Office of Student Life

Community Commitment

Community Commitment 2024 will be Saturday, August 24!

Join your fellow Buckeyes in a day of service. Get connected to the Columbus community at Pay It Forward’s 27th Annual Community Commitment. Since 1997, Buckeyes have started the new school year by coming together to serve the Columbus community.

Whether you volunteer together with your student organization, a group of friends, or want to get involved individually, all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are invited to join Pay It Forward as we ring in the new academic year by giving back to the city of Columbus through a morning of community service! Students will have the opportunity to participate in 2-3 hours of community service with a local nonprofit around a variety of community issues.

Registration for Community Commitment 2024 starts at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. Breakfast will be provided, and there will be a brief opening ceremony before students are sent out to complete their service. Service will take place from, approximately, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

We look forward to serving with you!

Are you looking to serve as an individual? 

We are so excited to have you join us as an individual at Community Commitment! There will be no pre-registration for individuals - individual registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24 at the Ohio Union. 

Are you looking to register your organization or group to serve together? 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Community Commitment! Pre-registration allows student organization members and groups larger than five to have preference of being paired together at the same service site(s). All student groups must pre-register by no later than Monday, August 19. All group participants should arrive at the Ohio Union by 9:30 a.m. on the day of the event for group check-in.

Group pre-registration can be done here.

Do you want volunteer to be a site leader?

Site Leaders are students who volunteer to serve as peer leaders and liasons for the Community Commitment team for the day of the event. Site Leaders help to ensure a successful service engagement by reaching out to the Community Commitment team in the event of any troubleshooting needs and provide energy and enthusiasm to fellow students for the day of service. Site Leaders will receive a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for going above and beyond! All site leaders must be actively enrolled Ohio State students in order to participate as a site leader and to recieve their gift card.

Students must register to be site leaders here by no later than Monday, August 19 to allow time to complete the brief online training. 



Please email

Are you an agency looking to participate?

  • Agency registration for Community Commitment 2024 can be completed here.
  • If you are interested in partnering with Pay It Forward for a community service opportunity during the 2024-2025 academic year, please email