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Serving Africa Together

Nelson Mandela once said, “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

With that sentiment in mind, YALIServes continues the legacy of Nelson Mandela through volunteerism. YALIServes encourages all members of the YALI Network to perform acts of service during the week of International Nelson Mandela Day – July 18. 

This year, the YALIServes campaign focuses on the small acts of service that can be done within our communities. Stay tuned to this page for resources, tips, and guidance on how to perform acts of service that uplift your community. 

By joining YALIServes, you are joining together with leaders across all of Africa to inspire, volunteer, and lead events in your communities. Take action today and start giving back to your community.


Ways to Perform Small Acts of Service

There are many ways that you can uplift and add to your community. Use the infographic below as inspiration for performing small acts of service within your community.

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Community Organizing for Action

Learn how to inspire and engage volunteers to be proactive in their communities and organize grassroots campaigns.




YALI Voices: Joy of Volunteering

If you think volunteering is just about working for free, you’re missing an opportunity. This five-part vignette series outlines the benefits of volunteering and how it’s not only important for your community but is a smart way to develop and enhance your professional skills. You can also view these vignettes en Français or em Português.



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Read stories from YALI Network members, find tips, and learn more about the importance of community service on the YALI Network Blog.