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.
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 26,000 volunteers have given more than 113,000 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.
"Thank you for making our residents feel like there is someone out there that truly cares about them."
- Mary Ryder Home
"Your organization has this day very well-organized and we look forward to working with you every year. Thanks for making a difference."
- St. Louis County Parks
"The mural that was painted in the good pantry is great! Students were very nice and did a great job!"
- Circle of Concern
"Participants were attentive to the sharing of our mission; flexible about adjustments to work projects; and, gracious and good-humored during service — a wonderful team. Thank you!"
- The Bridge