In addition to the hundreds of volunteer opportunities available through our community partners and in-house programs, we hold special events to help build awareness and connect students to different issues facing society. These events include:
On Campus Service Events
If you do not have access to transportation and still want to get involved with service, we offer a number of ways that you can give back right here on campus! Join us for films, speakers, and service projects that take place throughout each semester!
One of our activities includes the Foster Care Blanket Project where CMU students and groups create fleece blankets that are donated to the Isabella County Department of Health and Human Services Foster Care Unit. These blankets are then given to children in the Foster Care system in Isabella County as well as surrounding communities. Students also participate in creating healthy snack packs and trail mix bags that are given to a number of organizations around the mid-Michigan area to provide treats for children in need.
These are only a few of the projects you can get involved with! Check out OrgSync to see dates and times and to RSVP.
If your student organization or group would like to fund a project and have a representative from the Volunteer Center host a service project, facilitate educational discussion and reflection, and donate the end products to the organizations that we partner with, contact the Volunteer Center for more information!
9/11 Ribbons for Remembrance
Every year the Volunteer Center hosts the Ribbons for Remembrance Campaign in honor of 9/11 and to remember the events of September 11th, 2001.
Ribbons for Remembrance takes place the second week of the school year. Red, white, and blue ribbons are available for free in the Volunteer Center. Please stop by to show your support for those affected by the events of 2001.
Additional service opportunities are available this week as well. The Events program partners with the David Garcia Project, whose namesake was an employee in the World Trade Center in 2001.
Be sure to follow our social media pages to stay in the loop on 2018's Ribbons to Remember campaign!
Issue Day Social Justice & Leadership Conference
Issue Day is a one-day social justice and leadership conference that is designed to educate and empower students to take action on a variety of social justice issues. Students listen to an engaging keynote presentation and then attend two breakout sessions of their choosing. There are many topics to choose from. Last year's conference featured speakers on men's health screening, rural poverty, civic engagement, and housing instability. This is the only conference of its kind in the state of Michigan. Registration is FREE for all CMU students, faculty and staff and is a great professional development opportunity and resume builder!
Issue Day 2018 will be held on October 27th from 9am-12pm.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week & Cardboard City
Every November, the Volunteer Center hosts a number of service events during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week including the Foster Care Blanket Project, healthy snack pack kit stuffing for the Community Compassion Network's Nutrition Club, and more!
The centerpiece of Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week is Cardboard City. This is an event where students sleep outside on the lawn of the Park Library in cardboard boxes to advocate and raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Mt. Pleasant and around the world.
*Depending on weather, the event may end sooner than planned for your safety
MLK Jr. Day of Service
The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center helps to make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a "day on" rather than a day off! Service projects are offered throughout the UC and typically take place after the Peace Brunch and before the Unity March. Students will meet in the UC Rotunda.
Valentines for Veterans
Each year, the Volunteer Center sends hundreds of handmade Valentine's Day cards to Veterans Hospitals throughout Michigan to show our support to those who served our country. During the week of Valentine's Day, Volunteer Center staff members, along with the university President, make a trip to the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw to hand-deliver some of these cards to the residents!
Individuals and groups are asked to make these Valentine's Day cards throughout the year and deliver them to the Volunteer Center. Closer to Valentine's Day, we will provide a number of craft supplies and will invite individuals and groups to our office to decorate cards on-site.
CMU students and alumni take a day to give back to the community during Be My Neighbor Day in April, traditionally held at the end of National Volunteer Week. Individuals and groups on campus, as well as alumni, have been coming together to give back since the formation of the Volunteer Center in 1992.
Students have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Restore, Laurels Assisted Living Community, the Isabella County Parks and Rec, Hope Well Ranch, Goodwill and many other community organizations.
Be My Neighbor Day will be on Saturday, April 13th, 2018. Participants are asked to report to the Down Under Food Court, located in the Bovee UC, at 9:00AM to sign-in. Service typically takes place from 10AM-12PM.