Did you know that combining your learning with hands-on experiences can improve what you remember by up to 79%? We do, which is why we have MacServe, a community-engagement program that matches your learning with meaningful experiences and reflection. Through MacServe, we help you learn, experience, and remember as much as possible during your time here.

MacServe Day of Learning

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Each year, we hold a program that brings together local organizations leading change in their communities. Those who sign up join these leaders in a one-day project and learn more about the needs of the community. If you are interested in connecting with local leaders, making a difference, or simply putting your learning into action, we think MacServe Day of Learning might be a great fit for you!

Participating Organizations

This year, the following organizations will participate in MacServe Day of Learning:

Able Living Services

Battlefield House Museum

Children’s International Learning Centre


Environment Hamilton

Habitat for Humanity

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hamilton Victory Gardens

L’Arche Hamilton

Living Rock Ministries

March of Dimes

Mission Services

Mustard Seed Co-Op

NGEN Youth

PACNL Lot M Project

PACNL MacForest Initiative

PACNL RBG Waterway Cleanup

St. Martin’s Manor

St. Peter’s Residence

Stewards of Cootes

The Bridge

Welcome Inn

Wesley Urban Ministries

Register for MacServe Day of Learning with a team or individually on OSCARplus

Participants get a free lunch and t-shirt before connecting with their community organization.

I absolutely enjoyed my time at both the Audobon Center and with Habitat. I felt as though I was very changed by these experiences and much more equipped to deal with adversity and volunteer back home in a meaningful way. Without a doubt I think we made both a tangible and non-tangible difference to the community of New Orleans.

MacServe Participant

MacServe Reading Week

Reading Break

Reading week isn’t just for reading; the one-week break from the classroom is also an important stress reliever and an opportunity to think beyond academics. Take on local, national, or global issues and create positive social change by signing-up for MacServe Reading Week, a one-week program that immerses you in the world of community service.

Registration is available on OSCARplus.

This year, MacServe participants will support projects in:

Costa Rica

Theme: Gender Empowerment

In San Ignacio de Acosta, our community partner, VIDA works closely with a Women’s Association called Grupo Giras. In this rural area it is standard for men to provide all income to the families. Grupo Giras was created as an alternative to provide more independence to women based on  production of natural and organic products. They also provide spa services. Today they are very well recognized in Costa Rica  and have a small shop in the capital of San Jose.

Students who participate in this program will volunteer with Grupo Giras. Through various speakers and activities, they will learn about the growth and impact on the community that Grupo Giras has had, as well as the history of feminism in the area.


Theme: Youth Poverty Alleviation

Youth are the energy and pulse of our communities. Many youth in Hamilton face great obstacles and challenges. Students participating in this program will contribute to a number of youth programs and initiatives supporting various youth communities in the city.

Sign-up for MacServe Reading Week on OSCARplus.

Is your dream opportunity out of the budget? Fundraise your trip with these tips: Fundraising Guide (PDF).

You can also sign up as a Team or Assistant Team Leader! Apply on OSCARplus in October.

Team Leader position profile (PDF)

Assistant Team Leader position profile (PDF)

The experience was eye-opening and enabled me to explore a new perspective.

MacServe Participant

MacServe Engage

May 2017

Start your summer with an adventure in your community or abroad by joining the MacServe Engage program. Open up your world by learning about community challenges, engaging in cultural workshops, and working with others. Gain a deeper understanding of yourself and critically engage with issues in your host community.

Past communities include Boruca, Costa Rica, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, and Hamilton, Ontario.

Want to lead change? You can sign up as a Leader!  Apply on OSCARplus.

Team Leader position profile (PDF)

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