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 – 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 Julianne Evans in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern at 937-229-2524 or

Upcoming 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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Dates for this fall will be:

  • September 29:  Mission of Mary Farm: Join us for a few hours at an urban farm in East Dayton to experience how food equity is being addressed in Dayton.  Sign Up

October 20:  Life Enrichment Center: Serve with a local non-profit that aims to provide people with practical programming, education opportunities, and meals. Life Enrichment Center focuses on mental, physical, and spiritual health.  Sign Up

October 27:   
Join Hands Miami Valley & United Way: Volunteer with the whole Dayton community this weekend, as Join Hands Miami Valley is one of the largest weekends for service in the area. As part of National Make A Difference Day, we will be working with United Way of Greater Dayton to serve with our neighbors.   Sign Up

November 3, Two Locations:
Compassion First:  Volunteers will help guests from the Dayton area that come to Compassion First for assistance by helping them find personal items, clothes, and other gently used household items.   Sign Up
Victory Project: Learn about a non-profit that offers a safe place for teenage boys after school and help them prepare for their next open house by cleaning and organizing the facility.   Sign Up

November 10:   Thanksgiving baskets: Volunteers will be helping to organize and sort donated food from the Thanksgiving Drive. They will also be learning about homelessness in the Dayton area.   Sign Up

Sign Up

Please sign up for each SERVICE Saturday you are interested in by clicking on the corresponding link above 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 Julianne Evans at She 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.


Campus Ministry's Center for Social Concern

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