Student Success Centre

Orientation Serves


Connecting Western to volunteer opportunities in the London community

Orientation Serves

Saturday, September 8, 2018

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Orientation Serves (O-Serves) is an annual program during Orientation Week that is designed to give first-year students the opportunity to learn about and get involved in the London community. On the day of Orientation Serves, first-year students and their orientation leaders (sophs) will be bussed to various locations for the afternoon to support the great work of many non-profit organizations across the community. Students will then be able to assist these organizations, learn, and bond with their new peers. First-year students will be exposed to the critical issues that exist in London and society, including physical and mental health, environment, poverty, and more.


First-year Students

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved from the beginning of your time at Western – all the details will be provided once you arrive. Make sure to log on to your co-curricular record and include your experiences on campus for resumes and communicating your skills to employers.

Upper-year Students

Looking to get involved in community opportunities? Consider signing up through the Western Serves Network. The Network runs from September through April and works to provide students with opportunities to get involved in the London community. Click here for more information.

Community Partner Registration

Orientation Serves

On O-Serves day there will be approx. 2500 first-year students available to contribute to projects throughout London and the surrounding area. We are looking to accommodate groups of 40+ students per organization. However, should you have an opportunity that requires less than 40 students, send us an email and we will work to make arrangements. Also, should you have an opportunity that is geared towards a specific type of student (i.e., music students, science students, etc.) we can also try to make arrangements as well. Lastly, if you are interested in participating but aren’t sure exactly how to accommodate a group of students, we can set up a meeting to help figure something out.

Note: Students will be gathering on campus at 11:00 a.m. the day of the event. Students will be in the community from roughly 1:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.

If your organization is interested in participation in Orientation Serves, please fill out the proposal form:

Other opportunities

Beyond orientation week, organizations can make use of the Western Serves Network to connect with groups of student volunteers. Any events hosted after orientation week (the rest of September through April), can be submitted through the Western Serves Network. The link to the submission form for those opportunities will go live in August. In the meantime, click here for more information.