Service and Outreach
For more than 30 years, students and fans of The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have taken their battle off the field to help save lives through their annual Blood Battle. This year is no exception as Ohio State fans seek to keep the trophy.
From October 31 to November 23, the archrivals will collaborate with Versiti Blood Center of Ohio to see which university supporters can bring in the most blood donations. Blood Battle has kicked off the first weeks of November leading up to the day the schools face off on the football field every year since 1981.
Students can bring new or gently used clothes to receive a Buckeye Nation shirt! The main t-shirt exchange will take place Friday, November 22 from 12-3 p.m. in the lobby of the Keith B Key Center in the Ohio Union. Students can also donate clothes during Flicks for Free and the Craft Night. All clothes received will be donated to the Star House, which provides local youth experiencing homelessness with a safe space. One shirt per Ohio State Columbus campus student while supplies last.
On-Going Service Opportunities
Buck-I-SERV Alternative Breaks are weeklong, substance-free programs centered on community service and civic engagement. Buck-I-SERV is held during the university’s breaks including winter (December/January), spring (March) and summer (May) breaks.
The Pay It Forward cohort provides Ohio State students with regular, easily accessible service opportunities on campus and in the Columbus community. Working to help students pursue their passions within service, Pay It Forward educates and exposes students to avenues of civic engagement in a variety of areas.
The Battle Against Hunger is a month-long program in November aimed at creating awareness of issues surrounding food insecurity through food drives, service and educational events. You can get involved by hosting a food drive or by participating in one of our events throughout the month.