Service Opportunities

serveAkron – Civic Engagement Programs offers a variety of service events and volunteer opportunities for students including off campus service, Super Service Saturdays, drop-in service projects, donation drives and many more! Check out the links below to see how you can get involved today!

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Volunteer with us on a Saturday morning!

  • Typically from 9 am - 11 am
  • Usually off campus unless otherwise noted
  • Transportation may be required

All events are posted on RooConnect...RSVP today!

Every fall, serveAkron coordinates Make a Difference Day.  Since 2005, the University has deployed more than 10,083 volunteers that have dedicated more than 31,560 hours of service to the Greater Akron area. The program, on average, partners with more than 40 non-profits.

Drop-in service events occur in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union and other parts of campus.  All current opportunities can be found on the serveAkron page of RooConnect!

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an exciting opportunity for undergraduate UA students to travel, grow, and serve others while on spring break. Participants will have the ability to interact with fellow UA peers while giving back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. Participants will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism.

National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to tackle society’s greatest challenges, to build stronger communities and be a force that transforms the world. Each year, we shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Today, as people strive to lead lives that reflect their values, the expression of civic life has evolved. Whether online, at the office, or the local food bank; whether with a vote, a voice, or a wallet – doing good comes in many forms, and we recognize and celebrate them all.

  • August: School Supplies
  • September: Children's and Young Adult Books
  • October: Canned Food Drive for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the UA Campus Cupboard
  • November: Socks, Mittens, Gloves, Hats
  • January: Health Care Hero Bags
  • February: Black Hair and Beauty Products
  • March: Arts and Crafts Supplies
  • April: Pet Supplies

The most important way to be civically engaged in the community is by being registered to vote.  Regardless of if you plan to stay in Akron or stay attached to where you’re from, registering to vote and making a plan to vote is vital to the health and wellness of any community.  serveAkron sponsors several opportunities to register or re-register to vote and learn about issues impacting you.

State of Ohio Board of Elections Registration Information