Viva Volunteer

student volunteers

Make a Difference Day is the largest day of community service each year, where millions of individuals across the world take the opportunity to serve and give back to their communities.

See photos from Viva Volunteer 2014 on the OSV's Facebook page.

Viva Volunteer

Save the Date: October 24, 2015

Student organization registration opens August 17, 2015 via OrgSync! Registration is first-come, first served and while spots last. Registration will close by 5:00pm Friday, September 4, OR when event capacity is met.

Not a part of a student org? Individual spots and general registration opens in early October.


Viva 2014 at a Glance

409 Volunteers

31 Site Leaders

31 Responsible University Officials

24 Participating Agencies

26 Project Sites

2,045 Volunteer Hours Served

$47,853.00 Saved by Agencies

Viva Volunteer 2014 Community Impact

2,530 exhibit guests welcomed
1,786 tickets counted
1,531 checklists organized
1,200 clothing articles rehung
1,100 sq ft of hallway painted
710 canned food items organized
750 envelopes stuffed
747 t-shirts rolled
500 activity books created
500 snack kits created
437 charts labeled
404 toys sorted
370 windows washed
312 papers filed
301 pamphlets made
272 belts organized
250 shoes organized
204 trail debris trash bags filled
200 music stands painted
200 exhibit wristbands checked
192 bags of rice sorted
188 bookmarks designed
180 boxes wrapped
123 shelves built
102 large towels laundered
96 packs of baby food sorted

90 name tags strung
84 napkins decorated
80 small towels laundered
56 napkin rings beaded
55 cans of paint organized
50 exhibit pamphlets circulated
40 piles of clothes sorted
35 cats played with
31 book shelves organized
30 pet dishes sanitized
27 dogs walked
27 trees planted
26 surgical beds cleaned
21 school shelves sorted
21 bags of trash collected
20 meals served
20 boxes of vegetables packed
20 meal kits created
16 cat beds cleaned
16 windows wiped
16 bags of recycling collected
12 spinning machines cleaned
12 veteran tote bags created
10 boxes of candy sorted
10 festival activities set up
9 treadmills cleaned

8 props relocated
7 dog beds cleaned
7 office shelves cleaned
6 bags of baseball helmets sorted
6 racks of clothes sorted
6 bins of sporting goods sorted
6 wall decorations completed
6 cubic yards of mulch moved
5 cubic yards of soil moved
4 pathways covered in mulch
3 bins of costumes hung
3 sheets laundered
3 blankets laundered
3 loads of pet laundry cleaned
2 ticket templates created
2 bathrooms cleaned
1 watermelon patch cleaned
1 mosaic table created
1 acre of trash cleaned
1 bingo game setup
1 cafeteria cleaned
1 photo collage created
1 storage room sorted
1 mosaic picnic bench designed
1 trail expanded
1 youth garden built

Participating Agencies

American Trooper Resale
Chase's Place
City of Plano—Animal Shelter
City of Richardson—Animal Shelter
City of Richardson—Community Services
Creative Arts Center of Dallas

Crossroads Community Services

Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Children’s Theater
Foster Kids Charity
Genesis Children’s Theater
Goodwill Industries of Dallas-Garland

Goodwill Industries of Dallas-Plano
GroundWork Dallas
My Possibilities
NETWORK of Richardson

Pegasus Charter School
Richardson Boys and Girls Club
Richardson Family YMCA
Texas Trees Foundation
The Warren Center
UTD Community Garden
UTD Office of Sustainability
Voice of Hope Ministries