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.
organizations we've served
Gardening with Urban Ventures
American Brain Tumor Association
Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada
Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program
Charles River Conservancy
City of St. Paul
Crenshaw High School
Baking Cookies at the Cookie Cart
Feed My Starving Children
Food and Friends
Food Bank of the Rockies
Goodwill Easter Seals
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Hall International Elementary
Hennepin County Department of Environment and Energy
Packing Food at Westside Food Bank
Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association
Minnesota Enviromental Fund
Mississippi Park Connection
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Second Harvest Heartland West
Second Harvest of Metrolina
Volunteering with American Brain Tumor Association
SF Marine Food Bank
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
St. Anthony's Foundation
St. Catherine of Siena
The Bakken Museum
The Cookie Cart
The Food Group
Painting at Southern Poverty Law Center
The Greater Boston Food Bank
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Van Cortlandt Park
Westside Food Bank
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.