Seattle University Students Serve Seattle


Seattle University students will kick off the new school year this weekend, by getting their hands dirty. A long time Welcome Week tradition, Serve Seattle gives new students, continuing students, faculty and staff an opportunity to work together for the common good while promoting SU’s mission of social justice and service. The volunteers will remove invasive plants and provide overall community clean-up in areas within neighborhood surrounding campus.   

Three out of four SU undergraduate students serve the community through volunteer activities, internships and professional development. In all, students contribute 200,000 hours of volunteer service annually, with an economic value of nearly $4.3 million.   

The White House honored Seattle University with the 2012 Presidential Award for community service, the highest recognition by the federal government to a college or university for its civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism.  

SU students, faculty and staff volunteer at more than three times the national average. As a result, the Princeton Review, in its 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, ranked Seattle University in the top 20 universities in the nation for its “Town Gown Relations” (how well students interact with community).  

A major focus of student service is the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a pipeline of support for the success of young people starting in pre-kindergarten and continuing through college. The initiative is committed to improving the academic achievement of low-income youth in the neighborhood just south of campus.  

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012 
            9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (students will register inside Pigott Bldg., then depart campus at 9:30)  

WHERE: Cheasty Greenspace, Beacon Hill 
              Yesler Terrace neighborhood, 917 East Yesler Way  Seattle, WA 98122 
              (call media contact for specifics)  

For more information on other Welcome Week activites: