Service Opportunities

serveAkron – Civic Engagement Programs offers a variety of service events and volunteer opportunities for students including Service Fridays, Super Service Saturdays, drop-in service projects, donation drives and many more! Check out the links below to see how you can get involved today!


Spring 2020

RSVP to the service project by clicking on the date below. 

RSVP to the service project on RooConnect!

  • Since 2005, The University of Akron has organized volunteer efforts for the national day of service, Make a Difference Day (MDD).Combined over the last 14 years, the University has assisted more than 9,407 volunteers have dedicated more than 30,208 hours of service to the Greater Akron area. The program, on average, partners with more than 40 non-profits
  • Volunteer Registration: Volunteer registration will open August 26 on RooConnect. Register on behalf of a group or organization or as an individual volunteer.
  • Registration closes on Friday, October 4, 2019.
  • Wednesday, January 15: 11AM-1PM
    • Event : Socks for Seniors
    • Agency: Open M
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, January 22: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Hats and Scarves
    • Agency: ACCESS Shelter
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, January 29: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Valentine's Day Tray Favors
    • Agency: Summa Health
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, February 5: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Bookmarks for Kids
    • Agency: Haven of Rest
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Thursday, February 13: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Valentine's for Veterans 
    • Location: International Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, February 19: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Fleece Blankets
    • Agency: Valor Home
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, February 26: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Capes for Kids
    • Agency: Akron Children's Hospital
    • Location: International Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, March 5: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Dog Beds
    • Agency: One of a Kind Pets
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, March 11: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Fidget Blankets
    • Agency: Open M
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, March 18: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Greeting Cards
    • Agency: Haven of Rest
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Tuesday, March 31: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Ribbons
    • Agency: CASA
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Thursday, April 2: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Egg Hunt
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, April 8: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Egg Hunt (BACKUP)
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Monday, April 20: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Fleece Blankets
    • Agency: ACCESS Shelter
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Thursday, April 23: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Paper Bags
    • Agency: Haven of Rest 
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, April 29: 11AM-1PM
    • Event: Adoption Bandanas 
    • Agency: One of a Kind Pets
    • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate UA students to travel, grow, and serve others while on spring break. Participants will have the ability to interact with fellow UA peers while giving back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. Participants will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism.


2020 Trip Location

Winder, GA—this trip is open to members of the Fraternity and Sorority Life community

  • Agency: Camp Twin Lakes
  • Dates: March 21-27, 2020
  • Cost: $400
  • $75 Deposit due at time of application
  • $325 Remaining Payment due on or before February 28, 2020

Please note: Spots on each trip are limited and fill quickly! Interested applicants should act quickly and must pay their deposit of $75 to secure their spot on the trip. 

National Volunteer Week:

  • Monday, April 20:
    • Drop-In Service Event: 11AM-1PM
      • Location: Piano Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union
      • Fleece Blankets – ACCESS Shelter

  • Tuesday, April 21:
    • Summer Volunteer Fair: 11AM-1PM
      • Location: 2ndFloor Concourse, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Wednesday, April 22:
    • Earth Day Clean-Up: 11AM-1PM
      • Check-In Location: Piano Lounge; Summit Lake

  • Thursday, April 23:
    • Drop-In Service Event: 11AM-1PM
      • Location: International Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union
      • Paper Bags – Haven of Rest

  • Friday, April 24:
    • UA Community Day: 9-11AM
      • Check-In Location: Gardner Theatre, Jean Hower Taber Student Union

  • Saturday, April 25:
    • Super Service Saturday: 8:30-11AM
      • Check-In Location: First Floor Lounge, Jean Hower Taber Student Union
  • August 1-21: Teacher Supply Drive for Akron Hope
  • September 2-30: Children’s Book Drive for Bright Star Books
  • October 1-31: Veteran’s Supply Drive for Valor Home
  • November 1-29: Canned Food Drive for the UA Campus Cupboard

serveAkron and the Department of Student Life are excited to announce the second annual UA Community Day, happening on Friday, April 24 during UA's National Volunteer Week Celebration. UA Community Day is a large day of service capping off a week of volunteerism and giving back. This year, students have the opportunity to register below as an individual or group/organization to volunteer with one of our non-profits (service projects may vary).

Volunteer registration information coming soon

  • Primary-a-Palooza: February 10, 11AM-1PM
    • Location: International Lounge

  • Super Tuesday Primary Watch Party: March 3, 7-11PM
    • Location: Ballroom CDE

  • Ohio Primaries Tabling: March 16, 11AM-1PM

  • Ohio Primaries Event: March 17, 11AM-1PM
    • Location: Piano Lounge