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Annual Days of Service



Throughout the semester, participate in both large and small service projects with the A_Lab’s Center for Civic Engagement. These projects provide great ways to explore diverse communities, make new friends, give back, and fulfill the Oglethorpe creed’s directive to make a difference.

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Major Days of Service

Campus-wide Days of Service happen a few times each school year. These major days of service fall in the following months:

  • August – Orientation Day of Service
  • January – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • April – Alumni Weekend Day of Service

To learn more about these major days of service, read below!

Orientation Day of Service during Freshman Orientation in August

Each fall, the entire incoming freshman class volunteers at locations across Atlanta for Orientation Day of Service. Freshman are required to participate in this day of service, but all students are invited to join! Students are placed at locations based on their Compass advising group. This past year, nearly 300 students served at 17 sites across the city.

MLK, Jr. Day of Service in January

For MLK, Jr. Day of Service, students volunteer in recognition of Dr. King’s legacy and the federal holiday’s encouragement to spend a “day on, not a day off.” This past year, volunteers logged a total of 260 hours of service with the Westside Volunteer Corps. The Corps works with more than 60 nonprofit agencies to positively impact education, housing, and health and wellness in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhoods.

Alumni Weekend Day of Service in April

To cap off the academic year, students and alumni partner to work together on a service project.

Ongoing Opportunities

Service Saturdays

If you cannot participate in Oglethorpe’s Annual Days of Service, there are still ways to get involved. Join the CCE on most Saturdays for smaller days of service. Each month, the CCE partners with an OU club or group to host a community service project. Service Saturdays expose volunteers to different communities in the metro Atlanta area and their service needs, including hunger, homelessness, environmental issues, literacy challenges, or elder care. Service Saturdays also provide opportunities for the OU community to positively impact these surrounding communities. With your assistance, the possibilities for engagement and impact are nearly endless!

To sign up or to speak with someone about how you can apply your passion for service in a way that fits your schedule, come visit the Center for Civic Engagement in the A_LAB or visit OU Connect to learn about upcoming projects!