Days of Service projects are one-day community engagement opportunities that allow students to contribute to the National Capital Region. Launched in April 2014, this initiative has grown significantly and plays an important role in enhancing the student experience. It offers a truly win-win opportunity: students give back to their community without signing up for a long-term commitment, and community partners are able to recruit students to participate in their hands-on, short-term service projects. The Centre has planned dozens of days of service for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Although this initiative is open to all students, it is a great fit for those who have never volunteered or who have little volunteer experience and who want to familiarize themselves with the National Capital Region. These projects are ideal for international students, students living in residence or students who have busy schedules. The program is successful because it requires only a very brief time commitment and its projects are timed to be predictable and to occur at the right time during the semester. Students can pick from a list of volunteer opportunities on the Community Engagement Navigator and on the Centre’s website. These one-day service activities allow students to discover their local community, build soft skills and expand their networks. Community partners benefit by having the Centre recruit and train a team leader to help with the logistics of pulling a group of students together and travelling to a specific location.
To date, Days of Service volunteer projects have included sorting over six tons of food at the Ottawa Food Bank and serving 2800 Thanksgiving dinners at The Ottawa Mission. The Coldest Night of The Year walk-a-thon, in which uOttawa students participated, raised nearly $40,000. Students baked, decorated and distributed 523 cupcakes to homework clubs at 15 Ottawa Community Housing communities to celebrate and encourage academic perseverance. Consult the list of Days of Service projects on our website and start building your Co-Curricular Record.
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