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Service Initiatives

Residence Life & Housing offers service initiatives to support the University of Delaware's mission of preparing students to "contribute to a global society that requires leaders with creativity, integrity and a dedication to service" ("University mission statement," n.d.). In the spirit of Delaware Will Shine, we provide opportunities for residential students to consider community needs, partner with service agencies, and participate in a range of activities.

We encourage students to use their unique skills, talents, and interests to practice civic engagement: "Working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference" (Erlich, 2000, p.6).  

Erlich, T. (2000). Civil Responsibility and Higher Education. (1 ed., p. vi). Westport, CT: American Council of Education and The Oryx Press. University of Delaware. (n.d.). University mission statement. Retrieved from


UD Day of Service

UD Day of Service, a partnership between Residence Life & Housing and the Office of Alumni Relations, is a yearly tradition when residence hall complexes, Registered Student Organizations, alumni and outside service agencies come together to offer several service projects on campus for UD students, and all over the country for UD Alumni. This year's event on September 18, 2015 marks the sixth annual UD Day of Service.

This year’s UD Day of Service will join the University Student Centers Perkins Live! as a late-night weekend celebration of service. At the Perkins Student Center, there are various opportunities for students and local alumni to partake in activities that benefit several local organizations, including the B+ Foundation, Jeanne Jugan Residence, AI DuPont Hospital, troops serving overseas, student service Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), and more. In addition, this year our “Service with a Twist” will celebrate artistic expression with an opportunity for students to partake in a guided painting activity, create a mural of handprints, and enjoy a fun “street fair” of snacks, giveaways and fun!

If students are interested in hearing more about this opportunity, or would like to get in touch with the organizers to have a table present, please email

MLK Day of Service

February 20, 2016
The fifth annual MLK Day of Service, organized by Residence Life & Housing in collaboration with other University offices, is open to all students (first year and upper division). Students have the opportunity to serve with off campus agencies in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Registration typically opens during the first week of the spring semester. Meals and transportation to agencies are provided for all.

In 2015, participants had the opportunity to visit Paws for People, East Side Charter School, Family Foundations Middle and Elementary Schools, Lori’s Hands, Little Sisters of the Poor, Family Promise, Boys and Girls Club, and West Side Grows Together.

RL&H Alternative Break

Residence Life and Housing Alternative Break (RLHAB) provides the opportunity for students to visit different cities and participate in service that helps families and communities in need. RLHAB participants volunteer at different service sites throughout the year leading up to their week-long spring break service experience. This year, participants will have an opportunity to preference sites based on different community needs. RLHAB provides a great opportunity for students to participate in and reflect on service within a community.

Sign-ups are open! Fill out the RHLAB Application today. For information on being involved with RLHAB, contact Tierra Fields.

Service Teams

Every Residence Hall has a Complex Community Council (CCC) which is a student governing board that works to create fun and exciting experiences and atmospheres in our halls. On CCC, there is a leadership position dedicated to Service. This Service Chair is a position for students who wish to assume leadership roles to create community service and awareness experiences for the residents of their complex. Service Teams assist in the ongoing implementation of their complex’s Weekly Service Initiative as well as partner with University entities or other local agencies to create additional service opportunities in their complex. For more information about Service Chair position or serving on the Service Committee, contact your Complex Coordinator.

Complex Service Initiatives

First Year Residential Complexes partner with a unique service agency to offer related on campus service opportunities several times a month. Students may choose to participate in all of these or as they are available.

  • Russell/Harrington – AI DuPont
  • George Read/Ray St. – Little Sisters of the Poor (Jeanne Jugan Residence)
  • Academy St. – Ronald McDonald House
  • Redding/Gilbert – B+ Foundation

In Upper Division Complexes (Central Complex, Independence Complex and Christiana Towers), service activities are held to benefit a variety of organizations both on and off campus. In addition to advertisements about specific events within the halls, students interested in becoming connected to these initiatives can speak to their RA about getting involved, or contact their Complex Coordinator.