How does it work?
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.
Who can be involved?
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.
How do I track my hours?
Two ways: Download our 200-Year app, or use our link.
Do I have to use the app to log my service hours?
No, you can also log your hours online at challenge.slu.edu.
How many service hours can I give at one time?
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.
What constitutes volunteer service?
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
Where can I volunteer?
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.
Are there ways I can reflect on service work?
Yes, on this page you'll find questions that will help you get more meaning from your one-time or on-going
How does this effort support the Jesuit approach to service?
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."
What if I forgot to log my time?
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.
How long does the Challenge last?
It will last an entire year, ending on Nov. 14, 2018.