Civic Engagement & Service

Stampede of Service

Stampede of Service (SOS) is now a 3 part event series featuring a full weekend of service opportunities focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  Traditionally a single morning of service, SOS will now include both an interactive kickoff and wrap up event facilitated by Civic Engagement Board student leaders. 

SOS engages students in meaningful service experiences that move them along the Active Citizen Continuum. In the process, students will connect with each other around common causes while also learning how their passions connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Lastly, students will become aware of how their community service can also help them gain career competencies that employers are looking for.  This is truly an experience that shapes each student while also making a positive impact in the community.  

Kickoff This 30-minute interactive kickoff experience will prepare you to engage with the Tampa Bay community in deep and meaningful ways! Students will learn about the Social Change Model, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the Active Citizens Continuum, and Career Readiness Skills.


serviceThe CLCE will promote featured service projects around the Tampa Bay area in honor of MLK day weekend. Sign up on is available here.  


wrap upThis interactive wrap-up experience will help you reflect on how you to can continue to positively engage with the Tampa Bay community in a deep and meaningful way! Students will reflect on their knowledge of the Social Change Model, the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, the Active Citizens Continuum, and Career Readiness Skills.

Overview and History
Community Partners

Overview and History 

A USF student, Maxon Victor, who wanted to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, founded Stampede of Service (SOS) in 2006. The USF Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement and Student Government worked together with a committee of students, staff and community organizations (including Parks & Recreation, the University Area Community Development Corporation and Clean City) to develop the event. For the inaugural 2006 event, over 900 students from the campus community including student organizations, USF Athletes, Student Government and Fraternity-Sorority Life joined together to volunteer side by side with the community in East Tampa in local parks and neighborhoods. The day was a huge success and the tradition of Stampede of Service was born.

Because of the overwhelming response to this project from students, administrators, and the community, the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement has continued to host this annual event. Stampede of Service quickly became an important tradition for USF and also serves as a kick-off event for the MLK Week Celebration events. Each year, SOS strives to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King through his four principles:

     Strengthen Communities
     Empower Individuals
     Justice for All
     Live your Purpose

The purpose of SOS is to get students engaged in the Tampa community through meaningful service experiences while connecting with one another.  The goal is to help move students developmentally along the Active Citizens Continuum by expanding awareness about social issues and how best to address solutions to root causes of those issues.  Students are also encouraged to check out other Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE) community service events (listed here on BullSync) and continue to keep the spirit of service and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive throughout the year.

SOS traditionally serves more than 60 different organizations in the Tampa Bay community, assisting with senior citizens, the environment, youth, homelessness, poverty, women's issues, education, and much more.

Registration and Roles

Each person participating must register individually through their own account on BullSync because each person must electronically sign the waiver within their own BullSync account. 

Each registered participant will select their project site. If you would like to serve alongside friends, you must each select the same site. Keep in mind that sites are available online on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, it is recommended participants prioritize serving at sites they are passionate about. 


Community Partners

Do you represent a nonprofit or government agency?  Do you want to submit a project for consideration to receive volunteers as part of this city-wide weekend of service? Interested in other opportunities throughout the year as a USF community partner?  Connect with the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, at (813) 974-7595.


Become a sponsor of SOS!  With your donations, we can provide transportation, food, and T-shirts. In addition to supporting a day of community service, this would also be a wonderful marketing opportunity. Your company would have access to approximately 2,000 USF students at the event, as well as, have your logo marketed as a sponsor of the event. Interested sponsors should contact the main office at (813) 974-7595.