Days of Service

Throughout the year there are several opportunities for the University community to gather in service to the City of Memphis. These events are closely tied to our institutional commitment to active and engaged citizenship, and seek to expose students, faculty, and staff to a variety of topical direct service experiences. Registration links will be available two weeks prior to an event. When signing up or logging in, please click "Log in via U. Memphis" and use your Memphis log-in and password. All opportunities and registrations can be found on Volunteer Odyssey by clicking here!

Fall 2023 Semester Days of Service

Welcome Weekend Day of Service | August 26

Generally, the weekend before Fall classes begin, we hold our Welcome Weekend Day of Service event. This is our largest service event of the year with between 300-500 students participating in service sites across the city. This is an opportunity for new students to learn more about what the city has to offer, and an opportunity for returning students to reconnect to the city, through service. 

America Recycles Day | November 17

In celebration of America Recycles Day, we will be learning about recycling and working with local organizations who focus on recycling and sustainability efforts. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community while helping to create a more sustainable future. 


Spring 2024 Semester Days of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service | January 13

This service event will help shine a spotlight on service as a powerful force to bridge economic and social divides not only for this day, but throughout every day as a Memphian. This event will provide students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to join together as neighbors, colleagues, leaders, and Memphians to take on challenges that exist throughout the city. Ultimately, serving in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr. will bring us all together to help make our community a better place for everyone!

Read Across America Day of Service | TBD

A program of the National Education Association, Read Across America commemorates Dr. Seuss' birthday by supporting youth literacy. In a mission to create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers we join schools across the country in supporting literacy programming in K-12 schools across Memphis. Take some time this week to volunteer at a Memphis school to read to a class of children and build enthusiasm around reading!