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Join #teamwillamette for Global Day of Service

What started as a way to commemorate Willamette's 175th anniversary is becoming a new WU tradition. On March 9, 2019, Bearcats from around the world will take part in Willamette's third annual Global Day of Service, a time to give back to our local communities and live the university motto, "Not unto ourselves alone are we born."

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It doesn't matter where you live or how big or small your service project is. All Bearcats are encouraged to get out and join #teamwillamette! When we all come together to work toward the common goal of improving our communities, we can make an immeasurable impact.

Alumni volunteers have coordinated several service efforts in major cities across the country. See more information about those events below. If you aren't near one of these areas, organize your own project and share your experience with us! Simply email a photo and a description of your project to, and we'll share with the alumni community! Or use #teamwillamette across social media to share your hard work with us.

Regional Service Projects

Honolulu, Hawaii

Grab your gardening gloves and join Blue Zones Project and alumni from the Honolulu area for a service project at the Makiki Community Garden. Learn more here!

Portland – Alumni at OFB

Join alumni and Assistant Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Kendrick Arakaki ’14 for an afternoon at the Oregon Food Bank. You’ll repack and label bulk dry food in a lively, active environment while serving Oregon Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger across Oregon. Learn more here!

Portland – Law Alumni at OFB

Join the Portland Law Alumni Network (PLAN) and Dean Curtis Bridgeman for a morning at the Oregon Food Bank. You’ll repack and label bulk dry food in a lively, active environment while serving Oregon Food Bank’s mission to fight hunger across Oregon. Learn more here!

Saitama, Japan

Join Ayaka Ishikawa ASP’18, Jin Maruyama ASP’17 and all WU and ASP alumni in the area at Second Harvest food bank. You will help prepare and package meals for families in need at Japan's first and only nation-wide food bank. Learn more here!


Join alumni, Willamette University staff and current students at several projects around the Salem community. We have seven different project sites, such as Willamette Valley Hospice, Bush Park and Zena Farm. After our work, we will meet back on campus for a pizza lunch. Learn more here!

San Francisco

Join fellow alumni, including Bay Area Chapter leader Joe Gruber ’09, for a morning of butterfly habitat restoration with local organization Friends of Strawberry Hill. The group will be cleaning up invasive weeds and planting butterfly friendly varieties in an effort to beautify Strawberry Hill at Golden Gate Park. Sign up here!

Seattle – Meal Prep at FareStart

Join alumni from the Seattle area, including Maxx Kaplan ’11, as we prepare meals at FareStart, which provides hot healthy meals for social service programs and schools. No culinary experience is required, but you will learn all about food preparation. Lunch will be included. This project is full!

Seattle – Community Garden

Roll up your sleeves and put on your gardening gloves as we work with Pastor Paul Eldred ’10 and local volunteers from Holy Cross Lutheran Church to prepare beds for spring planting at the Orchard Gardens p-patch and herb garden. The food grown in this beautiful Bellevue community garden will be donated to local food banks. Sign up here!

Washington, DC

Team up with DC Chapter leader and Alumni Board of Directors member Lopaka Purdy ’05 and the Anacostia Watershed Society for a river cleanup project. You will be helping to collect and sort trash from the Nash Run Trash Trap. The trash data you help collect will be used to educate the public and advocate for sustainable policies. Learn more here!