Semester of Service

  • Students painting birdhouses.
  • African American association student working on art project holding up a painting.
  • Students holding up shirts at MLK Day celebration.
  • Three students picking up trash on the beach.
  • Melanie Myrick virtual read holding up book smiling.
  • Sarah Hemelt holding a dog during the saving a stray fostering program.
  • Summer Hill working on art project at a table.
  • Volunteers cleaning a bus.
  • Volunteers holding up cards.
  • Volunteer reading to another person,


Semester of Service is an initiative focused on getting Jags out into the community doing in-person service each semester. Volunteers have a huge impact on the lives of others, and we hope you'll consider sharing your time and talents with our local partners who are working to meet critical community needs. To explore volunteer opportunities available to you this semester, visit South Serves.

Launching Semester of Service in Spring 2022

The Semester of Service initiative launched in Spring 2022, and University of South Alabama volunteers engaged in a variety of ways.

Day of Caring afforded students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to come together as a Jag family to help local community organizations complete much-needed service projects. They cleaned buses at Mulherin Home, wrote encouraging letters to graduating high school seniors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama and Wilmer Hall Children’s Home programs, and helped sort books at Goodwill Gulf Coast for local families and classrooms.

Jags also used South Serves to connect with other volunteer activities throughout the semester. Popular activities included helping beautify and upkeep the Mobile Japanese Garden,  tutoring elementary through high school students with Education 4 Life, sorting and stocking food at the on-campus JagPantry, and being a dance partner at Dance Without Limits.

As the semester concluded, students, faculty, and staff who participated in Semester of Service gathered together to celebrate with an afternoon of games, balloon art, food, music, and more. A short awards ceremony was also held to recognize participating students, organizations, and colleges with the most volunteer service throughout the semester. Congratulations to: Allison Dollus, Sarah Hemelt, Phi Mu, and Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions.

For more information about Semester of Service, email