The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Buckeyes Give: Month of Service - April 2020

Buckeyes Give: Month of Service - April 2020

Buckeyes have the ability to recognize problems in the world and the courage to work toward solutions. We see our communities not as they are, but as they could be.

During the Month of Service and throughout the year, Buckeyes are organizing and engaging in rich, meaningful service opportunities that make a real difference.

Join us as we put our commitment into action, continuing the long, proud tradition of paying forward and showing the good we can achieve together.

Go Bucks!

Jim Smith, '91 MA
President and CEO
The Ohio State University Alumni Association


Find a project near you

Buckeyes Give: Month of Service project organizing toolkit

Determine the biggest needs in your community and how many volunteers you'd like to participate.

Contact the organizations you want to help. Be flexible on date, time and group size.

Here are some helpful links to jumpstart your planning:

Getting your project up and running on Ohio State VolunteerMatch is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Visit
  • Click SIGN IN, enter your username and password, or if this is your first time, follow the steps to set up your account
  • Click Your Activities
  • Click Suggest, then Suggest a new opportunity
  • Under Select a campaign, choose Buckeyes Give: Month of Service
  • Fill in the rest of the fields and click save

The Office of Volunteer Relations will contact you to review your project and get it approved. You will be listed as the project lead, so you’ll be able to easily communicate with all of your volunteers.

Now that your project is up and approved, it’s time to get some volunteers. Use your project’s VolunteerMatch link to ask volunteers to sign up. Send it via email to your group’s membership list and post it on social media — anything to get the news out and people signed up. The Alumni Association will coordinate recruitment emails to alumni in your area and will post it on your group’s webpage (if managed by the association). Your project must be posted on VolunteerMatch to take advantage of this email.

Now that your project is set and you’ve gathered your volunteers, it’s time to make sure your project goes off without a hitch. Download this handy checklist to make sure you’re all set for the big day.

We want to hear all about how it went! What did you do? How many people participated? What was one of the most memorable moments?

Share all the best moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure to use the hashtag #BuckeyesGive.

Important dates

  • To participate in the Buckeyes Give: Month of Service, all projects should occur between April 1-30.
  • Projects submitted on Ohio State VolunteerMatch will receive a reply within 72 hours.
  • 10 business days in advance of your service project, email Nadine at to confirm your mailing address for your shirts.
  • To receive a volunteer recruitment email, post projects in VolunteerMatch by:
    • February 20 (for projects occurring April 1-15)
    • March 6 (for projects occurring April 16-30)

  • Complete your post event form via DocuSign and email us pictures to

Important contacts

Nadine Holmes, associate director