How Serve Day Started

In fall 1999, George Fox University President David Brandt instituted an annual day of service. He wanted every member of the university community to have the opportunity to demonstrate the heart of Jesus Christ through a full day of service to Newberg and the surrounding areas.

What Serve Day Is

Each year, more than 2,000 students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni spend the second Wednesday of the fall semester helping at various service sites. Service projects can be anything from painting murals, reading to elementary children, visiting the elderly, weeding a person's yard, and deep cleaning nonprofit agencies.


On Serve Day, George Fox offices are closed and no day classes are in session. For the George Fox community, Serve Day begins with an opening celebration at 9:15 a.m. on the quad. After worship and final instructions for the day, team leaders and site hosts meet up with their group and head to the service site (around 9:50 a.m.). Teams return to campus by 4 p.m.

  • Lunch lines open from 8 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. (quad)
  • Kickoff celebration will begin at 9:15 a.m. (quad)
  • Church & Activities Fair takes place from 3 to 4:15 p.m. (Bauman/Ross lot)
  • Serve Day Chapel will be at 4:15 p.m. (Stoffer Family Stadium)
  • The Church & Activities Fair will continue after chapel, from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

    Please Note: Serve Day celebrations will not include breakfast or dinner accommodations. Canyon

    Commons will be open for breakfast from 7 to 8:45 a.m. for students on the meal plan. Canyon Commons will reopen at 4:30 p.m. for those on the meal plan and anyone who would like to purchase dinner.

Evening classes starting at 5:30 p.m. or later will still be in session. 


Ultimately, our goal is to provide an opportunity for George Fox University employees and students to model Christ's call to serve. It is our hope that through this day of service our worldview of opportunities to bless others can be enlarged. Through Serve Day we want to increase the potential for students to participate in service activities throughout the academic year.