By 2002, the Volunteer Center had a website and a new volunteer database called Volunteer CENTRAL, which contained vast amounts of volunteer opportunities that students could sign up for online. Programming also continued to expand with the Alternative Breaks program; the program grew to include year-round programming with the addition of Winter Break, Summer Break and more weekends. The Safer Sex Patrol (prevention of STI educational program) and the David Garcia Project (disabilities awareness education) were also added to regular programming. In 2004, the Volunteer Center successfully wrote a grant to obtain our first Michigan Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, whose purpose was to work full-time with mentoring programs such as America Reads, and the newly formed Lunch Buddies and Adopt-A-Grandparent.
The Volunteer Center now houses a searchable online database of volunteer opportunities for CMU students called OrgSync which coordinates civic engagement efforts across campus, and helps administer the Volunteer Center's many programs. Additionally, the Volunteer Center provides service and advocacy events throughout the academic year, including: Issue Day, MLK Day of Service, Valentines for Veterans, Be My Neighbor Day, and various other events. Furthermore, the CMU Volunteer Center Alumni Affinity group was created by a core group of alums who continue to be involved in a multitude of ways with the Volunteer Center and community partners.
The Volunteer Center has been recognized by the President's Higher Education Service Honor Roll every year since its inception in 2006, including special recognition for assisting in Hurricane Katrina Compassion efforts.
If you are interested in obtaining more information about the Volunteer Center or would like to have a Volunteer Center spokesperson visit your organization through our Speaker's Bureau, please stop by our office, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 989-774-7685.