Imagine alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Catholic University uniting for an entire month to volunteer in their communities across the globe. Although separated geographically, we can serve as one. Our bond would be stronger than the distances that separate us. Our sum would be greater than our parts. Our impact would be truly awesome.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

— 1 Peter 4:10

Measuring our success

We encourage you to serve your community during our global month of service. Whether you volunteer for an hour, a day, an entire week, or the whole month, we want you to serve.

Please tell us how you’re serving so that we may measure and celebrate our collective impact.

How to participate

You may serve by yourself or with a group; you may lead a special project or continue your regular volunteer activities. 

  • Lead a project: Start a project that others may join.
  • Join a project: Join a project that someone else is leading.
  • Volunteer independently: Volunteer on your own (e.g., help an elderly neighbor), join a group in your community (e.g., help at a local soup kitchen), or perform whatever service you are already doing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered service?

Service is when you give freely of your time and talent to the disadvantaged, the Church, or your community. For example, runs and walks are seen as advocacy, not service, unless you are volunteering your time to organize or manage the event.

Could you give me some examples of service?

As long as you're not paid to do it, service could be anything from serving meals at a homeless shelter to coaching little league, to tutoring school children to mowing your elderly neighbor's lawn. You could provide direct, unpaid service to an organization or to an individual:

  • Organizations: This includes agencies, such as non-profit organizations, churches, schools, health-care facilities, or community groups.
  • Individuals: This includes people who are not related to you, such as elderly neighbors, school children, or persons with disabilities.

Pro-bono professional service is included, as is serving on boards or committees of organizations that provide direct service to people who are disadvantaged, the Church, or the community.

Who can participate in Cardinal Days of Service?

We encourage everyone to participate. But we're specifically asking members of the greater Catholic University community to register. This community includes alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends of Catholic University. If you’re volunteering to lead a project, recruit your family and friends, too!

What other service opportunities do you offer?

When available, we list service opportunities on our event page. Additionally, Campus Ministry hosts service projects for students, and they often invite alumni and parents to participate in major service activities.