Service Day has been a longstanding College Park Scholars tradition. Each year, Service Day has offered first-year students a bonding experience that builds community—all while they themselves engage with the community in which they’ll be living as University of Maryland (UMD) students.

In honor of Scholars’ 25th Anniversary, we encourage our Scholars alumni to host their own Pop-Up Service Day in their communities!

Many of you already volunteer regularly at your favorite nonprofit organization. The next time you’re planning on volunteering, gather a few friends to join you and let us know in advance. We’ll send you a #ScholarsAt25 Service Day kit (while supplies last), ask you to take a few photos to post on social and—voilà!—you’ve got yourself a Pop-Up Service Day!

Create your own

New to volunteering? You can still put together your own Pop-Up Service Day with a few friends or Scholars alumni in the area. Here’s how:

     TO START:

 Identify an individual to serve as Team Leader.

 Identify a viable service site.

 Promote Service Day. Make sure to have a sign-up mechanism, whether it’s in the form of a Facebook event posting, an Evite, a Google form, etc. Be sure to collect the participant’s t-shirt size (S–XL available).


 Contact Scholars for Service Day kit and potential marketing support.


 Confirm participation with volunteers and final details with service site. Download a checklist to send to site host.


 Welcome participants. Distribute Service Day shirts and name tags, if needed. Download Scholars’ checklist for a successful Service Day.

 Take lots of photos and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Interested in moving forward? Download a more detailed checklist.

Service Day kits

Make it a bona fide Scholars Service Day experience with a Service Day kit! Contact us at least 2 weeks out with the number of participants expected and their t-shirt sizes, and we’ll send you a kit.

Each Service Day kit includes:

  • A #ScholarsAt25 shirt for every participant (sizes Adult S–XL available)
  • A #ScholarsAt25 laptop sticker and button for every participant
  • A #ScholarsAt25 pop socket for every participant
  • A poster for participants to pose with for social media photos
  • Checklist for a successful Service Day
  • Checklist for the site host
  • Social media guidelines



Ben Parks
Scholars assistant director

Volunteer Your Site

If you work at a nonprofit organization and would like to volunteer your site for a Pop-Up Service Day, let us know! We'll refer interested individuals to your site.