Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Day of Service Students volunteers manicuring a yard.

What is Serve Athens?

Serve Athens, an initiative of Serve UGA, provides ongoing opportunities during the fall and spring semester for UGA students to meet community needs through service.

Serve UGA is currently partnering with seven local non-profit organizations: Athens-Clarke County Animal Control, Brooklyn Cemetery, Books for Keeps, Hands on Athens, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, Project Safe, and UGArden. Transportation is provided for students who participate. See below to sign-up for current Serve Athens opportunities.

By participating in Serve Athens volunteer opportunities, we intend for our participants to be able to:

  • Analyze the impact their actions make on the local community through post-service reflection
  • Explain the mission of the community partner they are serving with by engaging in intentional service
  • Evaluate the relationship between UGA students and Athens community members by participating in direct service and engaging in critical dialogue
  • Understand the importance of serving alongside one another through collaborative service work with peers and community partners

Where We Serve

Check out the links below to learn more about our community partners and service sites.

  • Athens-Clarke County Animal Services works toward protecting animals from inhumane treatment.
  • Books for Keeps works to improve children’s reading achievement by addressing barriers related to the accessibility and appeal of reading material.
  • Brooklyn Cemetery works to educate the public of the historic African American cemetery, as well as to beautify and preserve the landmark.
  • Hands On Athens works to repair and revitalize historic Athens homes of low-income residents.
  • Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful educates and empowers citizens and businesses with the resources to take action as environmental stewards of litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.
  • Project Safe works to end domestic violence through intervention, support services, advocacy, and education.
  • UGArden promotes sustainability and healthy eating through educating students about organic practices and sharing the harvests with those in need. When you serve with UGArden, you will help weed, remove brush, cut down trees, and other outdoor projects to assist the garden.
The Tate Student Center.
A student planting flowers on the side of a highway during the MLK day of Service.
Students forming a handstack.