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Webster Works Worldwide

Helping Communities Around the World


Annually, Webster University sponsors a campus-wide community service day in partnership with local agencies and nonprofit organizations. Students, faculty, staff and alumni work in teams on projects including tutoring, painting, gardening, working with children or seniors, park and trail restoration, and fine arts projects. 

Note: During the academic year (2019-2020), we will put the one-day Webster Works Worldwide event on hold and undertake a review to determine how to improve the program and to strengthen the service-learning aspects that are so beneficial to our students. A task force will be established in the fall to look at how to define and deliver volunteer opportunities, service learning courses, and community engagement to create ongoing relationships between Webster University and the communities we serve.


A History of Webster Works Worldwide

Upon his arrival in 1994, former President Dr. Richard S. Meyers implemented a campus-wide community service day. The first WWW day was held on November 8, 1995. Teams and individual Webster students, faculty, staff and alumni identified a need in their neighborhoods. Through partnerships with local non-profit agencies, hospitals, parks, daycare centers and schools, volunteers took one day off from work and school to volunteer at various projects and help those in need.

What the volunteers and agencies learned from the experience left a lasting impression. Whether improving a playground, doing office work for a non-profit agency, raking leaves, painting a wall, delivering meals to the elderly or entertaining an appreciative audience, volunteers and service recipients alike shared an increased understanding of our interdependency - how even one day can make a difference to someone in need.

Today, Webster's annual community service day – appropriately titled Webster Works Worldwide – has grown into a worldwide University tradition. Held every October, volunteers and agencies alike look forward to partnering on projects that really matter to the community.

Since the start of Webster Works Worldwide, more than 36,000 volunteers have given more than 153,000 hours of service. No matter how Webster University volunteers choose to donate their time, they make a difference in their communities and help those in need. Because of every individual's effort, Webster Works Worldwide continues to grow in impact and meaning.

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