First-Year Day of Service

  • CO 2022 Day of Service


The Phillips Brooks House (PBH) is excited to invite you to be part of Harvard College's fourth annual First-Year First Day of Service as part of the Class of 2022's Opening Days. The First-Year First Day of Service aims at welcoming first-year students to our neighbors in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville communities through service. The Class of 2022 Day of Service will take place on Saturday, September 8th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., convening on the south lawn of PBH (that’s the lawn between PBH and Holden Chapel in the Harvard Yard; note that this updated location is different from the location in the Opening Days calendar)

The First-Year First Day of Service celebrates the arrival of the new citizens of Cambridge and Boston and underscores the Harvard College expectation that students will engage with these communities from the very start of their College experience.  We invite first-year students to begin to learn about local communities through service projects in local public schools, community centers, parks, and recreation facilities. The projects include light landscaping, painting and cleaning classrooms, and preparing play or teaching kits for after-school programs. Our goals for the Day of Service are to introduce first-year students to local public service opportunities as well as to imprint them with a civic orientation that we hope expands during their years at Harvard College and beyond.

Following the Class of 2022 Day of service, we invite you to an ice cream social at the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship.

Members of the Class of 2022, please use this link to register. When registering, please make sure to note if you need accommodations for religious reasons (e.g., you observe the Sabbath),  have accessibility needs, and/or dietary restrictions. REGISTRATION  CLOSES AUGUST 30th!  If you are interested in serving but are unable to due to religious observance, please email for more information regarding alternative day of service activities on a separate date.  If you have already submitted a form, but have not provided us with your 16-digit ISO number, please do so at this link here. (****Although the deadline to register was Aug. 30th, 11:59pm, EST, WE WILL ACCEPT REGISTRATIONS UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 11:59PM, EST****)

If you are a upper-level student, faculty, and staff, please register to be a Day of Service Team Leader using this link. Team leaders are highly encouraged to attend briefing sessions (with lunch) on Wednesday, August 29th, from 12:30pm to 1:15pm; OR Tuesday, September 4th, 12:30pm-1:15pm; OR Wednesday, September 5th, 12:30pm-1:15pm at the Phillips Brooks House. REGISTRATION  CLOSES AUGUST 30th!  (****Although the deadline to register was Aug. 30th, 11:59pm, EST, WE WILL ACCEPT REGISTRATIONS UNTIL SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND, 11:59PM, EST****)