MLK Day of Service

To obtain a pre-approval of service hours, record service hours or locate service opportunities please visit Alvernia's volunteer-signup page. If you are in need of community services opportunities, options are available below.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Community Garden Cleanup @ 18th Ward

Date: Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12
Time: 10am-12pm

The 18th Ward is in need of volunteers to help get their community gardens ready for the spring!

End of Summer Teen Pool Party/Back to School Bash

Date: Aug. 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

In need of monitors for teen night swim and donations for back-to-school supplies for RSD students. Click here to sign up!

Assistant Coach @ Reading Royals Youth Hockey Association

Date: Aug. 19
Time: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Volunteer coach two, 1hr practice sessions with the RRYHA! Open to members of the Alvernia Women's Ice Hockey Team. Click here to sign up!

Podcast @ The Village of Reading

Date: Ongoing
Time: 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Need help with teaching teens the ins/outs of podcasting. Sign up here!

Assistant Guides & Design/Marketing/Administrative Assistant @ Skyline Community School - SIGN UP

Date: Ongoing
Time: Flexible

Support Guides in facilitating art projects, games, and activities during nature immersion program. Also looking for volunteers/interns to help with marketing and administrative work.

Prepare and serve or drop off a meal for Opportunity House Shelter Clients - SIGN UP

Date: Ongoing
Time: mealtimes in description

We serve 3 meals a day 7 days a week. The need is great, and we can use help with every one of them!

Children’s Activities @ Hannah’s Hope Ministries - SIGN UP

Date: Ongoing
Time: Mon-Thurs from 6pm-7:30pm

Monday through Thursday the children who reside at Hannah's Hope Ministries are in need of activities while their mothers are in the program. Activities could include outside play, art, music, reading, or games.

Habitat for Humanity Restore Volunteers

Date: Ongoing
Time: Wed-Sat from 9am-6pm, Sun from 12pm-6pm

Restore Volunteering allows you to have fun and make a difference while giving you the flexibility to choose your own schedule. You can work as little as three hours a month or as much as several times a week. Volunteer by yourself or come with a group of friends and co-workers. Wear closed-toe shoes and be prepared to lift at least 25 pounds. We can accommodate groups of up to 15 people for at least a three-hour shift. Students can learn more and sign up using this link.

Weeding @ Hannah’s Hope Ministries

Date: Ongoing
Time: Any time between 8am-8pm

Assistance to pull weeds on the property of Hannah's Hope Ministries. Students can learn more and sign up using this link.

Painting @ Hannah’s Hope Ministries

Date: Ongoing
Time: Flexible

Volunteers to paint a bathroom and bedroom are needed. All supplies will be provided. Hours are flexible. Students can learn more and sign up using this link.

Friendly Visitors @ ProMedica Hospice

Date: Ongoing
Time: Flexible

Support a hospice patient through conversation, phone calls, or letters. Be a supportive presence by reading, doing a project, singing or possibly just sitting in silent support. All volunteers must submit an application and two references, pass a criminal background check and a 2-step TB screening. Once accepted the volunteer will complete approx. 12 hours of training before visiting with patients. Students can learn more and sign up using this link.

Serve a Meal @ Hope Rescue Mission

Date: Ongoing
Time: 11:15am-12:30pm or 5:45pm-7:30pm

We serve the HRM guests 3 meals a day


Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others? - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Community service has its roots deeply embedded in the foundation of Alvernia University and is central to the mission of our Catholic, Franciscan institution. Service provides students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents to help those in need and to support an organization’s purpose-driven mission. Additionally, community service is an integral part of students’ learning experiences, contributing to their intellectual, social, and spiritual growth and development and providing a framework for students’ roles as members of both local, regional and global communities.



All Alvernia students must perform 40 hours of community service before being certified for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their requirements before the end of their sophomore year, and then to exceed them. Transfer students community service hours are based on remaining Alvernia credits required; transfer students should consult with the Registrar to receive an accurate community service requirement based on transferred credits.



Performing direct service to people who are most vulnerable or in need is consistent with Alvernia’s Franciscan mission. Our commitment to service and providing valuable assistance to our local and global community is part of what makes Alvernia distinct among liberal arts colleges and universities. Our mission of creating engaged moral citizens begins with who and where we serve as well as how we reflect on these experiences. We further uphold our dedication to the Franciscan mission and cultivation of servant-leaders by observing the following:


  • Service hours are strongly encouraged to directly benefit an outside group of person(s) or a mission-centered organization in accordance with our service roots as we actively serve our community, environment, and the mutual transformation of all involve
  • Service hours performed with an on-campus entity (defined as a department, club, or athletic group) should follow the same service principles and have a significant contribution and impact on others. While service to Alvernia’s community is deeply appreciated, hours will be approved on a case to case basis and no more than ½ of a student’s community service requirement may be performed on-campus. Students must complete the Community Service Pre-Approval Form prior to serving with an on-campus entity.
  • Community service that is not performed with an approved Community Partner, is not on the Weekly Service Opportunities List, or is performed on-campus must be pre‐approved by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. The official list of Community Partners is compiled and maintained by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and is available on PAX or by request.
  • Community service can be performed with approved community partners, pre-approved on-campus entities, or with pre-approved mission-centered organizations in a student's home community.
  • Students may not perform their community service under direct supervision of a relative or close family friend.
  • Pre-approval of community service and questions may be directed to the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at 610-790-1925 or
  • Students must turn in community service forms to the Holleran Center for Community Engagement in Bernardine Hall 102 before the end of the semester in which the hours were completed. Hours completed in the Fall Semester must be turned in by January 15th, Winterim hours by February 15th, hours for the Spring Semester by May 15th and hours for the Summer by September 15th. Forms from previous semesters will not be accepted. Forms can be completed on paper or online.
  • Forms are not valid unless they have the name and contact information of a supervisor. You cannot list yourself as supervisor.
  • Community service is a hallmark of an Alvernia University education. Community service, along with service‐learning incorporated into individual class curriculum, forms the basis for a lifelong dedication and commitment for contributions to community engagement. Service‐learning courses designated by the Associate Director of Service-Learning and Community-Based Research of the Holleran Center qualify for 10 hours of community service, to be approved by the Professor and the Associate Director of Service-Learning and Community-Based Research of the Holleran Center.


Please contact the Holleran Center at 610-790-1925 or at for questions about the Community Service Requirement.



Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement