Global Day of Service

University of Rochester
Global Day of Service

September 2020

Make a Difference

Global Day of Service is a worldwide effort for University of Rochester alumni, parents, and friends to make a difference through a variety of service opportunities led by Rochester volunteers. 

This year, giving back is going digital. No matter where you live, you can continue the tradition throughout the month of September with virtual volunteer opportunities. Whether you share how you’re making an impact independently or partner with an organization in your local community and beyond, you’re invited to join the cause and showcase the spirit of Meliora when it matters most. Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we can all continue to stay connected and step up.

How Can You Get Involved?


Find a virtual or in-person project today!

Share Your Story

We’d like to learn more about how you made an impact and show our gratitude for dedicating your time and energy toward meaningful change. Tell us about a project you participated in and receive a free t-shirt! Don’t forget to post on social media using the hashtag #URServiceDay.


"I am inspired by the students' goals and involvement with their communities at Chicago Scholars every year I participate. Our experience with college and job interviews means that we can offer the students valuable tips and insights as they prepare for this important step in the application process."

—Luis Zamudio '15
volunteer coordinator in Chicago, Illinois

A Rich History


During first-year orientation, undergraduate students at both the River Campus and Eastman School of Music quickly learn the University motto of Meliora, meaning “ever better” through participation in a day of service in the Rochester community.

Known on the River Campus since 1988 as Wilson Day, named after the family of Joseph C. Wilson ’31, and George Eastman Day of Service at the Eastman School of Music after George Eastman, this has instilled a tradition of service within the University community.

Please note that these photos were taken in September 2019.