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In honor of our 200th anniversary, we’re challenging all of us, and all of you, to continue to improve the world around us by giving back 200 years of volunteer service—more than 1.7 million hours—all in one prolific year.
Our 200-Years-In-One Clock shows the current amount of time that has already been volunteered. Join the Challenge, add your time and let’s make the world a better place.
Since November of 1818, Saint Louis University has always looked forward.Watch how you can help us keep making history during our Bicentennial.
Just like the mobile app, entering your time online will automatically sync with the 200-Year Clock at Grand and Lindell boulevards. Plus, you can still track archived projects and upload photos to share.ENTER TIME
Every hour of volunteer (nonpaid) service you contribute will go toward meeting our challenge of giving back 200 years of service during our 200th anniversary.
Anyone who wants to improve the world around them: Saint Louis University students, alumni, faculty, staff, and those in the St. Louis community and beyond.
No, you can also log your hours online at challenge.slu.edu.
For your convenience, you can submit service hours either as you complete them or at the end of a period of service. If you submit a large number of hours, it is particularly important that you note to us how they were completed. For example, "Serving as the leader for a girl scout troop for the academic year" or "volunteering weekly at a soup kitchen." Bulk hours are capped at 99. If you have more than that to add, you may make more than one entry or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any volunteer time you've spent helping a person, organization or part of the community. Whenever you give unpaid time to a nonprofit, government agency, school, church or other community organization to further the public good, you’re serving. So tutoring youth, coaching a youth team, serving meals in a soup kitchen, helping out at a health clinic, or your church, or child's school, and other nonprofit organizations would all qualify.
Since we’re a global university, anyone in the world can help us reach our goal. For a list of local volunteer organizations, check out our Community Partners Database. SLU also maintains a list of one-time volunteer opportunities.
Yes, on this page you'll find questions that will help you get more meaning from your one-time or on-going service projects.
At Saint Louis University, we know that service is not about recognition – or about logging hours. It’s about living our mission and living the Jesuit call to be men and women for and with others. With this challenge, we hope to encourage service and instill in others the satisfaction of helping those in need and making a difference in our community. Jesuit education calls us to see God in all things and to be sympathetic to those who are not like us. When we volunteer, we gain perspective and see the world through the eyes of those different from ourselves. It is our hope that this challenge will alight the fire of service in members of our community who are new to voluntarism. As the former Jesuit Father General Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., said: "When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change."
You can load your time in batches on our app (use the "manual" entry button) or online at challenge.slu.edu. Up to 99 hours can be entered at a time. Large amounts of time will be reviewed before they are approved.
It will last an entire year, ending on Nov. 14, 2018.