BHLP Community Service

Service and Community Engagement Experiences are Inextricably Linked with Leadership Development.

In promoting this belief, our Blue Hen Leadership Program offers community service experiences for students registered in the program. We also partner with a variety of offices, departments, and student organizations to sponsor service activities. Some of these events may be held on campus; many of them will be held at off-campus locations.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Blue Hen Bounty Drive and Recipe Cards

Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 4–7 p.m.

Blue Hen Bounty is looking for help! Blue Hen Bounty is a community food pantry located in the St. Thomas Episcopal Church on College Avenue. It is open for all members of the greater University of Delaware community, every weekday morning. They are looking for toiletry and hygiene products. Please drop off donations at the BHLP Office.

Additionally, on Tuesday, February 21st, join us in the BHLP office to create recipe cards and other materials for members of the pantry. These recipe cards will feature food items that are highly-donated items to Blue Hen Bounty, to provide meal ideas to those who visit.

Email Kelsey Dunne at if you are interested in participating.

Brandywine Valley SPCA

Saturday, March 4, 2023, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Spend your Saturday morning giving back to animals and those who work with them! This service will include laundry, dishes, cleaning, helping the staff, and creating enrichment activities. You’ll get to see dogs, cats, and potentially other small animals. The morning concludes with a “pack walk,” where the group walks a few dogs around the yard.

The New Castle campus of the Brandywine Valley SPCA houses dozens of adoptable dogs and cats and the staff and volunteers work hard to make their stays as lovely as possible. Everything helps!

This service is limited to 14 volunteers.

Email Kelsey Dunne at if you are interested in participating.

Additional Service Opportunities

Students may engage in and complete community service on their own or through another organization and have it count towards BHLP Tier 1 requirements.  Please verify your service through the form below.

Virtual Service

We always encourage you to be safe and abide by all local/state covid guidelines. Depending on your situation, you may not be able to go into the community to engage in local service. If this applies to you, please check out the opportunities at the following link for more information on virtual service. The “Senior Homies” opportunity even comes with an opportunity to earn scholarships! You will still need to complete the Service Verification Form linked above to earn your service credit.

Alternative Breaks

BHLP Sponsors Alternative Break Programs every year. These programs focus on social issue-based service and development. The experiences consist of service initiatives throughout the semester leading up to the break during which the intensive program occurs, and an activism phase once students return to campus.

Spring Alternative Break Focus

Affordable Housing

Over Spring Break 2023, BHLP returns to New Bern, North Carolina, a community BHLP has worked with since 2012 on affordable housing issues. Join this legacy program and spend your spring break helping to build and repair houses in an incredibly welcoming community. New Bern, NC was devastated in Fall 2018 by Hurricane Florence and many homes in the area are still in need of repair. Your spring break will be well used serving and learning in this city!

Program dates: Weekly meetings throughout the spring semester. Travel dates between March 25–April 1, 2023.

Estimated cost: $400–$450. Logistics are being confirmed and a final cost will be available before contracts are signed.

Riya Moorthy

Riya Moorthy

Riya is a junior Exercise Science major with a minor Spanish for Healthcare. In freshman year she began her journey with BHLP with QUEST and before her second semester in January of 2020 she went on the Puerto Rico Alternative Break. Since then she completed Tier1, Tier 2, and is a current member of Tier 3. Her experience with BHLP and Alternative Breaks has been amazing and she is excited to take on the new position of service leader on the upcoming Spring Alternative Break. She cannot wait to meet all her fellow BHLPers that will be joining her on the service program!

John Tucker

John Tucker

John is currently a junior Management Information Systems major at UD. During his freshman year, he participated in QUEST as well as the Winter Alternative Break Program at Puerto Rico. Being a participant during the program allowed John to realize several things for both himself and opened his eyes to the world around him. Learning how he worked in both an individual and group reflection helped form his leadership style. As a Service Leader, he hopes to replicate this experience with his peers and hopes that everyone is able to learn something about themselves and their communities on this program.

Service Leaders


Joseph Mild

Joseph Mild

Hello everyone! My name is Joseph Mild and I am a sophomore biochemistry major from Bound Brook, New Jersey. I enjoy reading, cooking, and creative expression in art, writing, and photography, as well as enriching my understanding of the world through research and intellectual conversations. Having learned an immense amount about service and leadership through my past involvements with BHLP, I am excited to further this by being a service leader for the alternative spring break program in New Bern, North Carolina, and look forward to the new challenges and opportunities for growth that this will entail.

Jenny Ziegler

Tony Denney

Tony Denney is a Senior at UD studying Entrepreneurship and Marketing with a minor in Organizational and Community Leadership. He is currently a Tier 4 member of BHLP and has been involved with BHLP since freshman year. It has been amazing to be involved with BHLP and develop his leadership skills. He is so excited to be able to put some of the leadership skills he’s gathered into practice. In his free time, you can find Tony playing video games, reading a new book, or making plant-based gummy candy in his kitchen as part of a small business he’s trying to launch!