CBU Serves: Connecting. Collaborating. Caring.

During this special Christian Brothers University sesquicentennial year, it seems fitting and appropriate that Christian Brothers University is beginning its 10th year of September of Service and marking a new chapter in a beloved tradition here at CBU.

In the past, September of Service was a month-long, student-led project started in 2012 by Dr. Tracie Burke, with the aim to partner with a different Memphis non-profit organization every day in September while upholding the Lasallian values, engaging Memphis communities through leadership, and inspiring spiritual growth through service. Please join this year’s CBU Serves/SOS Leaders in bringing that experience to a new generation of students at CBU and expanding it to the year-long CBU Serves.

To honor the SOS tradition, September will offer five volunteer community engagement events, which you can view and sign up for here:

CBU Community Garden
September 4 at Stritch Hall, 1:00-4:00 pm
10 volunteers needed. Pulling weeds, planting, transporting soil, and yard work.

Mid-South Food Bank
September 9 at 3865 S. Perkins Avenue, 1:00-3:00 pm
30 Volunteers. Work as teams to prepare mass amount of meal kits and move supplies for those in need.

Memphis Tilth
September 16 at 575 Suzette Street, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
25 volunteers needed. Planting baby plants, weeding, using garden tools, and yard work.

Paint Memphis
September 19 at 660 S. B.B. King Blvd., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
25 Volunteers. Refresh surfaces of decrepit lots with a new coat of paint and door-to-door surveys.

Clean Memphis
September 26 at 2514 Park Avenue, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Max volunteers: 30. Using Litterati app to document litter during cleanup at this Orange Mound location with Clean Memphis.

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER! Select the service events you’d like to join.

Each month after September, alongside much-needed service projects with local non-profit organizations, CBU Serves will also implement the following three events:

  • Breaking Bread Events
    Some service events will include a meal — ideally from a local, BIPOC owned restaurant — to be shared between the CBU volunteers, non-profit staff, and other community members. This will be a time of reflection and recreation as we know eating food together is a necessary and enjoyable way of building inclusive communities, a core Lasallian principle.
  • The Read to Serve Book Club
    Occurring every other month, this on-campus event will include a shared reading on a social justice issue and will be paired with a relevant service opportunity. When available, community partners may join in. Would you like to join the Read to Serve Book Club early mailing list? The first 30 participants will receive a free book — sign up at the link above!
  • Digging Deeper
    Introduced during SOS 2020, this series asks us to “dig deep” to answer the question, “Why do we serve?” In these sessions, we discuss social justice initiatives in Memphis with local community partners through roundtable discussions, panels, demonstrations, and/or field trips on a monthly basis.
CBU Serves Timeline


Alexis Burnett aburnet2@cbu.edu
Olivia Dees odees@cbu.edu
Kaitlin Woods kwoods13@cbu.edu
Lin Yang lyang@cbu.edu