What are SERVICE Saturdays?

One person can make a difference; a group of people can make an even bigger difference!

SERVICE Saturdays are Social, Enriching, Rewarding, Valuable, Inspiring, Community-oriented and Effective. They are a way to make a difference in our local community while engaging with our Dayton neighbors and with other UD students and reflecting on the positive difference you are making in the world. There is something for everyone to get involved – the activities range from preparing and serving lunches at area shelters to building a house, from cleaning up a local park to sorting clothes at various clothing centers. A reflection lunch follows with free food and engaging conversation. Transportation is provided. Sign up!

For questions, contact Tim Fasano in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2524 or cscoutreach@udayton.edu.

Fall Semester Dates and Projects

SERVICE Saturdays include a volunteering project in the morning and a post-service reflection with a free lunch directly following the service. Most Saturdays, you should expect to meet at 8:30am and finish with the lunch around 2:00pm.

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September 10th: Mission of Mary Farm- Mission of Mary Farm is an urban farming initiative that aims to work for food and economic justice in the Dayton community.  Sign up now

October 1st: Garden Station- Garden Station is an art park and community garden in downtown Dayton that features murals, sculpture, community garden plots, concerts, bonfires, drum circles, festivals, markets, movies and more! We will be assisting them at their site, helping with tasks that will be a great support to the organization. Sign up now

October 22nd: Join Hands Miami ValleyAs part of the join hands Miami Valley initiative, and partnering with United Way, we will be assisting with beautification of vacant lots along Riverview in  the City of Dayton. Sign up now

November 5th: Life Enrichment Center- The Life Enrichment Center serves as a catalyst for community change by creating an environment of grace that offers life building, sustaining services to those in need. Sign up here

November 12UD, Thanksgiving Baskets—Sorting donations for the Thanksgiving food drive in conjunction to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness. NOTE: we have two available sessions! The first runs from 9 AM- 12 PM and the second session runs from 12-4 PM


Sign Up

Please sign up for each SERVICE Saturday you are interested in by clicking on the corresponding link and filling out a short application. After completing the online portion, you must come to Liberty Hall 107 to sign a Volunteer Agreement Form within the next day of filling out the online form.

If you are interested in bringing a group of individuals on a SERVICE Saturday, each group member must fill out the online form AND come to Liberty Hall 107 to sign the Volunteer Agreement Form. To reserve spots for your group, email Tim Fasano at cscoutreach@udayton.edu. He will be able to reserve those spots for a 24 hour period.

Before you go..

Meeting location

Time: Please check your email messages on Friday afternoon to make sure time has not changed.

Transportation: Van rides provided unless on campus or within walking distance of campus.

Leader: You will have a trained student leader with your group. This person will be your driver and will lead orientation and reflection. This person will contact you several days before the project about other details.

Weather: Some projects are outdoors. In the case of bad weather, we will contact you ASAP (email if on Friday, cell phone if on Saturday) to let you know about changes. In some cases we will find an alternative project; in other cases we will have to cancel.

Who to contact if problems or questions arise: You can contact the Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2524 up until 4pm on Friday. After that, please contact your student leader (you will receive this information before the project date).

NO Cancellations within 24 hours!!! Unless ill, please do not cancel within 24 hours of your project time. Our community agencies are counting on us and the number of volunteers we agreed to send them!

Waiting List: Each project site can only take so many students. If you sign up and there are no more slots available, you will be placed on a waiting list in case other students have to cancel.

What to wear/bring: Most sites require long pants, closed toed shoes, and suggest bringing water. There may be other requirements—please check online and your email messages before you arrive!

Other information: Before the project there will be a short orientation and training. After the project there will be a lunch reflection in the SERVICE Saturday special interest house led by your leaders. The times for these have already been incorporated into the times listed for each project. When one signs up for SERVICE Saturday, one signs up for both the service project and reflection lunch.

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall 107 
300 College Park Ave. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408