Community Involvement

Brings out the best in us

At St. Ambrose, you're more than just a student, you're also an important part of the Quad Cities community. Perhaps the best part of your college education is learning how you truly can make a difference and become a positive agent of change.

Service at SAU

Uplifting dance moves

The SAU Dance Marathon team is one of our many student Community Service success stories. Hard work and planning by hundreds of SAU students raised more than $1 million dollars for The Children’s Miracle Network and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital!

SAU Dance Marathon

Making a Difference

students cleaning

Our students typically give more than 178,000 service hours each year to volunteer projects here and across the world.

Service to Others

students working

Learning to Be the Change

In Fall 2016, several First-year students united in a learning community that focused on "Be the Change: Learning and Serving in the Community and World."

They also served as mentors to elementary students at Rock Island Academy in Rock Island, Illinois, and teens at Glenview Middle School in East Moline, Illinois.

Learning Communities

Taking Ambrosian Service on the Road

Many SAU students exchanged their time for a traditional spring break trip in 2017 and traveled across the country to serve various communities, families, and the environment.​

Learn what they did

Bee the Difference
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Our students make an impact on campus and in the community! In 2018, more than 600 took part in Bee the Difference Day. It is an annual volunteer event coordinated by SGA in which our students help 120 campus neighbors get their homes and yards ready for winter. It is work, fun, and so rewarding.

Community Programs

While many good things happen in our classrooms and on our campus, St. Ambrose University students, alumni, faculty and staff are part of making good things happen in the Quad Cities community.


During a typical academic year, Ambrose students volunteer more than 178,000 service hours to local projects and organizations ranging from the campus Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America chapter to building a house for a local family, raking a neighbor's yard, and helping the disabled experience waterskiing.

Students coordinate semi-annual campus blood drives and raise funds for organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and Scott County Special Olympics. They also take service trips to places that include:

  • Inner-city Chicago
  • East St. Louis
  • Appalachia
  • New Orleans
  • India
  • Ecuador
  • Ireland

Every Ambrose athletics team completes at least three service projects a year, often with community youth. Each Christmas, student-athletes deliver gifts and play Santa for children at Madison Elementary School. Other teams serve dinner once a month at a local soup kitchen and host local school children on campus to teach them a sport.

Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff share their skills and talents through board service and volunteer activities. At least half of our faculty members serve on at least one community board or advisory committee, and almost 10% serve on four or more. Almost two-thirds volunteer for a community organization.

Overall, service by Ambrose faculty and staff has assisted 114 different organizations, including:

  • CASI
  • Hand in Hand
  • Rebuilding Quad Cities Together
  • Davenport East Little League
  • Camp Shalom
  • Scott County Regional Authority
  • Local churches
  • School Boards
  • Parent-teacher organizations

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!