Signature Events

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One-Time Service Events to Make an Impact

Our Signature Service Events are opportunities to engage in service with large numbers of peers for on a one-time basis.  Participate individually to meet new people, serve with your friends, or strengthen a group or team!

We realize the limits of what we can achieve in one day.  Our hope is that all event participants will understand challenges facing DC and will take advantage of our other ongoing service opportunities to make a deeper impact.

We also are always looking for leaders.  As events approach, be on the lookout for opportunities to apply to lead, or sign up for the trip. 

All Annual Signature Service Events


César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong Day 



Chávez, Huerta, and Itliong is an annual day of celebration and call to action at GW hosted by the Multicultural Student Services Center, Cisneros Hispanic Institute, RGSLL Department/Spanish Program, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

Honoring the life, work, and values of César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong this event is a unique and exciting opportunity to join together as a community of dedicated individuals and organizations committed to ensuring the continued legacy of two of our foremost human rights activists.


More information about Friday, March 29, 2019 coming soon!



Contact us at [email protected].  

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation (FDoS)

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On Saturday, September 8, 2018, The George Washington University will host the tenth annual Freshman Day of Service and Convocation event officially welcoming the Class of 2022 into the Colonials community! President LeBlanc, Provost Maltzman, faculty, staff, and student leaders will join the Class of 2022 at the Smith Center and then throughout the District of Columbia in a day filled with engaging speakers, direct service projects, reflection, and fun.

Last year, over 2,200 students, faculty, and staff participated in the event focused on the theme Tomorrow, Together. Read more about last year's event on GW Today or check out the video

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a member of the Class of 2022, do I need to register or sign-up to participate in Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Nope! As a member of the newest class of Colonials, you are already registered for the event. All you need to do is check-in on the day of the event and arrive at the Charles E. Smith Center before 11am.


Where do I check-in and when?

Your leader will send you information about when and where to check-in via email at the start of the school year. Please note that your check-in hub is based on your residence hall.

  • Thurston, Potomac, and Mitchell Hall residents will check in between 9:30am and 10:40am in their residence halls
  • All students living on the Mount Vernon Campus will check in between 9:00am and 10:40 am in the Eckles Auditorium
  • All other students will check in between 9:30am and 10:40am in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom

What should I bring to Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Enthusiasm! As well as wear close-toed shoes, clothes that can get dirty, and any medication that you need to take during the day or in case of an emergency (epipen, insulin, etc...). Your leader will also let you know about anything else you may need to bring to your specific service sites.


What are we given at Freshman Day of Service and Convocation?

Upon check-in-in, you will receive a nametag with all your information for the day, a reusable water bottle, a Freshman Day of Service and Convocation t-shirt, and boxed lunch!


Have more questions?

You can contact us with any questions at [email protected].

Current Student and Staff

Freshman Day of Service and Convocation are great opportunities to welcome the incoming class, build community, and promote citizen and leadership in service and academics.


Current Students: We invite you to serve as a logistics volunteer for the Class of 2022's Freshman Day of Service! Logistics Volunteers play a critical role in the day helping freshmen to check in at their residence halls, distributing lunch boxes, and assisting with set-up and supplies.


Staff: We invite you to serve alongside the Class of 2022 and/or serve as a logistics volunteer. Logistics volunteers will serve from 9am-12pm and service will occur from 12pm-5pm.







Contact us at [email protected]

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Give-A-Gift is a signature event and tradition at the George Washington University where members of the GW community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) provide holiday gifts to families in Washington, DC. Each individual sponsored receives a minimum of 3 holiday gifts-- a clothing item, an educational or household item, and a toy or "fun" gift. In total, we ask that donors spend a minimum of $75 per individual.

How it Works

Participating individuals and teams spend $75 on each individual of a family. You, your peers in a student organization, coworkers in your office, members of your sports team and more, are expected to give three gifts to each individual you sponsor:

  • One clothing gift
  • One fun or recreational gift
  • One housing gift (for adults) or educational gift (for children)

Families are identified by DC agencies and Community Partners, including Academy of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center, the Transitional Housing Corporation, and S.T.A.R.S Mentoring Organization.


Traditionally, student organizations, teams, and offices have sponsored a family collectively. By sharing the costs equitably among members, it becomes much more affordable to spread extra holiday cheer to community partners in need.






Email [email protected] or contact the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service at 202-994-9900.

MLK Day of Service and Leadership



As part of the GW celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a day of service, leadership development, and interfaith dialogue.  MLK Day of Service and Leadership is sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, with support from the Multicultural Services Center and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. Last year, over 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the opening program with keynote speakers and headed to service sites both on- and off-campus as well as leadership workshops.

Interested in Participating?

Registration for MLK Day of Service and Leadership will be open until we reach capacity. Individuals and groups may register to participate in the day of service and leadership workshops. If you are registering as a group please note that final lists of all participant names are due by Friday December 8th. Please note that groups are limited to 40 members.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can participate.


Schedule - Monday, January 21st, 2019

  • 10:00am-11am: Check-in - Marvin Center Grand Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)

  • 11:00 am: Opening Program & Keynote Speaker - Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW)

  • 11:45 am: Dismissals and Lunch (On-Campus: Marvin Center Continental Ballroom; Off-Campus: Kogan Plaza)

  • 12:30pm-3:00pm: Off-Campus Service

  • 12:30pm-1: 45 pm: On-Campus Block-One (Workshop OR Mobile Project)

  • 1:45pm-3: 00 pm: On-Campus Block-Two (Workshop OR Mobile Project)

  • 3:00 pmService Ends

On-Campus: Workshops & Mobile Project Information 


All workshops will maintain a distinct focus on the values of Dr. King. These values include, but are not limited to, social justice, advocacy, community engagement and empowerment, non-violence, diversity, and cross-cultural communication:

  • Issues & Advocacy: Countering racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice. This track will feature workshops on active forms of civic work including but not limited to creative community building, online organizing and techniques, working with elected representatives, building coalitions, creative public relations, and communications.
  • Leadership & Civic Development: This track will feature workshops focused on individual skills and benefits. “How to” topics for enhancing personal leadership development and civic competencies.
  • Reflections on King: This track will address how Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy influences the work we engage in today or how we, as a community, can continue to strive to achieve the goals he laid out in his lifetime.

On- and off-campus service sites will be updated as they are finalized. 


If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] or 202-994-9900.

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Veteran Service Initiative

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The VSI is geared towards a community-based solution for meeting the needs of student veterans and service members.


The mission of the Veteran Service Initiative is to connect student service members with service opportunities that build upon their military careers and assist with their transition to student life while leveraging their experiences and skills to strengthen and elevate neighborhoods across Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
The VSI at GW will increase the number of both high quality episodic and longer-term service opportunities available to the student veteran community. The VSI and its supportive students, will work in tandem with the key community partners to identify the most pertinent need areas across the region and marshal the resources necessary to most aptly meet those needs. In doing so, the VSI will establish strategic benchmarks to measure its internal and external impact. 

Veteran Day of Service (VDoS)
On March 24, 2018, the Veteran Service Initiative of George Washington University’s Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and GW’s Office of Military and Veteran Student Services, will call upon GW students, faculty and staff and local community partners to participate in the annual Veterans Day of Service (VDOS).

The focus for this year’s annual signature event of service centers on serving those who serve through renovation, landscaping, and other projects geared towards improving the quality of life for the veteran community. We invite you to join us as we continue to create change through our community service efforts! You can sign up as an individual or as a group.



If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected]edu. Learn more about GW Veterans here.

Check out the GW Today Story on Veterans Day of Service 2017.

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A Year of Service

Shown to over 30,000 people at Commencement, this short video thanks Michelle Obama for issuing her challenge and shows how GW students volunteered 163,980 hours.