Student Voluntary Services

Established in 1965, SVS sends more than 4,000 Ball State students into the community to serve others. These students come from all academic disciplines and majors. Some students serve through SVS to complete service-learning requirements for their classes while others sign up with us just for fun! 



Funds given to Student Voluntary Services may be used in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Supplies for days of service;
  • Gifts for children in Delaware County who have been removed from their homes during the holidays (this project is done in partnership with the Department of Child Services);
  • Expenses for annual Alternative Spring Break service trip; 
  • Travel expenses for student leaders to attend conferences; and 
  • Professional development opportunities for staff members that support SVS and its student leaders.

Last year, a staggering 4,428 students participated in 80,074 community service hours to the community. Student logged service hours to a total of 169 community agencies. 


Examples of our ongoing service opportunities include:

Coordinated volunteer programs are scheduled weekly community service opportunities. Volunteers in coordinated programs make a 12-week commitment while SVS staff members log your volunteer hours in our online database. 


Independent volunteer programs are more flexible than coordinated programs. Volunteers in these programs arrange the days and times they will volunteer with the nonprofit agency in which they will serve. Volunteers track their service hours and submit their impacts using GivePulse, our volunteer management system. 


One-Time Event programs are community service opportunities that begin and end on the same day. These programs are great for those students who want to give back and contribute to the community in a positive way but can not make a long-term commitment.

See what people are sharing about One Ball State Day 2021!
6,323 Gifts Unlocks $3,000 for the Multicultural Center
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts, $3,000 will be unlocked for the new Multicultural Center!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
Unlock $3,000 for Student Emergency Aid
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts (beating last year's total number of gifts), $3,000 will be unlocked for Student Emergency Aid!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
New Challenge - 2 Areas Will Win $1,000
From 7-8pm, two of the non-academic/non-athletic areas with the most donors will each receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 16
2 $1,000 Spectrum 12
3 Dance Marathon 7
4 Fraternity and Sorority Life 6
5 Multicultural Center 6
5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
Student Org Evening Leaderboard
NEW Challenge! The Student Org that has the most donors from 9-11pm will receive $1,500 for their organization!
Rank Prize Student Orgs Donors
1 $1,500 Spectrum 53
2 Ball State Student Media 50
3 Cardinal Kitchen 11
4 Dance Marathon 4
5 Student Voluntary Services 3
Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 1,292
2 Theatre & Dance 1,023
3 Athletics 888
4 Teachers College 726
5 College of Communication, Information, and Media 708
Student Org Challenge
Help student organizations get ready for the new academic year! The four student orgs with the most gifts from 1-4pm will receive $500 each.
Rank Prize Student Orgs Gifts
1 $500 Ball State Student Media 26
2 $500 Dance Marathon 9
3 $500 Cardinal Kitchen 6
4 $500 Spectrum 5
5 Black Student Association 4
Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Student Gifts Match
Vice President, Ro-Anne Engle will match gifts from students who give to Student Affairs funds up to $500!
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
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