Frequently Asked Questions

The Yale Day of Service is a celebration of ongoing service by alumni and local Yale clubs as well as a catalyst for new service commitments. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting physical gatherings, Yale Day of Service has become the Yale Year of Service for 2020 and will continue as such in 2021. We hope this will enable Yale alumni around the world to serve their local communities in the ways that suit the comfort and needs of everyone involved. 

Yale alumni have an unparalleled tradition of service. From Dwight Hall’s student-led community based programs to the highest levels of government service, Yale alumni have risen to the challenge to ‘change the world’, and indeed many are doing just that as volunteers for Yale, or in their professional lives in the nonprofit sector, or by serving on boards of foundations, or as elected officials, or by giving of their intellect and creative energy to volunteer community projects. The Yale Day of Service celebrates the many ways alumni give back and provides a way for members of the Yale community to come together to support local service organizations where they live.

We recognize that many alumni are actively involved in service in their local communities. The Yale Day of Service is a means for alumni and friends to come together in service, to connect with each other and their communities through service. 

Please contact the project coordinator listed on the event description page. 

If you do not see a Yale Day of Service project near you, please contact your local Yale Club President or the Yale Day of Service Regional Director for your area to get more information. Consider joining a virtual project with Yalies from anywhere and everywhere, and keep checking back to this website; new projects are being posted as they arrive! Or, if you prefer, you can organize a project of your own! 

If you would like to suggest a service organization for the Yale Day of Service or organize a project, there are several people you can contact.

If there are similar projects listed on the Yale Day of Service website, contact the listed coordinator to see about collaboration or multiple dates. 

If you do not see any opportunities for collaboration, contact your local Yale club president; you can also contact the Regional Director for your area; or the YAA staff

Everyone is welcome to be a part of the Yale Day of Service! Many projects specifically note if they are family friendly and the registration form provides a space to indicate the names and ages of children you are registering. The Day of Service is a wonderful activity for families to share together. And we are happy to have members of the extended Yale community join with us as well, so bring your friends and register them as guests, too.

Please contact Mara Balk at the YAA by email add guests beyond those included in the registration form.

Please contact Mara Balk at the YAA to cancel your registration or make any changes.

We hope you will consider registering for another Day of Service project, but if you feel a strong connection to a particular project that is marked full, please contact the Event Coordinator listed in the project description. Events may have wait lists in case of cancelations, or in some cases, there may be the opportunity to expand the scope of the project if there is enough interest.

Your project coordinator should provide you with information related to weather challenges for the Day of Service activities as well as a number to call on the project date should you have questions about the weather or other items on that day.

The contact page lists a number of people you can contact with questions about the Yale Day of Service.