Week for Life
A Week 4 Life is a student organization that aims to promote sexual health
and HIV/AIDS awareness among the student body and the surrounding community.
We work to create an environment that is conducive to having open
conversations and sharing accurate information regarding sex and sexual
Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is a national co-ed service fraternity whose mission
is to prepare campus and community leaders through service. Its purpose is
to promote leadership, friendship and service in all its members.
More Info: APO
The purpose of Art for Kids is to plan and participate in philanthropic
events that will raise funds for Miami Children’s Hospital. Art for Kids
strives to foster leadership and encourage creativity and service at the
University of Miami. We create artwork to be sold so that the proceeds may
go to Miami Children's Hospital. We also volunteer and do arts and crafts
with kids from the community.
More Info: Art
for Kids Facebook Page
Art of Healing is a service organization that works with the Ronald McDonald
House (RMH) to bring arts and crafts projects to children and families
residing there. We visit the Miami House every other week during each
semester, and have different crafts that vary based on the theme. By
joining, you will be able to earn volunteer hours, learn more about RMH, and
give back to the families who need it most.
Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing
a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one
friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
More Info: Best
Buddies National Website
Brothers, Big Sisters
Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) recognize a great need for mentors, role
models and volunteers in the area. Students are matched with a child in the
local community to become his or her "big" sister/brother. Students will
meet with a child once a week, either school based or within the community.
As a club, we have meetings for support and plan tabling events, awareness
events and toy drives.
More Info: Big
Brothers, Big Sisters National Website
Camp Kesem Miami hosts free, week-long summer camps each year for kids who
have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer. We provide
these children with a fun-filled week of sports, games, crafts, and more to
give them the opportunity to truly be kids despite the difficulties they may
be facing at home. We pride ourselves on being a secular, co-ed camp that
brings campers together through a common bond. While Camp Kesem does not
provide therapy for campers, we create an environment of emotional support,
friendship, and understanding where kids can feel free to open up about
their struggles or simply have fun. The week of camp is a truly
life-changing experience for our counselors as well, who are able to develop
their leadership and teamwork skills while making a difference in children's
lives and joining in all of the crazy Camp Kesem fun!
More Info: Camp Kesem
Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
CERT is the student-composed and led emergency response team at the
University of Miami. The team is activated during large-scale disasters
affecting the Miami Area as well as being a resource for the University of
Miami Police Department during non-disaster times.
More Info: CERT
November 9 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Dance Marathon at the University of Miami is part of a nationwide movement
of universities pledging to support their local Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals. Dance Marathon, or CANESdm, hosts various fundraisers and service
events throughout the year, culminating in an 8-hour dance marathon in the
Fall, all in support of Miami Children's Hospital. Dance Marathon is about
celebrating the people who have fundraised, the hospital, and the Miracle
Children who have been treated there. During the event, students stay on
their feet for eight hours in a symbolic gesture to signify the hardships
that the children and families endure. To quote the first Children's Miracle
Network Dance Marathon’s mission statement: "We dance for those who can't."
We dance FTK: For The Kids!
The purpose of Earth Alert is to promote sustainable living and assist
students in developing a greater appreciation for the environment by
educating students and allowing them to experience the environment first
hand. Students will be able to draw their own connections about current
environmental issues in order to bring about positive change.
FunDay is the longest standing service day at the University of Miami. Every
year it brings over 400 special citizens from the Miami area on campus to be
paired up with students to enjoy a day of fun and games.
Girls 4 Good is a service and empowerment organization focused on issues
that affect women and girls around the world. Through weekly discussion on
issues, local engagement, and global action Girls 4 Good seeks to empower
women and girls everywhere and help provide opportunity to all.
The University of Miami chapter of Habitat for Humanity works in
coordination with the Habitat for Humanity Chapter of Greater Miami. We
organize build dates, where UM students are able to put their hard work into
making a home for people less fortunate than themselves. In addition, the UM
chapter of Habitat holds fundraising and awareness events throughout the
More Info: UM
Habitat for Humanity Website
International Justice Mission at the University of Miami, commonly known as
IJM Miami, is a student organization dedicated to aiding the effort of
bringing justice to those who are oppressed and enslaved in the World today.
We work to raise awareness, support and OUR voice for the 29 million who are
sexually exploited, kept as slaves for financial profit, child soldiers, and
many others who are captured by a system of injustice. IJM Miami's vision is
to work with other organizations (including our parent organization, the
Butler Center for Service and Leadership) and plan events that will capture
the injustice of the status quo and inspire 'Canes to work to end injustice
in the world today!
Invisible Children is a nation-wide working to end child soldiery and LRA
atrocities in the Central African Republic by empowering individuals to
become agents of change and mobilizing individuals to advocate for the
people affected by LRA violence.
More Info: Invisible
Children National Website
Kids and Culture is a volunteer student organization that strives to show
young students college is attainable, regardless of ethnicity or
socioeconomic status. Kids and Culture has four main programs: Tutoring,
Tutoring Outreach, Mentoring and Campus Visits.
More Info: KnC
The purpose of Link is to provide a unified voice for campus-wide community
service that encourages students to “take the first step” and redefines them
as a group committed to change. The objectives of LINK shall be to
facilitate student involvement in volunteering within the larger Miami
community. LINK provides a wide variety of service opportunities to the
University of Miami student body, making an impact on our neighboring
community and the world at large by helping worthy causes through weekly
volunteer events and periodic special events.
of Dimes Collegiate Council
The Collegiate Council shall serve in an awareness and fundraising capacity
and shall provide an opportunity to all students to get involved with the
March of Dimes Foundation, as well as educate the campus community on the
mission of the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to
improve the health of all babies by preventing birth defects, premature
birth and infant mortality.
We are the only international community service group at the University of
Miami. If you are interested in participating in an outreach program with a
focus on education, community health, and cultural education, then please
come join us each summer for our trips! Currently we have one trip each
summer to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala, and are working on getting a new
destination approved. We host a wide variety of fundraisers throughout the
year so that we can send children to school and help fund building projects
for families in the Lake Atitlan area.
Gandhi Day of Service
National Gandhi Day of Service, one of the biggest days of service on
campus, brings together a diverse group of volunteers to volunteer at a wide
variety of sites in the Miami area. The participants of Gandhi Day will
provide community service in the ideals of peace and civic duty advocated by
Mahatma Gandhi. This event also aims to foster cultural awareness in
addition to the direct service component.
Acts of Kindness
Date: April 22 (Hug The Lake)
Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) is an organization dedicated to brightening
students' lives by performing random acts of kindness, examples of these
acts include Hug the Lake and Appreciation Days.
The Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraiser that celebrates
cancer survivors, remembers those who have passed away, and fights back
against cancer. It is typically an 18-hour walk, and it is held annually at
the University of Miami. The primary goal of Relay For Life at UM is to
fight cancer by volunteering for, instating, and supporting programs of the
American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide,
community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating
cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and
diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and
More Info: www.relayforlife.org/umfl
(Formerly Strong Women, Strong Girls)
The mission of SPARK is to encourage young ladies to spark their way to
brighter futures by promoting strength, perseverance, ambition, respect and
kindness. SPARK meets weekly with 3rd to 5th grade girls. During these
meetings, college mentors teach lessons on self-respect, etiquette,
self-confidence and positive self-image, along with other developmental
skills. Young girls will be encouraged to challenge existing perceptions of
beauty; they will contribute to an atmosphere of acceptance at school and at
The purpose of Special Olympics College at UM is to organize and plan
student participation in the Special Olympics- Miami Dade Program, and to
provide an avenue for students to engage in sports and other activities with
individuals with intellectual disorders or physical handicap.
SpectrUM is University of Miami's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered,
Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Ally (and much more) group on campus. It is
designed to foster pride through education, awareness, advocacy and
involvement of the LGBTQIA community.
for Education Reform
Students For Education Reform exists to spread awareness of the issue of
educational inequity and equip college students with tools necessary to
create lasting, impactful change starting in their local community.
More Info: SFER
Together Ending Poverty (STEP)
The purpose of Students Together Ending Poverty (STEP) is to promote
education and awareness of poverty issues on campus and throughout the
community, to make a difference through thoughtful action and meaningful
service, and to initiate positive change.
The Surfrider Club strives to promote student awareness and active
involvement in the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves,
and beaches. The objective of the Surfrider Club is to recognize the need
for active protection of the oceans, by promoting awareness to the
University of Miami students and faculty, as well as the rest of the South
Florida community. The Surfrider Club will accomplish this through
conversation, activism, research, and education. Surfriders held past events
with the South Florida SurfRider Chapter and participated in dune
restoration trips and beach clean-ups.
University of Miami Alternative Breaks (UMAB) serves to provide diverse,
quality alternative breaks in order to engage participants in their local,
national and global communities and foster a life-long commitment to social
action and social change. It is a student-led, student-run organization that
sends student on trips across the country every fall and spring break to
work with a variety of social justice issues including Children's Issues
& Racism, Poverty & Neighborhood Revitalization, and Refugee
UGenerations is a service organization that works to bridge the gap between
the the young and the elderly. Members of the organization have the
opportunity to volunteer at a local nursing home, learn about issues
affecting the elderly, and promote discussion on the university campus about
these issues. Meetings are typically held on Monday evening. Location: TBA
The purpose of Wishmakers is to increase awareness of the Make-A-Wish
Foundation’s mission and to raise the money necessary to grant the wish of a
child suffering from a life-threatening illness. Wishmakers works the same
as our national partner; we select a child who lives within South Florida
that has a life-threatening illness, and has submitted their wish to the
local Make-A-Wish foundation. Wishmakers then sponsors the child’s wish and
puts on events and fundraisers throughout the year. Through these events and
fundraisers, we raise the money necessary to make our child's wish come