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SERVICE Saturdays

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 in – 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 Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2524 or cscoutreach@udayton.edu.

SERVICE Saturday Leadership Team

The Center for Social Concern needs your gifts! We invite you to apply for the SERVICE Saturday leadership team. Six to ten undergraduate students each semester have the opportunity to serve, learn, and grow as members of this team. Team members benefit by gaining valuable leadership experience, meeting new people in the UD and Dayton communities, learning about Dayton and organizations committed to serving its citizens, and developing reflective and group facilitation skills.  Team members are also recognized at an end-of-the-semester appreciation meal.

Leading SERVICE Saturdays is a rewarding and engaging experience! Check back to see when applications are being accepted.

Upcoming 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.

NOTE: your device must be logged into your Porches account in order to access registration forms

Fall 2022 Service Saturdays are scheduled for:
  • September 17: MEEC (Marianist Environmental Education Center) or Learning Tree Farm
  • October 8: We Care Arts or Life Enrichment Center 
  • October 29: TBD
  • November 19: St. Vincent de Paul or MEEC (Marianist Environmental Education Center)
  • December 3: St. Vincent de Paul

Visit us on the Center for Social Concern GivePulse page for more information and to register. 

Sign Up

Visit us on the Center for Social Concern GivePulse page to register. 

If you are interested in bringing a group of individuals on a SERVICE Saturday, each group member must fill out the online form. To reserve spots for your group, email the Center for Social Concern at cscoutreach@udayton.edu. You will be able to reserve those spots for a 24 hour period.

Before you go...

Meeting location: If not otherwise stated, meet outside Liberty Hall.

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

Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

Liberty Hall
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0408
937.229.2524
CSC Website