Signature Programs

Splash into Service


Each year as part of Week of Welcome, the Center for Leadership and Service, plans Splash into Service to give first-year students a taste of service at Agnes. Formerly known as Service Saturday, the day begins with a shared meal before students depart to their service locations. The day concludes with reflection on the day’s events and participants experiences. This event that brings together students, faculty, and staff to work together on several projects. Beginning the day with a shared meal, then departing to service sites, participants engage with the wider Metro Atlanta community and learn how they can make a difference.

Splash into Service for the 2017-2018 year will on Saturday, August 26th. The focus of this year’s event is food and we will be working with both Global Growers Network and the Atlanta Community Foodbank.

Global Growers Network's mission is to "create opportunities in sustainable agriculture in Georgia, by growing good food, training farmers, and providing economic opportunity." For more information visit their website at:

Atlanta Community Food Bank's mission is to "fight hunger by engaging, educating and empowering our community" More information about the Atlanta Community Food Bank can be found at

The deadline to sign-up for Splash into Service is August 22nd. To sign up, please visit the Scotties Serve site



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


The first observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States occurred in 1986 after years of lobbying for a holiday to remember the slain civil rights activist and leader. Two years after the first observance Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry Harris Wofford, who was a close friend and colleague of Dr. King during the civil rights movement, and his executive assistant, Todd Bernstein shared a conversation about how the holiday had become just another day off for many Americans. They felt that Dr. King would be appalled to see that people, especially young people, were using a day to memorialize him to sleep in, go shopping, or watch tv. Wofford and Bernstein thought that the day should be used for action and social justice.

What began as a small project restoring a Habitat for Humanity house in North Philadelphia, expanded across the nation, led to federal legislation challenging Americans to make MLK Day a day of volunteer service and citizen action in 1994.

At Agnes Scott College, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service brings Scotties together with the City of Decatur for their annual day of service. In past years, projects have included tutoring at an elementary school, clean-up in historic Decatur Cemetery, and weatherization projects for low-income housing.

The 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 15th, 2018. More details, including a registration form, will become available once the project is confirmed. 


Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event

Every year, the Center for Leadership and Service hosts a Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) Meal Packaging Event. Rise Against Hunger is "driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Their mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources." Rise Against Hunger takes the meals packaged at events like the one at Agnes Scott College and "distribute meals through feeding programs operated by partner organizations in developing countries that promote education, encourage children to attend school, improve students’ health and nutrition, address gender inequalities, stimulate economic growth, fight child labor, and are crucial to address global issues." 

The Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event for 2017 is on November 17 at 7pm in Upper Evans. You can sign up on Scotties Serve