Days of service support and cultivate a spirit of engagement and service on campus and in the community. They also can provide you an opportunity to explore what potential ways you can use your interests or skills to make a positive impact in our community.

In addition to our two nationally-recognized days of service—Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Earth Day—we begin fall term with "Creating Community Connections." By participating in these days of service, alongside other Ducks, you will be a part of a larger-scale effort by hundreds of thousands of students across the nation to affect positive change and serve others in our country and our communities.

Join us on these community action days as we serve and lead together.

Are you a community organization in Eugene or Springfield that would like to partner with the Holden Center for a Day of Service? Please contact us. We would love to send you a team!

Email Us About a Day of Service Team

Lead for Change Winter Cohort 

Are you a University of Oregon student interested in developing your leadership capacity through community action? Lead for Change is a leadership development opportunity hosted through the Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. As a cohort, students will strengthen their group facilitation skills by leading community action projects during the days of service and/or Duck Corps; develop their knowledge about socially responsible leadership through regular cohort learning activities; and build meaningful relationships with the campus and Eugene-Springfield communities. The Lead for Change winter cohort will meet four times during weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8. 

By serving as a member of Lead for Change, students will be able to:

  • Identify, articulate, and examine personal strengths, and learn how to apply those strengths to specific problems and situations
  • Strengthen skills in community outreach, communication (verbal, nonverbal, and written) with diverse constituents, group management and facilitation, and more 
  • Gain knowledge and build relationships with the broader UO community and the Eugene-Springfield communities

Responsibilities Include:

  • Work with the community engagement team to lead and facilitate groups of volunteers during days of service
  • Serve as a liaison between the Holden Center and community-based organizations at days of service events
  • Promote days of service and other community engagement opportunities on campus
  • Actively engage in monthly learning cohort activities


  • Demonstrated interest in community service, social justice, and/or leadership for change
  • Ability to work effectively both as an individual and as a member of a team
  • Availability to serve as a project leader for MLK Day of Service on January 20, 2020
  • Availability to participate in cohort leadership development sessions during weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8 (specific dates will be determined week 10 of fall term once students know their schedules)

Apply to Lead for Change Winter Cohort

Applications due by December 14, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.