Posted May 23, 2019

Owls take giving back to the next level during Global Days of Service, Temple Toast

More than 500 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Temple volunteered during this year’s Global Days of Service, and more than 3,000 people came together to give a record amount during Temple Toast.

Students taking a selfie with Temple mascot Hooter
Photography By: 
Joseph V. Labolito
Students take a selfie with Temple mascot Hooter, who stopped by the Bell Tower to celebrate Temple Toast.

This year’s Global Days of Service cleaned up, and Temple Toast, a daylong giving event, smashed records.

From April 22–28, more than 500 alumni and friends volunteered their time at 30 sites locally, around the country and overseas during Global Days of Service. As Temple’s weeklong service initiative, the Global Days of Service event is designed to bring university alumni together with the common goal of making the world a better place through participation in projects such as lot cleanups, food banks, helping the elderly learn new technology and cleaning local waterways. 

“Two of Temple’s greatest commitments are to our students and the Philadelphia community,” said Lisa Vaccarelli, associate vice president of Temple Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. “Global Days of Service and Temple Toast provide our alumni a concrete way of ensuring that both are well cared for.”

During the same week, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends also were encouraged to come together for Temple Toast, the university’s day of online giving. On this year’s Temple Toast, April 25, more than 3,000 Owls and university friends came together to give more than $470,000, making the 24-hour event the most successful in Temple Toast history. 

In addition to gifts made to Temple, challenge funds were made available to schools, colleges or units that beat their donor goals by the highest percentages. Ambler Campus, the Boyer College of Music and Dance and the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts each earned $7,000 in challenge funds, which will support their areas of greatest need.

Learn more and see the school leaderboards.