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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 2021 Semester Days of Service

Welcome Weekend Day of Service | August 21

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. 

9/11 Day of Service | September 11

We gather as a community to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In committing to service to commemorate this tragic day in our national consciousness we seek to tangibly contribute to the creation of a better world for our future. Participate in a variety of projects across the City of Memphis!

America Recycles Day | November 19

In partnership with International Paper, we will be learning about recycling and working with local organizations who focus on recycling and sustainability efforts. This is a great opporuntity to meet representatives from International Paper in a small-group setting, while also giving back to the community and helping to create a more sustainable future. 

Spring 2022 Semester Days of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service | January 15

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!