University of Delaware

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

The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity every February for students to connect with a local service agency, engage in meaningful service with other students and community members, and to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students partner with service agencies in the surrounding Newark and Wilmington communities by participating in a variety of activities that benefit both the community the agency serves and the participants, themselves.

The MLK Day of Service is a collaboration between Residence Life and Housing and The Blue Hen Leadership Program (BHLP). The 2019 MLK Day of Service will take place on February 23, 2019. Visit the MLK Day of Service page to get more info about service partners and register for the event.

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 Melissa Bader-Huesgen

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.

Weekly Service Initiatives

Weekly service in first-year residence halls provides students the opportunity to connect with local service agencies and create projects based on community need. Every partnership is unique and provides students an avenue to contribute to their local community.

Each week, students will have the opportunity to learn about their community organization, design their service activity, and connect with other members of the community while doing service. Students may choose to participate in any service activity regardless of their residential housing assignment. This years community partners are listed below:

UD Night of Service

UD Night 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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