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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.) and our educational priority being to develop engaged citizens who have the capacity and confidence to make meaningful change in their community and the world around them.

In this spirit, 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

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

The eighth annual MLK Day of Service will take place in February 2018. This event, organized by Residence Life & Housing in collaboration with other University offices, is open to all students (first year and upper division). Students have the opportunity to serve with off campus agencies in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Registration typically opens during the first week of the spring semester. Meals and transportation to agencies are provided for all.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to work with Lori's Hands, Little Sisters of the Poor, Family Foundations Elementary, Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults, Exceptional Care for Children, West Grows Together and Urban Promise.

UD Day of Service

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Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, 10 p.m. –1 a.m.

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 15, 2017 marks the eighth annual UD Day of Service.

This year’s UD Day of Service will join the University Student Centers Perkins Live! as a late-night weekend celebration of service. Throughout the Perkins Student Center concourse, this night of service will feature various opportunities for students and local alumni to partake in activities that benefit several local organizations.

There will also be opportunities to connect with service RSOs and organizations to participate in service throughout the year. We will even have several opportunities for reflection through art.

In addition, this year our "Paint Night and the Art of Service" will celebrate artistic expression with an opportunity for students to partake in a guided painting activity, create a mural of handprints, and enjoy a fun "street fair" of snacks, giveaways and fun! There will be spots for 250 students to participate in the guided painting. Participation is on a first come, first served basis.

Interested in hearing more about this opportunity? Want to have a table present? To get in touch with the organizers, please email

RL&H Alternative Break

Residence Life and Housing Alternative Break (RLHAB) provides the opportunity for students to visit different cities and participate in service that helps families and communities in need. RLHAB participants volunteer at different service sites throughout the year leading up to their week-long spring break service experience.

This year, participants will have an opportunity to preference sites based on different community needs. RLHAB provides a great opportunity for students to participate in and reflect on service within a community.

For information on being involved with RLHAB, contact Alexandra Garney.

Service Teams

Every Residence Hall has a Community Council (CC), which is a student governing board that works to create fun and exciting experiences and atmospheres in our halls. Each CC has leadership positions dedicated to Service. This Service Chair is a position for students who wish to assume leadership roles to create community service and awareness 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 a Service Chair position or serving on the Service Committee, contact your Residence Hall Coordinator.

Complex Service Initiatives

First-Year Residential Complexes partner with a unique service agency to offer related on campus service opportunities once a week. Students may choose to participate in any of these activities regardless of their residential housing assignment.

In Upper Division Complexes (Central Complex, Independence/Ray Complex and Christiana Towers), service activities are held to benefit a variety of organizations both on and off campus. In addition to advertisements about specific events within the halls, students interested in becoming connected to these initiatives can speak to their RA about getting involved, or contact their Residence Hall Coordinator.

UD Day of Service

UD Day of Service is a yearly event where all students and members of the UD community are invited to take part in service projects on campus.

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