Days of Service
The Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) supports service as a mutually beneficial act. We encourage students to learn from the community—its assets and its needs—as they donate time and skills to support community-based initiatives.
While service can be useful in developing personal leadership and problem-solving skills, we recognize that service is most effective when done with others, not to or for them.
The University of Rochester encourages students to engage with their communities by supporting different days of service throughout the year, including:
Outside of these days of service, RCCL supports students in their own efforts by advising service-related student groups and the Community Service Network.
Wilson Day is an annual day of community service for new University of Rochester students. It serves to introduce students to both their new Rochester home and their campus residential community.
Celebrated each fall since 1988, Wilson Day is a proud tradition with Rochester faculty, staff, and students. Students are placed at nearly 100 agencies throughout the city of Rochester and perform a variety of tasks including washing chalkboards, painting houses, landscaping, and playing bingo in nursing homes.
As the only college within Rochester’s city limits, we strive to be responsible, respectful, and engaged members of our community. Through Wilson Day, the University of Rochester hopes to instill an appreciation of Rochester and a dedication to service in all of its students.
Wilson Day 2017
Monday, August 28 | 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Enrolling at the University of Rochester means becoming a citizen of the unique and vibrant city of Rochester. As new neighbors, the Class of 2021 will take part in the city's avid art and music scene, discover Rochester's captivating history, enjoy the delicious cuisine of the 585 area code, and participate in the civic life of the community.
This year's theme, welcome home, emphasizes the importance of new Rochester students becoming active, connected members of Rochester, their new home.
There are many ways to get connected to the community, from attending one of Rochester's many festivals to shopping at local businesses to simply taking a stroll in Genesee Valley Park. It is our hope that each of our new students comes out of orientation week knowing that Wilson Day is just the beginning.
Be the Change Day is a national day of service honoring the legacy of Mohandas K. Gandhi. Thousands of participants across the country collectively contribute numerous hours of community service in the spirit of Gandhi’s challenge to “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Service opportunities take place across the City of Rochester and connect students to our local community. Held annually on the first Saturday in October, the University of Rochester has been participating since 1997.
King for a Day is a Rochester-wide day of service that brings together students from University of Rochester, students from other area colleges, and community members to honor Dr. King's legacy. The day begins with a powerful kick-off event that brings together all of these stakeholders through a free breakfast and entertainment. Volunteers then serve throughout the Rochester area to celebrate service.
King for a Day 2018 is Saturday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.