Global Days of Service

Each April, organizations around the world take time to give back to their communities through Global Days of Service events. These events have a positive impact in areas such as health, education, and the environment. Youth Service America and Boston University are two leading Global Days of Service organizers each with long history of giving back to their communities.

Youth Service America’s (YSA) Global Youth Day of Service, established in 1988 and observed in more than 135 countries, is the largest service event in the world that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities through service.  Through the Global Youth Day of Service, youth work together with schools, nonprofits, community organizations, government agencies, and others to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities. Boston University, as well as other major U.S. universities like Michigan State University and Temple University, also feature Global Days of Service programs offering volunteering events both within the United States and abroad.

Participating in these community service opportunities is easy – you can locate an existing project (YSA, BU, MSU) or create your own (YSA, BU, MSU).

Interested in starting your own service-related event? Here are some ideas on how you can support your community:

  • Serve food at a soup kitchen

  • Donate gently used clothing and toys

  • Volunteer at your local hospital or retirement community

  • Help at or donate supplies to your local animal shelter

  • Deliver meals to homebound individuals

  • Pick up litter in a local park or along a highway

  • Donate food items to your local food bank

  • Help someone learn to read

  • Donate books to your local library

  • Collect coats for the homeless

  • Donate toiletry items to a local shelter

  • Plant a tree

Make a difference in your community and world this April by taking part in a Global Days of Service event near you!