• Istanbul, Turkey: AYDER (Foundation for Alternative Life). The Yale Club of Turkey partnered with the Alternative Life Association run by Yale World Fellow alumna Oya Unlu Kızıl. AYDER supports socially and physically disadvantaged people through diverse partnerships. Yale alumni helped with a mural painting project, among other activities.

  • Urbana-Champaign, IL: Books2Prisoners. Sponsored by the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, at this site volunteers read letters from prisoners, and filled the “orders” by choosing books from a collection of donated books. They also wrote letters back to the prisoners to accompany the parcel of books. The volunteers plan to return on a regular basis!

  • Taipei, Taiwan: Yale Club of Taipei member Bo Tedards ’91 and some new friends got creative at the pottery wheel when the club brought schoolchildren on a field trip to the ceramics town of Yingge. This photo won the 2013 Yale Day of Service photo contest sponsored by the Yale Alumni Magazine.

  • Summit County, UT: Marion Park Tree Planting. Kristin South ’93 and her son Sam ’16 celebrated the completion of his Freshman year at Yale by participating in Summit County’s 3rd annual community tree planting as part of the Yale Day of Service.

  • New Haven: Urban Resources Initiative. Co-sponsored by the Yale Club of New Haven and the students at the Yale School of Drama, students, alumni and friends planted trees in New Haven’s West River Park.

  • Boise, ID: Idaho Food Bank. Seven enthusiastic alumni from the classes of 1953 to 2013 came together for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

At A Glance

A short “by the numbers” overview of the Yale Day of Service in 2013:

16 Countries
87 Yale Clubs
232 Service Sites
3500+ Participants
93% Felt They Made A Real Difference



Service to others is one of the joys and responsibilities that comes with a Yale education. The way our alumni come together around the globe to express the values that we all share is an inspiration to me and many others on campus.

President Peter Salovey '86 PhD