Day of Service – FAQ

The AU Day of Service is traditionally held on the first Saturday in November each year. On this day, AU students, employees and their families fan out through the community to perform all types of service projects with different organizations that have requested our help! Community and service are at the heart of our mission and we interact as a university to support our students and our community. Our Day of Service provides an ideal opportunity for the entire Augusta University family to come together in a large-scale demonstration of our commitment to service.

During these unprecedented times of COVID-19, our local community organizations need our support more than ever. In order to maintain volunteer health and safety, we will not be hosting our traditional in-person Day of Service events, but we can still make a big difference for our community neighbors. This year we have partnered with local community organizations to find safe and innovative ways to support their efforts and will be hosting Virtual Days of Service throughout November. With more than 30 community partners onboard, we have the opportunity to make big things happen right here at home. There are many ways that our employees and students can come together to work in teams to support projects that can be completed remotely.

This year, service teams will have three weeks to complete their service projects, from November 2 through November 20, 2020. Teams can complete their projects at their convenience during that timeframe. At the end of the event, we will work with the nonprofits to gather information about the impact of our service to the community and share that with our AU volunteer family.

From volunteering at an animal shelter to working at a local food bank – if you think it might be service, it probably is. Visit the Community Partners section to see a growing list of community organizations that we will be partnering with this year.

All full-time and part-time Augusta University and AU Health students, employees and their families are encouraged to participate in the virtual service projects.

Yes! We are encouraging all volunteers to form service teams in the spirit of engagement and connection. This could be a student group, a university department employee group, a hospital unit team or just a group of AU friends. We will not be processing individual volunteer registrations this year.

No. Each team should choose a team leader. This person will be responsible for getting the team signed up for their project and will communicate with the nonprofit community partner about the project that you want to take on.

You must have at least 2 people to form a team and there is no maximum number allowed per team. Teams can be any size, we simply want to encourage a spirit of teamwork and collaboration on these service projects during a time when so many of us are isolated from each other.

Registration for the Virtual Day of Service will take place online beginning on September 29 and will run through October 16. You can visit the Volunteer Registration page for more information!

Yes, you will receive a notification that we have received your registration immediately. Once registration closes, you will receive additional details about the service project you have chosen as well as contact information for the nonprofit organization that you’ll be working with.

The volunteer registration deadline is October 16, 2020.

Keeping an eye on the number of AU community members who want to participate allows us to work with the community partners to keep them updated on the number of volunteers that they can expect and also lets us monitor and report on the overall impact of our AU volunteer service.

Yes. You should work with your designated service project team leader. That person will be responsible for registering all members of your team.

Yes, on a very limited basis. We will have a large number of volunteer teams that participate in this event and ask that you keep registration changes to a minimum. Please email us at dayofservice@augusta.edu if you need to make a change to your team’s chosen service project.

Please email us at dayofservice@augusta.edu with your request no later than the last Friday in October.

Yes. We want Virtual Days of Service to be a family affair. Many of our virtual service projects are appropriate for child participation under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

Absolutely.  The team leader would need to be an AU student or employee in order to get the team registered, but we welcome and encourage students and employees to engage their families in completing these projects.

Due to the nature of our virtual service projects, we will have many more service project slots for our volunteer teams. If we find that some projects are seeing a high number of registrations, we may close them early to allow other projects to also get registrations. It is our goal to reach as many community partners as possible. We encourage you to register early. If your first choice site is full, please choose an alternate location that’s meaningful to you.

While your involvement is very much encouraged, you are not required to participate in the Virtual Days of Service. This is a voluntary effort in support of our local community.

No. We will not be hosting an in-person picnic this year due to social distancing concerns. We will, however, be hosting a variety of fun virtual service team events to bring our teams together and get everyone excited about tackling their projects in November.

No.  Due to budgetary constraints, we will not be distributing t-shirts this year.  We encourage volunteer teams to proudly wear their DOS t-shirts from past events or any AU/AU Health t-shirt to show their team spirit.  We are focused on giving back to the community through service and are excited about the big impact we can all make when the AU family works together.

We recognize that many Jaguars are actively involved in our community. Virtual Days of Service is a means for students, faculty, staff and friends to come together in the spirit of volunteerism across our campus and community.. It’s also an opportunity to participate in a historic day for Augusta University that demonstrates our great tradition of service to others.

Great! We’re excited you found a match! Check out the Community Partners page for contact information and to keep in touch with your preferred partner organizations. We’d also love to hear your success stories and encourage you to reach out to us at dayofservice@augusta.edu to tell us how you stay connected with your community partner organization all year long.

Selection of organizations and service projects for Virtual Days of Service comes from Community Partner applications that are submitted by local nonprofit organizations who are interested in partnering with us. This day is intended as a one-day partnership to carry out specific functions that benefit our community. If you have questions or suggestions for future community partner projects, please feel free to contact the Office of Volunteer Services and Engagement at 706-721-3596 or dayofservice@augusta.edu.

Community Partners have the opportunity to submit project applications each spring. If you’d like to have your organization added to the list to receive announcements and communications about next year’s event, please let us know at dayofservice@augusta.edu.

Please contact the Augusta University Office of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement at 706-721-3596 or dayofservice@augusta.edu.

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Please contact the Augusta University Office of Volunteer Services and Engagement at 706-721-3596 or dayofservice@augusta.edu