Days of Service
Campus-Wide Days of Service
- Fresh START Day of Service
Fresh START Day of Service is one of Penn State's largest days of service, designed for incoming first-year, change-of-campus, transfer students. and world campus students who are new to the University Park campus. The primary goals of Fresh START are:
- Introduce new students to the many service and civic engagement opportunities available in the State College community as well as organizations at Penn State students can become a part of
- Help students build new friendships with other students transitioning to Penn State
- Get students engaged with involvement at Penn State and in the community, all while having FUN!
Fresh START Day of Service encourages new students to “get rooted” in service opportunities in Happy Valley and within student organizations, that they can then engage with throughout their academic careers at Penn State. Our hope is that, through Fresh START, new students will develop a passion for giving back to the community and will continue to engage in service and civic engagement throughout their lives.
Fresh START 2020 will take place virtually on September 2nd, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This event, while different than our typical in-person day of service, will still offer an interactive space for students to connect, learn about the local community, and take part in a service event – all on an online platform to prioritizing the health and safety of our community.
To learn more and to register, click here.
Typical Fresh START Schedule:
- 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.: Check in outside of Alumni Hall in the HUB-Robeson Center
- 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: Lunch & Team Building Activities
- 11:45 a.m.: Begin Dismissing to Community Partner Sites
- 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Volunteering with Community Partners
- 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Treats & Service Organization Fair to learn more about how to get involved
BE SURE TO WEAR CLOSED-TOE SHOES AS WELL AS CLOTHING THAT YOU ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT GETTING DIRTY! For Participating you will receive FREE Lunch, FREE Snacks, a FREE T-shirt, and a FREE Water Bottle.
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
The MLK, Jr. Day of Service takes place each year nationally on Martin Luther King Day in January. This Day of Service is hosted by the Dr. MLK, Jr. Commemoration Committee and the Office of Student Activities. It is designed to engage students in their community and to answer the Dr. King quote;
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Summer Day of Service
Summer Day of Service occurs each summer during the month of June and brings together students who are here for the summer (many from the LEAP program for incoming students) to engage with the local community and do something meaningful over the summer break.