USD 2018 students preparing food

University Service Day


Get ready to serve on Saturday, September 26th and continue to check this website for ongoing updates.  


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“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 ’19, The School of Education                                              

Join us for our 19th Annual University Service Day!
Saturday, September 26, 2020

You're invited to participate in a day of service locally, nationally, internationally--and now virtually!

Despite the significant changes that we've made due to COVID-19, we still continue to carry the spirit of Vincentian service to support communities in need (near and far). 

Far, but yet still close, what a difference a day makes!

What is University Service Day?

On this day, the St. John’s University family joins together (virtually) to serve our communities locally, nationally & globally. Previous volunteers have served the hungry in soup kitchens, visited residents at nursing homes, engaged in fun activities with disadvantaged children, cleaned and landscaped area parks, painted rooms in nearby schools and community centers, and provided 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 26?

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.

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Contact Us

Office of University Mission
[email protected]

“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, '20, The School of Education