Voluntary work is one of the cornerstones of the Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to place the Saudi Kingdom in the forefront of the world countries. The great importance of voluntary work is centered on developing the skills of the country's students and employees by them participating in new experiences, in addition to spreading a culture of loving to help others. Voluntary work is one of the actions that Islam has urged, as it contributes to the solidarity of the society, encouraging the citizens to work as a team. The goal of voluntary work is not material gain, rather it aspires to something higher than that; it focuses on the interest and renaissance of the individual, society, and state, achieving benefit for all, without exception. In addition, voluntary work saves the financial costs of providing some simple services, which contributes to significantly improving and strengthening the economy.
Accordingly, Umm Al-Qura University has attached great importance to voluntary work and community service. It is considered one of the goals of the university's mission. Therefore, the UQU College of Medicine has been proactive in achieving this goal, as it contributed in serving the visitors of the country for Hajj and Umrah. Moreover, voluntary work has become part of its study program; it is imperative for all college students to participate in voluntary work as one of the requirements to obtain their university degree.
Consequently, the Unit of Community Service, Pilgrims Service and Entrepreneurship at the College of Medicine aims at:
- Supporting and encouraging voluntary work performed by both students and faculty members.
- Providing awareness services and programs throughout the year, given by the students under the supervision of college faculty members, to increase community awareness and education on health matters. This contributes to improving the health of the community and reducing the spread of diseases among its members, in addition to educating them on the most important first aid methods and how to deal with patients and injured people in the absence of specialists.
- Coordinating with the concerned authorities inside and outside the university to provide voluntary programs and services for visitors of the Sacred Mosque during the month of Ramadan.
- Supervising the voluntary and systematic pilgrimage program and forming committees related to it, including faculty members and students at the College of Medicine, with the aim of providing the best service to the pilgrims of the Sacred Mosque and providing them with the necessary medical services during the performance of their rituals.
- Encouraging and supporting the culture of entrepreneurship among college employees, students, and faculty members, and developing and supporting their ideas to produce projects that serve the community, in coordination with the competent entities at the university, such as Wadi Makkah and the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition, courses to develop and improve the skills of college employees, students, and faculty members, to come up with products of value and benefit are provided.
- Creating a database of voluntary work and projects undertaken by the college employees, students, and faculty members, to benefit from them in improving the services offered and contribute to the definition of services provided by the college as well as to recording its contribution to community service.