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. Transportation is provided. Sign up!

For questions, contact Katie Penny in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2524.

Spring 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.

February 7- Victory Project - prepare their new facility so that they can continue providing after-school programs and mentoring to disengaged young men

February 21- K12 - assist in classes with children, prep art materials, or help with their community project

March 14- Life Enrichment Center - either serve a meal to the less fortunate or help with facility related tasks

March 28- United Rehabilitation Services - help meet the needs of infants, children, and adults with disabilities or special needs

April 11- Grow with your Neighbor - maintain Dayton's community parks and gardens

April 18- Mission of Mary Farm - urban farming for a local neighborhood


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 Katie Penny at pennyk1@udayton.edu. She 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 reflection led by your student leader. The times for these have already been incorporated into the times listed for each project!

Contact Us

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

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