Office of Student Life

Leadership and Community Engagement

Community Commitment

Community Commitment 2023 will be Saturday, August 26!

Join your fellow Buckeyes in a day of service. Become connected to the Columbus community at Pay It Forward’s 26th 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 our 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 in a variety of social justice issues, such as environmental stewardship, homeless/houseless citizen support, mental health advocacy, healthy food access, child welfare, and support for our frontline workers.


All participants should be at the Ohio Union at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26. 


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 - registration will begin the day of at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 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 21. Pre-registration can be done at the following link:

Do you want volunteer to be a site leader?

Site Leaders are volunteering students who 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.

Students can register to be site leaders at the following link by no later than Monday, August 21 to allow time to complete the brief, mandatory online training: 

All Site Leaders will receive a Starbucks gift card as a thank you for going above and beyond!


Please email

Are you an agency looking to participate?

  • Agency registration for Community Commitment can be completed here:
  • If you are interested in partnering with Pay It Forward for a community service opportunity during the 2023-2024 academic year, please email