Week of Sept. 21

Any opportunity listed on this website can be used to meet the honors college volunteer requirement.

If you’re looking for an off-campus opportunity, Volunteer Kalamazoo is always a wonderful resource.

Some upcoming WMU sponsored events include the following:

Tutor Time is a program that works with elementary students from Winchell Elementary School to provide homework and reading help. Tutor Time is located at the Evergreen South Apartment Complex and runs Monday through Thursday from 4:00-5:15 p.m. There is a need for student volunteers. Volunteers can do as many days as they would like but are asked to commit to a minimum of one day a week. Carpooling is a possibility if you do not have a vehicle. The program is currently getting underway. If you are interested in becoming a part of Tutor Time, email Hayley Weston at hayley.m.weston@wmich.edu with availability or any questions or concerns.

WMU Disability Services for Students is looking for students with a valid driver’s license to drive a gator around campus for students who have temporary mobility disabilities. If you have a driver’s license and are willing to complete a training course, please contact Katie Edson, Transportation Coordinator at Disability Services for Students at DSS-Transportation@wmich.edu.

The Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposed CLEANUP plan for the Kalamazoo River ALLIED LANDFILL, portion of the Superfund Site located in the middle of Kalamazoo, on September 30th.  We need your help to create an informed public and encourage citizens to engage in and provide input to the decision-making process. Please respond to Dr. Denise Keele (denise.keele@wmich.edu) to volunteer to help distribute informational materials on the upcoming decision and process to residents living in the closest proximity to the Allied Landfill, the neighborhoods of Milwood, Edison, Westnedge Hill and S Westnedge. An overview of the options, materials and a brief session on how to canvass will be provided, so all you need to bring is yourself! The canvassing day/times are: Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th. These events are co-sponsored by the WMU Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition, and in collaboration with the EPA. As a bonus, PIZZA WILL BE PROVIDED BOTH DAYS!

On Wednesday, September 30th at 4 p.m. Mary-Therese Courtade, director of mentoring programs for Communities in Schools Kalamazoo, will be in the honors college lounge to provide information regarding starting a “Bigs on Campus” program that would involve WMU sophomores mentoring high school juniors for two hours a month on the WMU campus. Peer-to-peer mentoring has a tremendous impact on improving college enrollment, and you can be the difference to these high school students!

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The following opportunities are still available:

Gibbs House Permaculture Research and Demonstration Site
The Gibbs House is an emerging program run by the Office for Sustainability that serves as a living laboratory for students to implement their sustainable design solutions and projects. Honors college students that are interested in volunteer or research opportunities should contact Derek Kanwischer (derek.kanwischer@wmich.edu).

Michigan Autism Conference
Volunteers needed October 8 and 9 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kalamazoo. View the MAC 2015 Volunteer Flyer and contact Kimberly Peck (Kimberly.m.peck@wmich.edu) if you are interested.

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