Institute for Civic Engagement

About The Institute for Civic Engagement

The purpose of the Institute for Civic Engagement (ICE) is to encourage students to participate in meaningful civic actions, and to prepare our students for a lifetime of service to society as thoughtful, ethical and engaged citizens.  The concept of "meaningful civic actions" includes a wide range of activities by which students are engaged in the lives of their communities (including the college community, the community in which the College is embedded, and the national and international communities of which we are all a part).

Civic action includes service to the community, and it also includes participation in the political process through activities like voting, participation in traditional politics, and involvement in groups that advocate for change. 

What does the ICE have to offer you?

  • Community service opportunities located on the ICE bulletin board on the first floor of the Portsmouth Campus
  • A lengthy list of community partners that need help
  • Opportunities to gain leadership skills
  • The opportunity to work on issues that matter to you                 
  • Events designed to invigorate our participatory democratic system of governance

Why get involved?

  • Apply hands-on, practical experience that connects college learning with real life situations
  • Build your resume with experiences that will increase your employability
  • Explore career opportunities
  • See the world from different points of view
  • Gain life-long skills in citizenship and activism
  • Participate in helping the greater good

100 Hour Club

Great Bay Community College is proud to introduce the Institute for Civic Engagement’s 100 Hour Club. The Great Bay Community College Institute for Civic Engagement strives to increase outreach between the college and the greater seacoast community through voluntary civic engagement projects with people and places that need our help. The 100 Hour Club is an opportunity for Great Bay Community College students, faculty, and staff to complete 100 hours of community service during their time spent at GBCC. After you complete the 100 hours, you will be recognized at the Student Leadership Banquet in May of the year completed, and your name will be added to a plaque displayed in Student Life.

Here is how it works!

  • Find and attend community service events in the community (see below for approved activities)
  • Bring the ICE Tracking Sheet (located on the ICE bulletin board outside of Student Life) with you and have it signed by the person who is running the event before you leave
  • Continue volunteering at events over the course of your time at GBCC until you have completed 100 hours

It’s that simple! Open to all students, faculty, and staff: you’re free to choose which events to volunteer your time to, and the best part is there’s no deadline.

Community Service is volunteering time to:

  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Mentoring
  • Hospitals, hospice, nursing homes
  • Church activities
  • 4-H, animal shelters
  • Libraries
  • Environmental projects

And many more!

Community Service is not:

  • Making donations (clothing, food, blood, etc.)
  • Raising funds
  • Participating in walks/runs/triathlons
  • Receiving money for work completed (including tips)

Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet

For more information contact the Institute for Civic Engagement at