University of Minnesota Day of Service


Day of Service strives to engage U of M alumni and friends in service to their community through one big day of service and gratitude. Since 2014, close to half a million alumni from across the world, students and others have had the opportunity to serve their communities at various volunteer sites and display their school pride.

3666 hours served since 2016

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$90K total impact since 2016

152% increase

organizations we've served

Action Civics CA

Adam's Place
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Alexandra House

American Brain Tumor Association


Bolder Options

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada

Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program

Charles River Conservancy

City of St. Paul

Crenshaw High School
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Crescent Cove

Dakota County

Feed My Starving Children

Food and Friends

Food Bank of the Rockies

Goodwill Easter Seals

Great River Greening

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Hall International Elementary

Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy
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Horses Help

House of Charity

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

Minnesota Enviromental Fund

Miracle League of AZ

Mississippi Park Connection

Northeast Middle School

Northern Illinois Food Bank
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Open Arms


Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Hunger Task Force

Run for Rocco

Sabathani Community Center

Second Harvest Heartland West

Second Harvest of Metrolina

SF Marine Food Bank

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
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St. Anthony's Foundation

St. Catherine of Siena

St. Paul Parks & Recreation

The Bakken Museum

The Cookie Cart

The Food Group

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Village

The Works Museum
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Twin Cities Kids In Need Resource Center

University YMCA

Urban Ventures

VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System

Van Cortlandt Park

Westside Food Bank

Day of Service Photos

See pictures of all the great service work done in 2017 and 2018 !

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can participate in U of M Day of Service?

A. Everyone is welcome to join us for U of M Day of Service. Whether you are alumni, student, staff or a friend of the University of Minnesota, you are invited to participate alongside your Gopher family!

Q. I don't see any group volunteer sites near me. How do I participate?

A. No worries, you can always sign up for an independent project. Simply find a volunteer opportunity in your community and register your independent project with us. Don’t forget to use #UMNDayofService so we can see what you are up to on the day of.

Q. What if I am not available to volunteer on U of M Day of Service?

A. There are many ways to give. If you are not able to volunteer on Day of Service consider making a gift here. Or join us next year. U of M Day of Service is an annual tradition.

Q. I am interested in hosting a group site. What do I need to do?

A. If you are interested in hosting a group site, contact Director of National Engagement Kablia Thao at

Q. If a site is hosted by a specific college within the U that I did not attend, can I still volunteer at that site?

A. Yes, all sites are open to all volunteers. Hosted sites give volunteers an opportunity to connect with their college if they are unsure of what site to choose. However, you are welcome to volunteer at any of the available sites.

Q. May children participate?

A. Some sites have restrictions on youth volunteers due to safety. If a site has restrictions we will note as such in the details for a site. We do our very best to include a variety of sites so even our youngest Gophers can volunteer.


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