Days of Service

Days of Service are scheduled, one-time service opportunities for students interested in volunteering. Days of Service are an excellent way to meet new community partners, get volunteer experience, and meet fellow students who share an interest in community service.

UCSC hosts group service days the second Saturday of each month. Additionally, there are several major service days a year:

  • Fall Quarter (Saturday, September 24) - Engage Chicago Through Service (ECTS): A service day for incoming first-year students
  • Winter Quarter (Saturday, January 14) - MLK Day of Service: A day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy
  • Spring Quarter (Saturday, May 20) - Day of Service and Reflection (DOSAR): Programmed by the University of Chicago Medicine

For more information on how to get involved in Days of Service, please contact us.

"We love your service days! They motivate our own gardeners to come out and work. Five of our gardeners came out, and a group of six U of C students came. Together we turned our huge three-bin compost system, weeded all of the pathways and spread about two-thirds of a truckload of woodchips. Wonderful results for a mere three hours of work by a group of twelve!"  — Dorothy Pytel, Brickyard Community Garden

Group Service Referral

Is your graduate or undergraduate student group looking to become more involved in community service? The group service referral program seeks to connect student groups with a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the city of Chicago in order to best fit the needs of students and community organizations. Student groups might volunteer at local soup kitchens, teach in an after school program, or help plant a community garden. If your group is interested in becoming involved in community service, please contact

Please be advised that some organizations and schools may require satisfactory completion of a criminal history check before allowing participation in a paid or volunteer service opportunity. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to speak to a professional staff member at UCSC.