• 15th Annual Cesar Chavez Service Fair: Thursday March 28; 11am to 2pm -  University Library Lawn

    15th Annual Cesar Chavez Service Fair

Unified We Serve: A Volunteer Program

Unified We Serve, the volunteer program at California State University, Northridge, is an opportunity offered by the Matador Involvement Center for students to participate in furthering their education through serving the community. Unified We Serve is a great avenue to begin the process of exploring your community and volunteer opportunities. Through volunteerism, you can expand and explore your interests and goals, learn and develop skills, and meet new people socially and professionally. As a volunteer you will gain the fulfillment of knowing that your time and energy will affect someone’s life.

Our Mission Statement: To unify students, faculty, staff, and community members together to provide the greatest amount of resources to better serve our community.

Our Objective: To advance and increase the number of CSUN volunteers committed to serving our community.

Our Values: Unified We Serve values inclusion in which all participants can take an active approach to creating solution-based practices. We value human-capital as our greatest asset in development of community projects to benefit our society. We value the interconnectedness of service, as the methodology for student development in which through the active practice of service, one gains as much as they give.

Our Belief: Unified We Serve believes that it is through connection and collaboration that we generate positive and productive change in our communities. Rather than serving in isolation of one another, by working together in service we can create sustainable results.

Every academic year Unified We Serve hosts two event categories:

Annual Events consist of events that take place at the same date and time every year. These events include:

  1. Matador's Day of Service
  2. Campus Drive
  3. Veteran's Letter Writing Campaign
  4. Adopt-A-Family for Thanksgiving
  5. Cesar Chavez Service Fair

Theme Events consist of events that take place around the focus theme for the semester or year. These are events that include:

  1. Unified We Serve direct service events
  2. Unified We Serve simulations
  3. Club & Organization hosted events
  4. Faculty & Staff hosted events

Get Involved with Unified We Serve

Unified We Serve provides students with multiple resources to engage in volunteerism. We host projects on and off campus and work with non-profit organization, to work as a collective group to give back.

Membership: All CSUN students, staff, and faculty are welcome to become a member of Unified We Serve. Become a member through Matasync by following 4 easy steps.

Step 1: Login on Matasync using CSUN ID

Step 2: Search for Unified We Serve

Step 3: Select Unified We Serve

Step 4: Click "JOIN"

Volunteer Opportunities: Events have consisted of clothing and food drives, providing holiday food baskets for families in need, themed projects, and fundraising walks. Visit our Events and Meetings page for upcoming events.

Recognition: Unified We Serve’s new volunteer recognition program, Matador Volunteer Service Award, honors individuals and clubs and organizations for serving their communities at large. By completing 25 hours of service, you will be recognized at our honorary ceremony!

Unified We Serve Press, Accomplishments, & Awards


Matadors Pitch In to Beautify Campus and Community
By Tara Artrian
Sept. 10, 2019

What Would Cesar Do? 10th Annual Service Fair Promotes Community Service
By Liezl Bitas
March 26, 2019

Matadors Celebrate Cesar Chavez with Service Fair
By Brandon Ilano 
March 29, 2018

Matadors Beautify CSUN at Third Annual Matadors Day of Service
By Natalie L. Camacho
Sept. 21, 2017

Celebrating Cesar Chavez’s Life Through Service
By Emily Olson
Apr. 4, 2016

CSUN's Unified We Serve Collects Food and Clothing for Local Families in Need
By Paul Amico
Nov. 23, 2015

CSUN Announces Second Annual Giving Tuesday Event
Nov. 20, 2015

CSUN Freshmen Make Difference in the Community
By Paul Amico
Sept. 3, 2015

Unified We Serve Collect Food and Clothes for Families in Need
By Andres Aguila
Nov. 20, 2011

Attendees of Free Steak Dinner Met with Surprise
By Braulio Campos
Nov. 3, 2011

Students Experience Poverty During Simulation with Unified We Serve
By Christopher Ho
Oct. 7, 2011

CSUN Commemorates César Chávez with Service Fair
By Juana Esquivel
March 30, 2011

Unified We Serve Partners with Campus Community to Collect Items for Donations
By Antoine Abou-Diwan
Nov. 17, 2010

Program Seeks to Combat Illiteracy with Book Drive
By Kristin Hirai
April 13, 2010

Concert at CSUN to Benefit Haiti
By Krista Daly
Feb. 2, 2010

Accomplishments & Awards

  • Recipient of the 2010 Association of College Unions International Service Award for Outstanding Service Project of the Year
  • Adopted an increasing number families for Thanksgiving between 2009 and 2011 (40 families in 2009; 70 families in 2010; 85 families in 2011)
  • Donation drive of clothing, food, toys and books that has exceeded a thousand items since 2009 (5,000 items in 2009; 15,000 items in 2010; 16,000 items in 2011)
  • Raised $4,500 for Haiti relief
  • Raised $25,000 for Autism research