Service

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Students on an Alternative Break experience building a porch.
SERVICE IS A CORE VALUE OF THE HONORS PROGRAM

"To whom much is given, much is expected." 
-adapted from a quote Mary Gates wrote to her son Bill Gates and his future wife before their wedding.

The Honors Program promotes service at the highest level and in a variety of ways best suited to each individual's service interests.
 
In their intoductory Honors courses, students begin to explore the range of complex social issues that affect our world and begin to narrow their focus on those causes that they are most passionate about. Once a student identifies issues that match their passions, Honors can help connect that student with volunteer and service opportunties with non-profits, advocacy organizations, and special service projects that provide real world experience on the student's path to becoming an active citizen. Course readings and reflections emphasize how students can use their career and personal interests to make a difference for the greater good. 
 
Honors Service Opportunities
 
Volunteer Services Hours Requirement:
As part of the Honors Protocol, each Honors student agrees to complete a minimum of 120 hours of community service during their time at Central, but most Honors students complete double or triple the required amount of hours. Ultimately, the hours are secondary to students feeling vested in an area they care about. Honors graduates report back on a regular basis to share the great work they are doing in their local communities and their parts of the world, using their education and talents to make meaningful contributions to society.

Course Offerings:
The Honors Program collaborates with CMU faculty to offer special Honors Service Learning COurses, such as an annual course in Oaxaca, Mexico where Honors students work for three weeks with children in two local orphanages. Service Learning Courses have also been taught in Beijing, Miami, and Beaver Island and are geared toward solutions to a variety of contemporary issues.

Community Partners:
The Honors Program works alongside community organizations within Mount Pleasant and throughout Michigan to serve the needs of our local communities. Regular partners in Mount Pleasant have included The Strickler Center, Women's Aid, The Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, The Isabella County Restoration House, among others.

Partnership with the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center: 
The Honors Program works closely with CMU's Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center to engage students with branded programs such as Alternative Breaks, Issue Day, Lunch Buddies, and Adopt-A-Grandparent.  Many Honors students also participate in Global Bridgades which addresses medical and dental care, and environmental issues around the world.
 
Registered Student Organizations:
Through Registered Student Organizations, Honors students are able to interact with a range of local, state, national and international service agencies on issues such as hunger, homelessness, child abuse, disease, animal rights, literacy, education, environmental conservation, sustainability, healthcare and medical access, women's rights, etc. Many Honors students have launched Registered Student Organizations when they have seen a need but no campus group existed to help meet that need.
Global Brigades.jpgStudent taking a picture with members of a community on a Global Brigade excursion