Global Day of Service

University of Rochester
Global Day of Service

September 14, 2019

Making A Difference

Global Day of Service is an opportunity for University of Rochester alumni, parents, and friends to make a difference in their local communities through a variety of service opportunities led by Rochester volunteers that take place across the country and around the the world.

Help us continue the tradition of service at Rochester and strengthen the University’s impact by participating in this worldwide effort to elicit change in your own backyard!

How Can You Get Involved?

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"Wilson Day during first-year orientation truly solidified in me the importance of giving back to one's community. I have lived in Baltimore for over ten years, and while I love my adoptive hometown, the wealth and opportunity disparities are extreme in this city. Giving back to my local community as an alumna is one way I can bring the Meliora spirit to Baltimore. I sincerely attribute my time at the University of Rochester to my desire to help those around me."

—Genevieve Chawluk '04
Baltimore Network Leadership Cabinet

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.