Service Ambassadors Volunteer
Hometown: Tipton, Mich.
Meet Cody, an Honors Program student who double majors in biochemistry and philosophy while balancing his time as a Service Ambassador with the Volunteer Center. The Service Ambassadors program gives students the opportunity to connect to CMU while volunteering within the Mount Pleasant community and beyond — offering free transportation, a meal and a short reflection following the service tasks where students discuss the impact their service has in the community.
In his time in the Service Ambassadors program, Cody has volunteered with the Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum, Women’s Aid Service, Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, Commission on Aging and the Humane Animal Treatment Society. “There’s a huge impact in the service hours we put in. It’s good to know that you can take a little bit of your time and help those people who are helping others.”
Throwing the bone. “When I went to the Volunteer Center, I tried out many social issues. The one that stuck out to me is animal care. Everything you do with an animal is important because they’re dependent on humans. For me personally, it was a great way to find myself.”
Taking a walk. “Volunteering is a big part of my education. Having the skills to work with people as a medical scientist is something I’m going to have to be good at. When I volunteer, I’m connecting with people. That’s what I’ll be doing as a doctor.”
Paws on. “You have to focus on the issue and not the tasks you’re doing. You have to look at the impact you’re making. That’s what makes a good volunteer. There’s a social issue out there for everyone. You just have to find your passion.”
CMU students impacting their community
Highlights of the Volunteer Center include:
- CMU’s Volunteer Center has been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006 for solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.
- The Volunteer Center offers a variety of service projects year-round, including Lunch Buddies, Adopt-A-Grandparent, America Counts and Reads, and the David Garcia Project.
- CMU’s Alternative Breaks program organizes approximately 40 trips throughout the academic calendar with more than 400 students volunteering.