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Global Day of Service

Make an Impact on the MSU Global Day of Service

The desire to do good and offer one's service has not waned with social distancing practices. If anything, the will to serve is stronger than ever.

During these uncertain times, people are looking for ways to lift one another and express acts of gratitude, especially to first responders who are on the frontlines caring for those impacted directly by the novel coronavirus.

The Global Day of Service, which began in 2013 when Spartans across the world gathered to serve their local communities, is scheduled for Saturday, April 17. This annual event is committed to demonstrating the amount of good that can be done in a single day, while connecting Spartans to a common cause around the world.

Because the novel coronavirus puts limitations on Spartans' abilities to get out and serve, this year's day of service, encourages Spartans to rethink how they will advance the common good, with social distancing in mind. 

From sharing sidewalk chalk art, to writing thank you notes to health care workers, to supporting MSU students, MSU’s community impact will be felt around the world. 

Show the world what Spartans can do by participating in Global Day of Service.


About Spartans Serve

Spartans Serve is a year-round initiative designed to show the world the extraordinary impact Spartans can make through service. This organized, collaborative effort brings Spartans together to serve others in their communities while demonstrating the reach and power of the Spartan network.

When you’re a Spartan, you’re part of something far bigger than campus’ 5,200 acres. We’re a global community and passionate about making the world a better place. Spartans have a proud tradition of service — many MSU alumni are inspired to serve in their personal and professional lives. This extends to alumni clubs, employers, individuals and MSU departments or programs, who are actively involved in their communities. Additionally, thousands of students give back each year through campus’ Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Global Day of Service

Every year in April, as part of the Spartans Serve initiative, there is a Global Day of Service to harness the power of this spirit of service and demonstrate what Spartans can do in a single day.

Not available on the MSU Global Day of Service? You can participate in a number of service projects year-round, or you can make an impact by supporting the university financially.

The Impact

Since 2013, Spartans Serve has been a great success. More than 57,000 hours of service have been donated by more than 12,000 volunteers in nearly 1,000 locations. These volunteers have provided a collective impact valued at $1.375 million to their causes.

Thank you to the volunteers who donate their time, energy, and talents, without you the impact of Spartans Serve would not reach as far.


Global Day of Service volunteers


Plan a project

Do you have a need in your community or cause you're passionate about? Consider planning a service project near you! 

All service projects should be registered on There are many helpful resources to assist with your project creation. 

We encourage all who create a project to review the Project Planning Guide, which is intended to assist in the creation, registration, promotion, execution and follow-up for a service project.


All service projects are registered on You can browse the website as the date gets nearer to see what projects are happening in your community.  

If you do not see a service project listed near you, contact your local alumni club. Chances are they’re planning something, but it may not be registered. Otherwise, you may also consider planning a project yourself — it's a great way to connect with fellow Spartans for a good cause and the MSU Alumni Office is here to help you plan a successful service project. If you have questions about the Global Day of Service, please see our frequently asked questions.

If you have additional questions, please contact Maria Giggy, Alumni Programs Director, MSU Alumni Office by email or by calling (517) 355-7724.