Launched in 2009, the global Yale Day of Service is one of a number of service opportunities for Yale alumni to lead by sharing their time and talents to make a difference.

Many alumni give back by working in the non-profit sector, sitting on boards of foundations and organizations, serving at the highest levels of government, becoming elected officials, volunteering for Yale, and sharing time, experience and energy with volunteer community projects. And the Yale Day of Service is a chance for alumni around the world to come together on one day to celebrate this tradition of service. On the Yale Day of Service, alumni and their families and friends work side by side to make communities better because Yale alumni live there. Many Yale Day of Service projects are part of ongoing service efforts by local Yale Clubs or other Yale alumni organizations, a good number of which have grown out of a first Yale Day of Service effort. The Yale Day of Service is a wonderful way for members of the Yale community to meet and reconnect with alumni who share this commitment to giving back.  And for many alumni, the program provides the opportunity to share this value with their children (and grandchildren) through example – and fun! – as they work together on projects where they live.

Projects are led by alumni, and information on the sites is submitted through this website in January and February (see the Organizer’s Toolbox for more information and “how to’s”). Alumni and their families and friends can register for Yale Day of Service sites through our online database beginning in March for projects that take place on and around the Yale Day of Service. While the Yale Day of Service typically takes place on the second Saturday in May, there are a number of Yale Day of Service activities that occur on other dates in the spring. In addition, some Yale-related service opportunities available at throughout the year can be found on the calendar.