Civic Engagement & Service

Stampede of Service

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Stampede of Service Weekend 2019

USF's largest city-wide annual day of service is now a full weekend!  Stampede of Service 2019 will truly be bigger and better than ever. 

With a new format for this annual tradition, student participants will be able to choose from a variety of service projects taking place during MLK, Jr. Weekend.  Project options will be offered January 18 - 21, 2019.  This continues to be a great opportunity to make new friends while also making an impact in your community.  

Student Participant and Site Leader registration for USF's largest annual tradition of service is now open.  Search "Stampede of Service" on, or simply click here.

SOS Timeline:

11/5/18 - 1/17/19: Participant (and Site Leader) Registration Form Open on
1/7/19 @ 10pm: All registered site leaders receive link via email to select project
1/10/19 @ 10pm: All registered participants receive link via email to select project
1/14/19 @ 10am-Noon:  Required Site Leader Training - Option A (MSC 2708)
1/14/19 @ 5-7pm: Required Site Leader Training - Option B (MSC 3709)
1/17/19 @ 5-7pm: SOS Weekend Kickoff Dinner for all participants and site leaders (MSC 3705)
1/18 - 1/21/19: All participants and site leaders complete service projects
2/1/19: SOS Weekend Wrap-Up Brunch (RSVP by 1/28/19)

Overview and History
Registration and Roles 
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 (more information here) 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.  Registration gives you access to the weekend of service opportunities and access to the Kickoff Dinner on January 17th.  All community partners will be asked to only accept students for their projects that have registered online with the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement.

Each registered participant will receive a link to select their project site. If you would like to serve alongside friends, you must each click the link you receive and 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. 

Site Leader:
This vital role is much appreciated.  If you're able and willing, please consider serving as a site leader.  You will select your site ahead of time and you will be grouped with other site leaders to take a team of students out into the community. You are required to attend one two-hour training - either 10am to noon OR 5-7pm, on 1/14/19.  During SOS Weekend, you get the chance to lead others in service, guide their reflection and learning, and attend the SOS Wrap-Up Brunch on 2/1/19. 

You will receive a link to select your site at 10pm on 1/10/19.  Then you will get to engage in meaningful service with a local community agency the following weekend, while making new friends and learning about the community.  

Site Leaders and Participants both register using the same link:

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?  If so, submit your project for SOS 2019 by Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 using this link:

Interested in other opportunities throughout the year as a USF community partner?  Connect with Justin Fitzgerald, Assistant Director, Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement, at


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 Justin Fitzgerald at