Hello and welcome to the Volunteer Center!
We are so glad that you looked us up! Below is some more detailed information about how to get involved as well as details about our programs.
When you are ready to start volunteering, check us out on Orgsync. All opportunities both internal and external will be posted here. We also suggest filling out this interest form as a way to get further details about each program (mainly sign-up dates and when applications open). If you have any complications connecting with volunteer opportunities, check out FAQ section.
Another great way to stay updated is by following up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We post on a daily basis about upcoming oportunities, open applications and community happenings.
Below are some descriptions of our programs and ways to get involved.
Adopt-A-Grandparent (AAG) is a co-mentoring program that seeks to foster positive, meaningful relationships between CMU students and residents at Maplewood Assisted Living, Andahwod Senior Care, Rosebush Manor, and Green Acres Assisted Living. The program matches students with a senior based on similar interests and each pair spends at least one hour per week together visiting, playing games, and learning from each other. Participants also attend monthly special events together and take part in activities like bingo, arts and crafts, and a talent show.
Through CMU Alternative Breaks (AB), students have the opportunity to develop into life-long acti ve citizens in local, national and global communities through diverse, direct-service experiences dedicated to social justice. Trips occur over the academic winter, spring, summer, and weekend breaks. Sites pair with a non-profit organization working to combat specific social issues. The trips are comprised of 12 students, including two trained student site leaders.
America Counts & Reads
America Counts & Reads (ACR) is a paid tutoring program administered by the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. The program focuses on improving children's reading and math skills. Tutors build the confidence of local elementary school children by encouraging to become life-long readers and learners. Each year over 900 second and third grade students in the community receive one-on-one tutoring through CMU's America Counts & Reads Program.
David Garcia Project
The David Garcia Project (DGP) is a program that works to promote and advocate for people with disabilities by educating CMU students through activities and reflection. We use activities that try to demonstrate what difficulties a person could encounter if they had a specific disability. This program does not aim at making students feel bad for people with disabilities, rather, it aims to educate people so they have a better understanding about the differences among people.
Lunch Buddies (LB) is a school-based mentoring program that aims to help elementary students form positive attitudes about school, encourage healthy nutrition and physical activity, and provide children with positive role models. CMU students serving as mentors help their Lunch Buddies become healthier, confident and excited about the future!
Special Events/On-Campus Service Projects/Social Justice Film & Speaker Series
Even if you don't have a car to get off campus, we host a number of "on-campus service projects" and other educational opportunities to get you connected with volunteerism! One on-site service project that we host is the Foster Care Blanket project where CMU students, RSOs, Greek organizations, or other groups create fleece tie blankets that are donated to children who are part of the Isabella County foster care system. This is one of many opportunities to do service right here on campus! In addition, we host the Social Justice Film & Speaker series where we bring in speakers and show documentaries and films related to social justice issues to educate students and reflect on what steps we can be taking to spread awareness and make a change!
Every year, the Volunteer Center holds special events to help build awareness and connect students to different issues facing society. These events include:
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Cardboard City)
MLK Day of Service
Valentines for Veterans
Be My Neighbor Day
Safer Sex Patrol
Safer Sex Patrol (SSP) is dedicated to educating CMU and the surrounding community about the importance of safer sex and abstinence as means to decrease the risk of spreading sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition to educational sessions, SSP hosts Bar Patrols where students visit local bars, handing out contraceptives and information about informed decisions.
Service Ambassadors is a program that consists of various service projects, held for a few hours every Friday afternoon during the academic year to engage students and connect them to the mid-Michigan community. Participants will meet in the Volunteer Center and head to a local service project in the mid-Michigan community. After the project, students will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and learn about other ways to get engage in service. As this program is meant to be an introduction to service at CMU, we ask that students explore other programs before attending subsequent Service Ambassadors trips.
We look forward to getting you connected to our programs and answering any questions you may have! Please feel free to stop into the Volunteer Center, Bovee UC 106 M-F 8AM-5PM, or call us at 989-774-7685 or email.