Iowa State University Alumni Association

Cy's Days of Service

Cyclones everywhere coming together to serve others and their communities!

Have you spent time volunteering in your community or with a group? Report your hours here.

Cy’s Days of Service is designed to unite alumni worldwide in community service. It's a great opportunity to help spread the pride alumni have in Iowa State University, recognize the combined efforts of Cyclones everywhere, and show how Iowa Staters can change the world.

The concept behind Cy's Days of Service is simple. Each year, all ISU alumni, family, and friends complete service opportunities of their choice -- whether they're specially designed for Cy's Days of Service or if they're among the activities our generous Cyclone family members are already pursuing. Participants are encouraged to dress in ISU apparel and snap photos of their efforts to help showcase Cy's Days of Service pride. Our goal for the period between May 2017 and April 2018 is to have at least 500 participants and log more than 30,000 hours of service.

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. If you have designed a group project you want to promote, email Lainey Crawford (A)('16 event mgmt) at or give her a toll-free call at (877) 478-2586 to get some help spreading the word and recruiting your fellow Cyclones.

What sorts of activities can I do?

  • 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

Need more inspiration?
Cyclones in Story County 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 levels, Iowa Staters may connect to the HandOn/Points of Light network of volunteer centers. Find a list of affiliate members at Or check out our special Cy's Days of Service Pinterest board for more ideas.


For more information

If you have questions about Cy's Days of Service, contact Lainey Crawford at the ISU Alumni Association for more information.

Phone: (515) 294-5775


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