Frequently Asked Questions


What is Temple University’s Global Days of Service?

Temple University Global Days of Service is designed to encourage Temple alumni and students, staff and faculty, members of the community and friends worldwide, to join in a multi-day, alumni-led effort to make the largest possible, positive impact on our communities. Global Days of Service is a unique opportunity to spread and deepen the level of pride that alumni have for their alma mater, recognize and measure the combined efforts that alumni, students, faculty and staff have on their local communities, and demonstrate how, in a unified effort, Temple University can help change the world to make it a more positive place.

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How long has Temple University hosted a Global Days of Service?

Temple University’s Office of Alumni Relations began hosting the Global Days of Service in 2013.

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How many people take part in Global Days of Service?

In our inaugural year of 2013 we engaged 350 volunteers, another 450 in 2014, and topped of 2015 with 477! With an expanded event timeline, we hope to climb these number even higher!

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Where is the 2017 Global Days of Service taking place?

As you may know, Owls are everywhere! This year’s Global Days of Service will take place in 2 countries, and multiple states and cities across the United States. Get the full list of cities and states on our Global Days of Service website.

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Who are the site leaders?

Site leaders are the backbone of Global Days of Service. Volunteer site leaders find an organization in their area that could use the assistance of volunteers and manages the event by serving as a conduit between the charity and the volunteers.

What is the difference between the various sites, and the large 4 Temple University Initiatives?

On the Global Days of Service website you will see various different types of service projects. Many of our schools and colleges, student groups, alumni owned businesses, and regional chapters and societies have partnered with charitable organizations to develop projects to support their current needs. These projects range from serving meals in soup kitchens to providing mentorship to current local high school students interested in going to college. These projects are open to anyone and everyone of all age ranges and physical capabilities. In addition to the service sites, Temple University will be hosting 4 larger initiatives. These were chosen focusing on tackling some of North Philadelphia’s community pain points. These four areas of focus are Environment, Hunger, Health and Education. Please check out Featured Projects for more information.

Please be aware of that many of these service sites have capacities, so make sure to sign up early- space is limited!

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Who can sign up for Global Days of Service?

Global Days of Service is an opportunity to show your friends and neighbors what Temple can do, and this can mean volunteers of all ages and physical abilities. We welcome all students, faculty and staff, alumni, and community members to join in this effort! There are some events which may have restrictions, so please look at the specific event you are interested in for any restrictions that may affect your involvement in an event.

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Do I need to register in advance?

Yes, advanced registration is required. All sites have limited space and will fill up quickly. Please register online on the Global Days website.

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What is the registration deadline?

The deadline for 2017 Global Days of Service online registration is 11:59pm on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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How should I dress?

The various site projects take place in all different climates and locales, all across the world. Please refer to the description of the site you plan on attending for specific dress information.

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How do I talk about Global Days of Service on social media?

Please share pictures of your service projects with us! We encourage all of our volunteers to share your photos and stories on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #TempleGDS. Make sure to also tag all of your photos with @templealumni !

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What if the site I want to sign up for is already full?

Unfortunately there are strict capacities for specific events due to the nature of the service or the facility’s capability to hold a certain number of people. We would still love you to participate! Please choose from any of the other remaining sites to get involved. If you do not see a service that catches your eye, you can always perform your own service and submit it to us here to count towards our Global Days of Service impact!

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What is Temple Toast?

Temple University’s one-day giving campaign, Temple Toast, is a day for giving back. It’s a day for celebrating what it means to be a Temple Owl. Twenty-four hours when more than 300,000 Owls can have an impact on Temple’s exciting future. In Temple Toast’s first two years, the university raised over $250,000 ($125,000+ in 2015, $140,000+ in 2016) from more than 2,500 donors (1,200+ in 2015, 1,300+ in 2016). Temple Toast supports every school, college and area of the university, benefiting scholarships, financial aid, academic programs, athletics and more. Toast to make your impact felt in 2017

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May I make changes or cancel my registration?

If you would like to make changes to your registration, please contact the Temple University Alumni Relations team at 215-204-7521 or . You may cancel your registration at any time.

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 What if I have a volunteer group of 6 or more that is interested in registering for a featured project?

Please contact to register your group.

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What if I cannot attend any of the site events?

Are there other ways to participate in Global Days of Service? If you aren’t able to sign up for any of the existing sites or events, we encourage you to conduct an activity of your own – the opportunities are endless! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Donate blood
Collect sporting equipment for a town group
Serve food at a soup kitchen or shelter
Donate gently used clothing and toys
Volunteer at your local hospital or retirement community
Help beautify your city
Help at, or donate supplies to your local animal shelter
Deliver meals to homebound individuals
Pick up litter in a local park or highway
Donate food items to your local food bank
Donate books to your local library
Collect coats for the homeless
Donate toiletry items to a local shelter
Write letters and send supplies to soldiers overseas
Plant a tree
Donate to Temple!

Whatever you do, let us know about it! Submit your service here to have your good deed count towards the Temple University Global Days of Service impact!

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