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Global Day of Service

King's was founded in 1829 to serve society and our students, staff and alumni have been dedicated to making the world a better place ever since. 

Giving back to society and to our community is an important part of what we do. That spirit has never been more important, as we adapt and support each other through the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re so proud of how the global King’s community have responded so far, whether that’s providing meals and making PPE for frontline health staff, to supporting students feeling isolated or assisting alumni in navigating a challenging job market.  

Every year, our Global Day of Service brings the King’s family together to volunteer, give their time and make a difference in their local and national communities. This March, we’re pleased that the Global Day of Service will return but it will look a little different. If you’d like to get involved there are many easy and safe ways you can support others remotely from the comfort of your home. 
 
With many countries experiencing national lockdowns as the pandemic continues, volunteering in groups won’t be appropriate for many of us. Volunteering remotely, alone or with members of your household remain ways you can support your community as well as your own wellbeing during this difficult time.  

Some ideas for remote or solo activities:

  • Pick up litter at your local park, green space or beach.
  • Donate to a local food bank.
  • Go shopping for someone who can’t leave their home.
  • Create and send a wellbeing box to healthcare workers.
  • Write and send thank you notes to key service workers; teachers, vets, postal workers, essential retail staff.
  • Take part in befriending phone calls with elderly people.
  • Connect with another member of the King's community for a social call – sign up here.
  • Mentor a King’s student or fellow alumnus on King’s Connect.
  • Share your career story with a King's alumnus or student.

For more ideas and inspiration see how other members of the King’s community have supported others through the pandemic.

GDoS header newWhen is it? 

Global Day of Service is on 25th March to mark the founding of King’s. We ask you to let us know your volunteering hours so we can show the impact of you sharing your time. Volunteer any time in March and your hours will count towards the total impact achieved through Global Day of Service.

Let us know what you are doing

Tell us what you’re doing and log your hours by emailing: volunteering@kcl.ac.uk.

Organising activities

If you are arranging a service activity in a location where groups are allowed to meet, let us know and we can provide support and promote the event to other alumni in the local area to get more people involved. Get in touch at volunteering@kcl.ac.uk

Share your story 

We’d love to celebrate your story to show our impact as a global community. Share your photos and videos on social and don’t forget to tag us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using @KCLalumni and the hashtags #ForeverKings and #ServiceAtKings. Or you can email us at volunteering@kcl.ac.uk.

Stay safe 

Always follow your country’s latest guidance to protect yourself and others. 
 

Interested in taking part?  

Get in touch for further guidance and an information pack on taking part in Global Day of Service in your local area. Email: volunteering@kcl.ac.uk

GDOS quote full sizeJonathan Grant, Professor of Public Policy at the Policy Institute and former Vice-President/Vice-Principal (Service) volunteering at the Guy's Garden in 2019 

Tell us you want to get involved

If you have any questions about how to get involved: