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Community Service

Picture of the Merced Theatre tower at night


You have come to UC Merced to study and learn but giving back to our community is crucial. Whatever your interests and hobbies, there are plenty of opportunities to find something that appeals to you and your talents.

Volunteer with local crisis centers, animal shelters, food banks, support groups and other non-profit agencies. Alternatively, you can contact your local representatives and attend city or county meetings to contribute to the community.

At the UC Merced Office of Student Life (OSL), staff support student initiatives and events. For more information about community service activities and outreach opportunities, contact the Office of Student Life: Civic Leadership.

Know of other opportunities to get involved locally? Let us know! Email GSA at


Connect with local children and youth

Work with local students: One of UC Merced's main goals is to connect with local students of all ages, and work with groups to promote education in the Central Valley. Currently, there are several opportunities to work with students from elementary to high school in our local community. 

Weekly commitments: Tutor elementary or middle school students on reading, science and school projects.

Work with the Boys and Girls Club of Merced!

One-time opportunities: Present your research to local high school students. What are you doing? Why does it matter to our region and the world? How did you get to where you are today?

Contact our Community Outreach Officer at for more information!


Local government

The Merced City Council holds meetings each month in the Council Chambers located in the Civic Center, Second Floor.

The Merced County Board of Supervisors meets weekly in Board Chambers. For more information on your representatives, topics under consideration, and archived and upcoming agendas, check out their websites.

Contact the Merced City Council or the Merced County Board of Supervisors at:

Merced City Council

Contact: City of Merced
678 West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Merced County Board of Supervisors

Chief Deputy Board Clerk
2222 M St.
Merced, CA  95340

If you are interested in learning more about regional planning and transportation in the county, look into the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) with the Merced County Association of Governments (MCAG). The CAC is composed of 17 appointed citizens, who provide recommendations to the MCAG Board on aspects of space planning, funding allocation, and transit. Meeting minutes and agendas can be found at  Applications to sit on the CAC can also be submitted at the website.