Ways to Participate

Join thousands of members of the Yale community to make a difference wherever you are! The 12th global Yale Day of Service, officially scheduled for May 9, will take on the entire YEAR of 2020 for service through Yale alumni networks around the world. 

Here is how you can participate:

Become a Virtual Volunteer

Organizations all over the world are offering opportunities to provide needed services through safe and accessible platforms. Consider one of these options, or send us another opportunity to list on our virtual service sites.

American Red Cross Digital Volunteers and Sleeves Up Virtual Blood Drive

Invisible Hands, NYC* - Home grocery deliveries

Love for the Elderly* - Letter writing for seniors

Meals on Wheels America - meal delivery and support

State and National History Days - online judging for student projects

State and National Invention Conventions - online judging for student projects

Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA)* - multiple projects - meals, calls, letters

Local options may include: virtual 5K or bike rides, senior citizen call lines, digital story hour, online workouts, sing-a-longs, concerts, etc.

*Yale Alumni owned/operated/involved

Volunteer at a Service Site

Finding a service site is easy. Visit the Find a Site page and you will be able to search available service sites by Service Type, U.S. State, Country, or by entering search keywords. Finally, you can register for the site directly through the link at the top of the site’s description page.

Help Organize a Site

First, get in touch with your local club president and/or the regional director to let them know you want to help. Information on how to organize a site and other resources can be found in the Organizer’s Toolbox.

Create a Digital Day of Service Project

If there is not a sponsored Yale Day of Service project in your area or if you are in a region where group gatherings are not advised, there are lots of ways to connect and spread good will with and without technology. Some ideas for virtual engagement:

  • Card/Letter writing to vulnerable communities
    • Service members and veterans
    • Elderly/isolated communities - Example: Love for the Elderly
    • Hospitalized children
    • Individuals with physical and emotional disabilities
  • Expertise sharing via video chat or webinar (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Facebook live, FaceTime) 
  • Story or music time for children via recorded video or live platforms
  • Document preparation for historical, legal, medical, financial needs.
  • Visual storytelling similar to the TED talk format