Students during Welcome Weekend


Welcome Classes of 2020 and 2022! We invite you to explore different ways to get involved in service at the University of Saint Francis. Through one-time service events and projects to weekly service to campus initiatives for social justice, we offer service opportunities to meet every student’s needs.

Passionate about service and social justice issues? Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, @Serve_USF and Instagram, usfserve.

Helping to make the world a better place is also important to our student community. In 2012, USF student Shane Swygart worked to create USF Cougars Care, a campus club dedicated to communiservice. USF Cougars Care is a group of students who plan and serve together both on and off campus. For more information about USF Cougars Care meetings and service events, join the USF Cougars Care facebook group, follow @USFCougarsCare on Twitter and on Instagram, USFCougarsCare.

Scholarships for service to the community are also available for students who meet academic criteria, have financial need and serve (not course-related) 20 or more hours per year. The Antoinette Murray scholarship was given to over 31 USF incoming and current students last year. Summer volunteer hours count towards service hours, if they are tracked through the OSSA website.

The Office for Service and Social Action (OSSA) is located in the Pope John Paul II building, Room 212-B and is open from 9 am – 5 pm. Email to set up an appointment to meet with one of the OSSA staff, or stop by to see us.

Want to hear more about how other students have served? Watch this video.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

This year we will be offering global awareness and service/mission trips to Appalachia (Spring Break), Cuba (May, 2019) and the Dominican Republic (Spring Break, 2019). All students are eligible to apply for USF Travel Grants to offset trip costs. Both trips may be taken for credit (3 hrs). See the Service and Mission Trip link under STUDENTS for more information.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award - Are you eligible? USF students who wish to receive this award must apply for the award by no later than February 23, 2018. The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This award is an excellent resume-builder and recognizes individuals that have completed at least 100 hours of community service over any given 12-month period.