Service & Outreach

The University of Florida’s mission is fourfold — teaching, research, service and economic development. Our students, faculty and staff embrace the ideal of sharing the benefits of our research and knowledge for the public good. UF serves the state, the nation and world by contributing to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry, leadership and workforce.

In that spirit, the university offers a variety of programs in which Gators can engage with the community and serve as good and supportive partners. Some of these programs include:

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The University of Florida Campaign for Charities (UFCC)

UF’s annual employee giving campaign. All UF employees can participate by making charitable donations though payroll deduction, cash, check, credit card or stock contribution. For the last 12 years, UF employees have given almost $1 million annually to charities serving our region.


Gators Volunteer

A campaign that links UF and area organizations in need of volunteers – further enhancing the UF community impact.


Center for Leadership and Service

The center provides educational programs, workshops, and conferences; coordinates community service, leadership, and service learning opportunities for students.


UF Community Outreach Database

An online resource where those interested in serving the community will find a wealth of information about opportunities to do so.


UF Dance Marathon

An annual 26.2 hour event benefiting the patients of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. Each year, more than 800 students stay awake and on their feet to raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In the 23 years, more than $15.2 million has been donated, making it the most successful student-run philanthropy in the Southeast.


Gator Connect

Gator Connect is the online guide to student organizations at UF! All registered student organizations are listed in this system, and students, faculty, and staff can contact organizations and learn about an organization’s purpose or upcoming events. To find an organization that fits your interest, you can search by keyword or category. Use the “Community/Volunteer Service” category to find student organizations that have a strong service component.