Through your ASCE membership, you can contribute your skills to those in need and volunteer with Community Engineering Corps (CECorps). CECorps works collaboratively with communities to design solutions to problems that the community has identified. CECorps only partners with communities that do not have the financial resources to access engineering resources in a traditional manner.
- Lend your technical expertise to communities – provide technical reviews of project deliverables
- Form or join a project team through your ASCE Section, Branch or Institute Chapter – work with underserved communities on improvement projects
- Mentor student groups – guide university-based student chapters in the technical aspects of their community projects
Questions? Please email [email protected].
What's in my backyard?
Educational resources to build community relationships and advance local infrastructure solutions
The “What’s in My Backyard?” (WIMBY) educational resources seek to equip volunteers with professional non-technical skills and tools, which includes six online learning modules. Each episode builds on the previous and includes videos, guided discussion topics and activities, and supporting materials. These resources enable volunteers to create awareness of the CECorps program process and successfully identify and carry out local engineering and infrastructure projects.
The learning modules are:
- Learn About CECorps – Start here to gain an overall understanding of CECorps
- Volunteer With CECorps – Learn more about volunteering with CECorps and determine your volunteer readiness.
- Expand Your Awareness – Discover ways to be aware of how others live and celebrate their culture. Utilize resources to work collaboratively.
- Define Your Backyard – Determine where you would like to volunteer and learn how to connect with potential underserved communities in your area.
- Build New Relationships – Develop soft skills to build relationships with identified communities.
- Make It Official – Understand how to set up your team for success. Delve into the CECorps framework.
This is a great opportunity for Sections/Branches, Institute Chapters, Younger Member Groups, Student Chapters, and individual members to learn more about the CECorps process, gain skills to work successfully with underserved communities and identify potential local projects.
Made possible with funding by the United Engineering Foundation.
In February 2014, ASCE launched the Community Engineering Corps (CECorps), an exciting alliance with Engineers Without Borders USA and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). CECorps harnesses the strengths and expertise of thousands of volunteers, from these three premier engineering organizations, by providing pro bono engineering services that address the infrastructure needs of underserved communities in the United States. Learn about CECorps' impact.
Community Engineering Corps brings underserved communities and volunteers together to advance local engineering solutions.
All communities in the United States have the infrastructure they need to thrive.