (opportunities are posted all the time, so check back often).
  • To find a community-based project for a course you are enrolled in (only if prompted by your professor)
  • To plan and sign up for a student organization team-building project
  • To connect with organizations and identity public challenges aligned with your passions
  • To challenge your preconceived notions about yourself & the world
  • To practice professional skills you are trying to develop
  • To track your personal volunteer hours or your organization’s volunteer hours

Why should FACULTY & STAFF use ComMUnity Connect?

  • To identify volunteer opportunities for yourself
  • To identify potential Service-Learning projects for your course
  • To connect with organizations and identify public challenges aligned with your research agenda
  • To plan and sign up for an office/departmental team-building project
  • To refer students to transformational learning opportunities
  • To find service projects to incorporate within programs or events that your office/department is responsible for implementing
  • To track your own or your students’ volunteer hours, and more...

How to Access ComMUnity Connect

  • Go to
  • This link is also available on under ComMUnity Connect and volunteer opportunities.
  • Log in with your Miami credentials.
  • Begin volunteering!

Quick How-To Videos and Articles for Miami Users

If you are having some difficulty navigating the website, here is a list of videos put together by Galaxy Digital, the software company. Please note that there may be some aesthetic differences between their general page and our custom page, but all the functionality is the same.

Alternative Breaks

Are you ready to do something meaningful with your alternative break? Alternative breaks trips are a great opportunity for students to choose to do something meaningful with their break by participating in 30+ hours of service and learning about their trip’s particular social justice topic. Alternative breaks invites students to learn, serve, and grow as an active citizen over their break. Alternative break participants engage in meaningful service reflection around their trip’s theme, and build long-lasting communities with other students and their community partners.

This year's trips will take place from March 21 to March 28, 2020. The social justice themes are: 

  • Education Inequality in St. Louis, MO 
  • Poverty and Food Insecurity in Chicago, IL
  • >Environmental Justice outside Chattanooga, TN

All trips cost $150, which covers food, lodging, and transportation. Participants will be responsible to cover the cost of their own housing on or off campus for one to two nights depending on the specific arrival and departure times of their trip. Financial aid is available!

Don't wait, apply now! The application will remain open until February 9, 2020.  If you have any questions, please email the Wilks Institute at or Grace Hymel at

Alternative Breaks is a proud member of Break Away, the national organization supporting the development of quality alternative break programs.