National Day of Service and Solidarity

National Day of Service and Solidarity

We invite Xavier alumni, family, and friends across the United States to celebrate the 530th anniversary of the birth of St. Ignatius Loyola through participation in the National Day of Service and Solidarity on October 23. This day of service will kick off the inauguration of Xavier’s 35th President, Colleen M. Hanycz, PhD.

If you are interested in participating, please find a location near you below and register if required. More sites will be added, and continue to check back for additional locations. 

If you do not see a project in your area, you are encouraged to participate in a community service project of your choice. You can also participate by donating online to the Stock The Store initiative on campus through an Amazon Wish List or making a donation to be used to purchase $5 Kroger gift cards so students can buy fresh produce, campus meal swipes and more.

If you have any questions or wish to coordinate a site in your area, please contact Becky Jackson, Director of Alumni Engagement at

Women filling boxes with food

Chicago ~ Feed My Starving Children

Help turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world.

Saturday, October 23
2:00 – 3:45 PM CST

555 Exchange Court
Aurora, IL 60504


Student painting a railing

Cincinnati ~ Volunteering with Local Agencies

Join Xavier alumni, students and faculty/staff in a Day of Service and Solidarity! Join us as we spend a morning of engaging with and volunteering with local agencies, followed by reflection. Breakfast and lunch will be provided! Arrive early to campus to get breakfast, coffee and your event t-shirt before traveling to your service site!

Saturday, October 23
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST


Students holding bags of donated food

Cincinnati ~ Stock The Store Donation Drive Thru

Benefiting Xavier’s Student Food Pantry

Join the Xavier community to Stock The Store. The Store is Xavier's student-run food pantry, providing food and basic personal items free of charge to students who need them.

Saturday, October 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Drive Thru Drop-Off at The Alumni Center
1507 Dana Ave,
Cincinnati, OH 45207


Stock The Store Information

Cleveland ~ May Dugan Center

Join the Xavier family in Cleveland to give back to our local community at the May Dugan Center. Volunteers will be asked to help package food bags for the organizations weekly distribution.

Saturday, October 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

May Dugan Center
4115 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland OH 44113


Dayton ~ Make a Difference Day

An outdoor service event at the Five Rivers Metroparks in the city of Dayton as part of their annual Make a Difference Day.

Saturday, October 23
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Outdoors at a Dayton Metropark. Specific location will be provided in an email prior to the event.


Volunteers working on landscaping.

Indianapolis ~ Holy Family Shelter

Assist with facilities maintenance including outdoor landscaping, donations sorting, sanitizing and cleaning. Volunteers will get a tour of the facility to better understand the work that goes on at the shelter.

Saturday, October 23
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Holy Family Shelter
907 N. Holmes Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46222



Minneapolis ~ Mill Ruins Crew

Mill Ruins Crew Members are dedicated to restoring the natural landscape at Mill Ruins Park in along the Minneapolis Riverfront. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species, install native plants and complete other habitat restoration projects.

Saturday, October 23
9:00AM – 12:00 PM CST

Meet at the Upper Saint Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Visitor Center
1 Portland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401


Tampa ~ Feeding Tampa Bay

Help inspect perishable and/or non-perishable foods for their expiration date and quality, then package those good foods into bags/boxes that will be distributed to our hungry neighbors in the next few days. REGISTER BY OCTOBER 18 – first come first serve and fills up at 15 volunteers.  

Tuesday, October 19
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

4702 Transport Dr., Building 6
Tampa, FL 33605


Volunteers removing invasive plants.

Washington, DC ~ National Park Service and Rock Creek Conservancy

Join the DC Chapter for a socially-distant outdoor invasive plant removal event. Assist in removing invasive plants from Trail 9!

Saturday, October 23
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Rock Creek Conservancy
Trail 9

Volunteers will meet at the Grove 2 parking lot. An email with directions and safety information will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.


Volunteers working on a house.

Western Michigan ~ Habitat for Humanity

Assist a family of 9 with the opportunity of home ownership. Work will include Framing, siding, painting, trim work, and other miscellaneous projects.

Saturday, October 23
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Repair site:
550 New Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503