Service Day

Service Day | April 15, 2021 CANCELLED

It is with great disappointment that Service Day 2021 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Please look to serve with us April 21, 2022.

Each year on Service Day classes are cancelled to give students & employees an opportunity to serve together as an expression of our faith commitment to service at Messiah University.  

What is the purpose of Service Day?

Service Day is designed to help fulfill Messiah University's mission to prepare students “for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society." We encourage students and employees alike to participate in service with the local community. 

What Can I Do for Service Day?

If you are a student currently enrolled in a Created & Called for Community (also known as CCC) course, then don't worry! You are automatically signed up for the Special Olympics through your CCC course section.

If you are NOT currently enrolled in a CCC course, you can sign up for opportunities on or off campus.  

  • Special Olympics Track & Field Buddy
  • Special Olympics Pool Buddy
  • Special Olympics Events Volunteer (i.e., Set-Up & Clean-Up)
  • Special Olympics Zone Monitor
  • Special Olympics Competition Sports Volunteer (i.e., Track Runner; Track Timer; etc.)
  • Special Olympics Clown Volunteer

The 2021 Area M Special Olympic Games have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  We look forward to hosting these athletes on campus next year -- April 21, 2022.  We appreciate your interest in serving as these games cannot happen without your support! 


Service Day 2019 was a huge success!  Thank you to all who served with us! 

  • Center for Champions (Harrisburg) works to bring the love of Christ to Harrisburg one family at a time through an after school program, family assistance, and academic help. Volunteers are needed to assist with indoor spring cleaning including sweeping, mopping, wiping down tables & chairs; organizing and sorting books, games, snacks; and picking-up outdoor trash.  9:00-3:00  Transportation provided   
  • Caitlin's Smiles (on campus -- Hostetter Chapel) is dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic/life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers will be involved in decorating gift bags and thinking-of-you cards; assembling a variety of craft kits, containing materials for children to make door hangers, bracelets, key chains, bookmark kits, etc.  Assembled kits will be distributed to hospitals and clinics in PA & the surrounding states.  9:00-3:00 
  • Grantham Community Garden (on campus -- community garden) is seeking volunteers to work in & around the garden. Tasks to include weeding, mulching, chicken coop revitalization, planting, bee hive box building/painting, and waste bin inventory.  9:00-3:00  
  • Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church (Mechanicsburg) has hands-on projects that provide volunteers the opportunity to engage in physical labor to improve their property.  This will include organizing, painting, indoor cleaning, and outside clean-up.  9:00-3:00   
  • Klowns for the Kingdom (on campus -- Starry Field) Are you looking for a Service Day activity that's... a little bit different? Klowns for the Kingdom is a group of (very) amateur 'clowns' made up of Messiah College students and employees who dress up, put some makeup on and entertain our young athletes at Special Olympics every year. They are looking for anyone who has an interest in getting a little goofy, wants to learn how to tie balloon animals or has any skill juggling or even riding a unicycle!  8:00-2:00    
  • Silence of Mary Homes (Harrisburg) provides housing, food and services to the poor in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg.  Volunteers will be organizing food donations and filling bags for families to pick up; painting indoors; cleaning up trash, weeding the gardens and preparing them for planting vegetables for the residents and neighbors. 8:15-4:00    
  • Amani Beads (on campus -- Larsen 202) aids the work of New Life Homes, a Kenyan organization that supports orphaned and abandoned infants, and support Kazuri Beads, a fair-trade organization that employs over 300 single mothers in Kenya. Both organizations empower individuals in poverty-stricken areas of Nairobi by giving them a second chance at life. This service project will last three hours and will have two components: 1) making jewelry on Service Day; and 2) volunteering for one to two hours to sell the jewelry on campus later in the semester. All proceeds from the sale will be sent to Nairobi to support New Life Homes.  9:00-12:00 
  • Paxton Ministries (Harrisburg) reaches adults in Harrisburg who are facing homelessness, poverty, and mental disabilities or illnesses, providing them with a community, services, and a place to call home.  Paxton is holding an event on 4/12 and needs volunteers to help prepare for that event, including making paper airplanes and other crafts and party favors, and event space preparation.  10:00-2:00  Transportation provided
  • Catholic Worker House (Harrisburg) is committed to non-violence, voluntary poverty and the Works of Mercy as a way of life. It is a “house of hospitality” and a place where the homeless, the hungry and the forsaken will always be welcome.  Volunteers will be working in two of the urban gardens located in Allison Hill.  9:30-2:30   Transportation provided    
  • Mechanicsburg First Church of God (Mechanicsburg)  Volunteers will be painting two interior areas of the church.  Members of the church will be serving alongside our volunteers.  Lunch will be provided.  9:00-3:00    

Buddy Training Videos

CCC Students: A Special Olympics Training module has been incorporated into your CCC Canvas course.  The module includes three, short Buddy Training videos, which you are expected to watch prior to answering a brief quiz. The entire module should take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete and will assist you in your role with Special Olympics.  The videos can also be found on YouTube.