Iowa State University Alumni Association

Cy's Days of Service

Iowa Staters coming together to serve others and their communities!

Every April, Everywhere

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Cy’s Days of Service is designed to unite alumni worldwide in community service during the month of April. This month of service is a great opportunity to help spread the pride alumni have in  Iowa State University, recognize the combined efforts of all alumni that have had a tremendous impact on local communities, and show how ISU alumni change the world.

Each year, all ISU alumni, family, and friends have the entire month of April to complete a service opportunity of their choice that hits with their personal schedules and interests. This can be an opportunity people are already pursuing, or a new one that someone would like to try. Be sure to dress in ISU apparel to show your Cyclone pride.

Who can participate?
This event is open to all alumni and friends. You can participate by yourself, with fellow ISU alums, or even with your family.

April 2017 Recap:

  • 242 total participants in April
  • 2,077 hours logged in April
  • Oldest participant: Don Campbell '52, Tucson, Ariz.
  • Participant farthest from the Alumni Center: Jack Brownson '57, Los Altos, Calif.
  • Number of states represented: 26
  • Number of counties in Iowa represented: 23

Upcoming 2017 Activities:

Full calendar of planned Cy's Days of Service events

View photos of 2017 Cy's Days of Service activities

More Resources for 2017 Activities:

Cyclones in Story Co. who want to organize or participate in a project may contact the Story County Volunteer Center by email (, mail (110 Crystal St. Ames, IA 50010), or phone (515-268-5323) . Story County has one of 17 volunteer centers throughout Iowa. You can find a complete list of the available center resources in the state at
On the national and international level, Iowa Staters may connect to the HandOn/Points of Light network of volunteer centers. Find a list of affiliate members at

What sorts of activities can I do?
Consider the following activities “to serve” in your area:

  • Donate blood
  • Serve food at a soup kitchen or shelter
  • Donate gently used clothing and toys to a second-hand store
  • Volunteer at your local hospital or retirement community
  • Assist at an area elementary, middle, or high school
  • Help beautify your city
  • Volunteer as a museum guide
  • Run or walk in a charity race
  • Help at your local animal shelter
  • Spend time with an elderly neighbor
  • Offer to babysit for a friend or relative (free of charge)
  • Help a friend with a home improvement project
  • Deliver meals to homebound individuals
  • Pick up litter in a local park or along a highway
  • Plant flowers at a city building
  • Volunteer at your local police station or fire department
  • Share your special talent with others, i.e. play guitar at a local coffee shop, teach a craft session at your community center, paint a scene from your town and donate the work to a local office
  • Donate food items to your local food bank
  • Plant a commemorative tree to honor someone
  • Adopt a zoo animal
  • Assist at a local sporting event
  • Volunteer at your local parks and recreation
  • Help someone learn to read
  • Hold a fundraiser for a local charity (car wash, pancake breakfast)
  • Donate books to your local library
  • Collect items to be recycled (glass bottles, newspapers, old phone books)
  • Volunteer at a local non-profit organization
  • Donate toiletry items to a local shelter
  • Mow lawns
  • Read to a child
  • Make kid-friendly items for your children’s hospital
  • Volunteer at a local fair or community event
  • Offer to teach your expertise to a local scout group (woodworking, automotive care, smart finances, astronomy, wildlife)
  • Donate school supplies to your local elementary, middle, and high school

Check out our special Pinterest board for more ideas!

What if I need more information or if I have questions?
Please feel free to contact Lainey Crawford at or (515) 294-5775 (toll-free to 877-478-2586) with any questions or comments.

We are excited about Cy's Days of Service as it is an opportunity to allow Cyclones around the world to "come together" to give back to their local communities.



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