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Service Day


SERVICE DAY – Wednesday, April 5, 2017

What is it?

Washington Adventist University dedicates one day a semester to service learning. It is a time when the campus community engages in volunteerism through local environmental, health, food, and human services organizations.  Students are provided the opportunity to participate in projects directly related to their course of study or any particular cause that seems most meaningful to them. The day’s purpose is to build awareness and facilitate responsiveness to issues that align with the greater community needs and moral competent leadership.

How to get involved?

Read the descriptions below and choose a project that aligns with your interest and/or major. Links will forward you to the event page. Please fill in the fields and wait to receive confirmation. You will see your name added to participants on the left corner of your screen. The sign-up deadline to signup is April 4 by 5 pm 


1. Adventist Community Services

Processing donations, office cleaning, and ground work

2. Pay it Forward

Each participant will be given $5 - $10 to perform Random Acts of Kindness & Selfless Acts of Beauty to strangers in the Takoma-Langley shopping district.

3. Friends of Sligo Creek

Removing trash, weeds, and invasive plant species around Sligo creek.

4. Crossroads Development Authority

Provide free Health Screenings (Nursing I), Physical fitness assessments (P.E.), and encouraging pedestrians in Langley Park.

5. Takoma Park City Gardens

Vegetative litter, cutting, sawing, manual pulling of plant material

6. Ten-Second Testimony

Create inspirational signs to encourage drivers and pedestrians as they commute. Also, distribution of free books.

7.  Beltway Plaza Mall

Provide free Health (Nursing II) and Physical fitness (Athletics)  assessments while distributing free health materials to shoppers and pedestrians throughout the mall.

8. The Frost School

Cleaning school grounds of debris and other spring cleaning.

9. Business Cleanup

Collecting trash around businesses in high traffic areas in the community.

 10. Adventist Community Services 
Processing donations, office cleaning, and ground work
11.  Capital Area Food Bank 

Sorting Donations

12. Sligo Creek Center 

Provide an inspirational program for residents

13. Takoma Academy
Preparing soil for gardening and planting

 14. ENACTUS Project - Business Department Only
 15. Ridgecrest Elementary School 
16. La Casa Permanent Supportive Services - Nursing Students Only
Health Screenings
 17. Interfaith Works - Nursing Students Only
Organizing and sorting donations, greeting donors, cleaning and arranging, assisting clients, etc.
 18. Greenbelt Community Center - Nursing Students Only
Distribution of free supplies (diapers and baby care items donated by community agencies) BMI calculation and healthy eating. BP screening and education. Hand hygiene. Medication and Home safety. Skin care and cancer screening


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.