The Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement was established in 2006, as a vision of Alvernia's future and how the students' coursework and co-curriculum should embrace and reflect the mission and values of the University.


Career Development  

The Office of Career Development provides opportunities for students to build their professional and job-search skills; interact with employers and recruiters; discuss their educational and career paths; apply for work-study opportunities across campus; assess their work and co-curricular experiences and identify transferable skills; and participate in the job-search process.

For more information in regards to Student Employment please visit the Career Development Office, located in Bernardine Hall Room 103.


Global Learning 

The Office of Global Engagement presents students with the opportunity to engage in new cultures while studying abroad, enroll in courses that provide a new understanding and leave the world in which they are familiar.


Sustainability Initiatives

  • Bog Turtle Creek Farm is a program designed to make healthy, fresh produce available to families in the City of Reading, including those who utilize government programs such as WIC and SNAP to purchase their food.  Alvernia Students manage the farm and the produce that is sold each Friday during the Summer at the Penn Street Market.  This is the only Farmer's Market in the Berks County area that currently accepts SNAP.

  • Environmental Education Programs that help facilitate hands-on learning for children of all ages, with sustainability events such as the Earth Day Festival and EcoFun Day.


Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement

Upcoming Days of Service
Upcoming Service Days are currently postponed due to COVID-19. Please visit for Alvernia's latest updates.

Outreach Programs

The Bernardine Hall lounge is a casual study spot.
South Reading Youth Initiative
Promoting continued education, mentoring & support for healthy choices in children who live in the South Reading area.
Reading Collegiate Scholars Program
Increasing high school graduation & college attendance rates in Reading, while ensuring the successes of those Reading students attending Alvernia.
Student volunteer reading at Millmont Elementary
Foster Grandparent Program
Providing valuable aid to youth with special and exceptional needs, this program provides a way for volunteers aged 55+ to stay active by serving the youth in their communities. 
Student volunteer at Millmont Elementary
Community Service
Community service has its roots deeply embedded in the foundation of Alvernia University and is central to the mission of our Catholic, Franciscan institution.  Service provides students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to help those in need and to support local non-profit organizations.

All Alvernia students must perform 40 hours of community service before being certified for graduation.  Transfer students community service hours are based on remaining Alvernia credits required; transfer students should consult with the Registrar of the Holleran Center for their requirements.
Student Studying in Berardine Hall Lounge
Real World Learning Award
These competitive awards support student participation in:
•Study Away Experiences
•Non-domestic Service Learning or Alternative Breaks
•Undergraduate research
Student volunteer at Millmont Elementary
Service Learning
Service to others is deeply embedded in Alvernia University’s Franciscan heritage and remains an important part of our educational mission today. Our goal is to develop not just educated citizens, but engaged citizens actively involved in work to better their communities and the larger world.
Contact Information
Located on Alvernia's main campus at 400 Saint Bernardine Street in Reading in Bernardine Hall, Suite 102.

Please contact us at 610-790-1925 or by e-mail at

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

*For evening hours, please contact Brittney Pettis at for an appointment.

Correspondence may be sent to The Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement,
400 Saint Bernardine Street, Reading, PA 19607