How do I start volunteering?
While there are countless ways to volunteer while at Central Michigan University, the best way to get connected is by following our student guide. By following the steps on this page you will get connected to dozens of volunteer experiences through our Engage Central database as well as our weekly newsletter. Before you start volunteering, it will be helpful to have an idea of what type of service you are looking to do and how much time you are able to commit.
I need volunteers. How do I recruit CMU students?
Please visit our community partner page for all the ways we can help.
Can the Volunteer Center give a presentation?
We are able to give presentations to your group/organization/class on a variety of topics. We are also able to facilitate several different on-site service projects. Please follow this link for more information and to submit a request.
I’m not a registered CMU student. How can I volunteer?
Contact your local community organizations (Rotary, Optimist Club, Kiwanis, United Way) and ask them to help you find a volunteer event that suit your interests and availability. You can also visit our "Global Campus Students" page in order to access several websites that focus on connecting active citizens to non-profits in their local community.
You can also search our Engage Central page for volunteer opportunities occurring in the Mid-Michigan area (although some features may be disabled without signing in). Although campus based programs are limited to registered students, many of the non-profit postings are open to community members as well. If you have any questions, please contact us at 989-774-7685 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Engage Central?
Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center Engage Central page. Engage Central also allows students to track volunteer hours and print a record of their involvement.
Engage Central is the main communication tool that all 300+ registered student organizations, fraternities and sororities, university offices, and the Volunteer Center utilize to connect with students. We post all of our volunteer events and opportunities on the
Create an Engage Central account!
Engage Central with your CMICH Global ID and password. New users will need to fill out basic profile information. If you have any problems setting up your account, please contact Student Activities and Involvement.
I signed up for an ongoing event and wasn’t given a specific time to show up to volunteer. What should I do?
The majority of our non-office service opportunities require you to contact the coordinating organization. Unless you fill out a registration or application form, you most likely are not registered for that service opportunity until you contact the organization. Sign-up details will be specified on each post. Alternative Breaks is the one exception where you will simply click RSVP and you will not fill out a form or receive an immediate communication. As long as you are RSVP'd for an Alternative Break Engage Central event, you have a spot.
None of the listed projects interest me but I still want to volunteer, are there more opportunities available?
Call or visit the Volunteer Center and we will help find an opportunity to fit your skills and schedule. If you have a specific service idea in mind that is not currently offered, we may be able to help you facilitate the creation of a new program or service project. Also, continue to check Engage Cenrral often because new volunteer opportunities are added daily.
Why do I have to sign a release form?
Before volunteering, it is required that all students read and sign a release of liability form. As such, volunteers must be over 18 or have a parent/guardian signature on a paper version of the form (stop by UC 106). This is a mandatory step when students first log onto OrgSync. It is important that students, faculty, and staff are aware that while volunteering provides critical learning and transformative experiences, it is not completely free from risk. The nature of working with partners outside of CMU means we are unable to account for everything a student might encounter. However, the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center staff devotes much of its time to working with our partners to develop safe environments. Additionally, we train students, in our programs, on how to navigate these environments and make the best choices, regardless of scenario.
How do I log my volunteer hours and why should I do this?
You can find a guide at the bottom of our student section linked here.
I forgot my password/username. What should I do?
Contact the Help Desk at 989.774.3662. They will guide you through the process of resetting your password.