Through the Office of Research and Community Engagement the Honors Educational Reach Out (HERO) programs offers multiple unique opportunities at more than 10 different nonprofit organizations and Title I schools for UCF students to engage in the Central Florida community. We aim to rectify the disparity of student involvement in communities and to foster the importance of building well-rounded students. This experience and opportunity will improve leadership skills, elevate students to become engaged citizens of the community and engage in diverse populations. Our goal is to ignite community responsibility within our students and impact the communities we serve.


  • Honors Educational Reach Out I (HERO I) program encourages UCF students to engage in one-time or short-term volunteer opportunities and events at local nonprofit organizations and under-served schools in the Central Florida community. 
  • Honors Educational Reach Out II (HERO II) program provides a platform for UCF students to engage in more structured land long-term projects designed to offer after school and weekend educational enrichment activities based on needs identified by community partners and organizations. 

HERO Volunteer Programs by Area

Education: Tutor and mentor children in Orange County schools
Cheney After School Program, Jackson Underserved Math Program (JUMP), Page 15, and Read 2 Succeed 

Environment: Make Orlando cleaner, greener, and more beautiful
Green HEROs

Health/Wellness: Assist healthcare organizations in providing a nurturing environment for patients
Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), Shepherd's Hope 

Homelessness/Poverty: Work to alleviate issues faced by families and individuals living in poverty
HEROs Help the Homeless, HOPE Helps, Inc. 

Legal/Dependency System: Advocate for a child in the dependency system alongside an attorney 

Guardian ad Litem: Volunteer Advocates for Children

For more information contact the HERO Coordinator at orce@ucf.edu. For questions or to sign up for any of the community engagement/volunteer opportunities click here