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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 UD's Path to Prominence™, 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, 21, 2013 marks the fifth annual UD Day of Service.

At each hub there are various opportunities for students and local alumni to partake in activities that benefit several local organizations, including Urban Promise, Newark Manor, AI DuPont Hospital, troops serving overseas, student service RSOs, and more.

Coverage of last year’s UD Day of Service:

  1. UDaily's “Day of Service”,
  2. UDaily’s “Hen Serve”
  3. UD Review’s Article

For more information, view the UD Day Service website, or contact the Student Engagement Coordinator, Siobhan May.

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service is an annual event for first year student volunteers, organized by Residence Life & Housing. Students have the opportunity to travel to several off campus service agencies to participate in a Day of Service in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Registration typically opens during the first week of the spring semester. Travel, breakfast, and lunch are provided for all volunteers.

Last year, participants had the opportunity to visit the following agencies: Jeanne Jugan Residence Home, Blood Bank of Delmarva, Urban Promise, and the Mary Campbell Center.

Service Teams

The Service Team is an involvement opportunity in each complex for residential students who wish to assume leadership roles to create community service 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 Teams, or to find out how to get involved in your own complex’s service team, contact your Complex Coordinator, or Siobhan May, Student Engagement Coordinator.

Service Teams may request funding for service projects and events. To request funding, please fill out the Service Team Funding Request form.

Join My Cause Fair

At this annual Fall semester event, Residence Life staff members invite students, staff, and faculty at the University of Delaware to come share a philanthropic cause or service agency that they are passionate about. The event is set up as a fair with several agencies, student groups, or individuals present provide information about their causes and opportunities for students or community members to get involved.

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 e-mail

Complex Service Initiatives

Each Residential Complex partners with a 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. For a schedule of service events students should, follow their Residence Hall Complex’s page on StUDent Central.

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 e-mail