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Frequently Asked Questions - VSD 2020

Vincentian Service Day will take place Saturday, May 2, 2020. There will be a morning kick-off in the Sullivan Athletic Center before departure for service sites and a Justice fair and lunch in the QUAD following service. Doors to the Sullivan Athletic Center will open at 8 a.m.

Registration for service locations are on a first come, first serve basis and due to capacity restrictions at many of our sites we are limited in what accomodations we can make. Please consider volunteering at one of the other service sites. If you are a part of a group or received a group invitation email and your service site is at capcaity please contact us at

We are asking students to bring closed-toe shoes and wear long pants. It is strongly recommended that you bring a water bottle, wear shoes you do not mind getting dirty and dress for the weather.

There will be a light breakfast served at the morning kick-off.

Yes, there will be lunch at the justice fair, which will take place in the QUAD.

We are asking students to please bring their VENTRA cards, as we will be using public transportation to get to almost all service sites.

Unfortunately we are limited by liability requirements when working with non-DePaul persons, especially minors. We do not have the capacity to accommodate these types of requests at this time.

Yes! To register a group please select your service location and complete the group registration form by April 10th. Make sure you have not already received a group signup invitation email from any of your other members.

Vincentian Service Day will happen rain or shine! In case of rain we will move the afternoon program to an alternative indoor space.

YES! All DePaul alumni are welcome and encouraged to participate in Vincentian Service Day. Please register through the alumni events page.

VSD Acts of Solidarity

Call someone who is alone or isolated and be ready to listen. 
"I would truly like to know how you really are."
--Louise de Marillac, letter to Vincent de Paul January 4, 1660

Schedule a virtual cup of coffee or tea with a neighbor, colleague, friend, or family member.

Send someone a picture or meme to invite a smile or laugh.

Text or write a note to those who might be lonely, reminding them that they are not alone.

Post or share a story on your social media that you find inspiring.

Share your skills with a friend or family member via video call (cooking, dance, music, sports, etc.).

Decorate and place a sign in your window:
Gratitude & Love for Essential WorkersWords of hope & encouragement for your neighbors [“We can get through this [neighborhood/community]!”]
String lights on a porch or balcony as a sign of solidarity and gratitude towards frontline workers.

Create two moments today:  Self-Care and Care for Family/Community
Take care of yourself:  Rest, read poetry, tap into your creative side to alleviate your stress or anxiety.  Be aware of you and you can be aware of others.  By taking care of yourself, you are better able to serve others!
Do something inside your household or extended family.  Surprise your roommate, your children, your spouse, your parents, a grandparent, or a relative.  Surprise them with something they’ll enjoy!