USD 2018 students preparing food

University Service Day

Where Will You Serve?

Queens Campus:
6:30am – Noon
Check-in for service sites in front of St. Thomas More Church
All USD volunteers should stop by to pick up your t-shirt, water bottle, and some light refreshments before heading off to your service project. Be sure to check your LibCal email confirmation for details of your service project, including transportation and start/end times for all service projects. All transportation (if provided by St. John’s) will pick up and drop off from this location. If you are traveling to/from your service site on your own, your expected arrival time is included in your LibCal email confirmation. Remember to bring your St. John's StormCard!
 
8:00am – 8:30am
Mass in St. Thomas More Church
All USD volunteers are invited to join in a prayerful start to a day of service to our community. All are welcome!

Staten Island Campus:
Join us for our Opening Ceremony as we kick off the day of service together! All USD volunteers should stop by to pick up your t-shirt, water bottle, and some light refreshments before heading off to your service project. 

REGISTER FOR USD 2019 SERVICE SITE

Details will be provided to all registered participants about the opening ceremonies, T-shirt distribution, and transportation options.

“To me, meaningful service is all about reciprocity and strengthening the community in

which we live. When both those who are serving, and those who are being served, learn from

and benefit one another, that is meaningful service.”

–Ashley Gabriel ’19Ed

About

Why Founder's Week?
As a Vincentian University, we celebrate University Service Day on or around the feast day of St. Vincent DePaul (September 27), whose compassion and zeal for service continues to inspire so many to work towards social justice and the reduction of poverty. This special day will kick off the start of St. John's University's Founder's Week, a week of events and programs dedicated to deepening our knowledge and understanding of our Vincentian heritage.

What is University Service Day?
On this day, the St. John’s University family joins together to serve our communities locally, nationally & globally… by serving the hungry in soup kitchens, visiting residents at nursing homes, engaging in fun activities with disadvantaged children, cleaning and landscaping area parks, painting rooms in nearby schools and community centers, and providing assistance with so many other important projects. Working together in generosity and love as a Vincentian Family, we show exactly “what a difference a day makes!”

Why Saturday, September 21?
Every year, University Service Day is held on the Saturday closest to the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, whose compassion and zeal for service continues to inspire so many to work towards social justice and the reduction of poverty. This special day is part of St. John’s University’s Founder’s Week, a series of events and programs dedicated to deepening our knowledge and understanding of our Vincentian heritage.

How many people participate, and where is it held?
The first official University Service Day took place on September 28, 2002 with 123 volunteers at 12 different locations near the Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island campuses. The planning for that day began with the Service Opportunity Council, created in 1998 by the University Vincentian Mission Council. Today, we continue our commitment to a University-wide annual day of service through the Office of the Executive Vice President for Mission. Each year, approximately 2,000 St. John’s volunteers, made up of current students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators from each of our campuses (in the United States and around the world), serve in over 100 locations—and we hope to increase that number this year… with your help!

We look forward to working with you to show “What a Difference a Day Makes” as together we serve in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul!

With many thanks,

The University Service Day Planning Committee

Contact Us

Office of University Mission
718-990-6353
[email protected]
@SJUMission

“Mahatma Gandhi put it best when he said, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself

in the service of others.’ Participating in service teaches me that filling the gap starts with

lending a helping hand and learning from various experiences. There’s never a bad time to do

a good deed.”

–Daniella Malliae, Class of 2020, The School of Education