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What is the First Year Day of Service?

What is First Year Day of Service?

The First Year Day of Service is an opportunity for 175 first-year and 25 new transfer students to spend the day engaging in one of several service projects that give back to the North Shore community. Day of Service occurs on Thursday, September 1 and Friday, September 2, 2022.

What does the schedule of the day look like?

If living on campus for the fall, students will move in on Thursday, September 1 in the morning.  In the afternoon, all students will meet on campus to engage in activities, learn about their assigned projects, and prepare for the next day.  On Friday, September 2, students will be welcomed by the university and local officials and then travel to their assigned site.  (Please note:  residential students must meet the 1+2=Key Policy in order to move in (have all their immunizations loaded and approved in their Health Portal and have their bill fully settled before Friday, August 26 in order to participate.)

Do I have to provide my own food?

No, all meals are provided on both days! If you have dietary or allergy restrictions you will be able to indicate that on the registration form.

What attire should I wear for the day?

Participants receive a Day of Service t-shirt to wear while volunteering.  It is recommended that students dress for the weather (as it could be very hot or it could rain) and in something that you can move around in easily and don’t mind getting dirty.  Many of the sites require CLOSED TOES SHOES (i.e. sneakers) instead of flip-flops or sandals.  We also recommend you bring a water bottle with you especially if it’s hot out!

Will I be able to interact with upper-class students?

Yes! Each volunteer group will be led by one or two upper-class student volunteers known as the O-Team. These students work for the First-Year Experience Office. First years will be able to talk with their O-team member(s) and learn more about the campus while they are at their site. 

What type of community partners are we able to serve?

In past years, students have worked with the Girls Inc., NAGLY, Lifebridge Homeless Shelter, New England Animal Shelter, Family Promise North Shore, various public schools, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Each year the list of sites changes.  Students will find out their assigned site on Thursday, September 1.

How do I sign up for First Year Day of Service?

The link to sign up for First Year Day of Service is sent via email (to your Salem State University email address) and posted on the Class of 2026 and Transfer Connections page. It opens on Tuesday, June 28 at noon.

Can I put this on my resume?

Yes! Many employers look for volunteer work on resumes that come in for jobs.  It demonstrates your willingness to engage in hard work and be passionate about issues outside of your normal class load. Some of our volunteers have also landed internships and part-time jobs after they completed the Day of Service!

Are there opportunities to hear more about First Year Day of Service and ask questions?

Absolutely! The First-Year Experience office and Center for Civic Engagement will be sharing videos about the experience on the Class of 2026 and the Transfer Connections page.  In addition, there is a "First to Know" session happening on Monday, June 27 at 6 pm.

How do I find out more information?

Contact the First-Year Experience Office at 978.542.2618 or

Do You Need More Help?

First Year Experience Office
Walk-In Service: 101A North Campus Dining Commons