Week of Oct. 12

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.

Alaska Business Development Center Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC)
This organization works with rural communities on tax assistance.  Many of those communities are native populations, some of which are off the grid.  Many of the native corporations pay dividends to members (i.e., if you’re a member of the tribe, you get cash, often from oil revenues), though some people have jobs, too (e.g., W-2’s).

The program is underwritten by the IRS, which funds the group in Anchorage.  The basic idea is that many of these individuals wouldn’t file taxes at all but for our help, so the IRS wants to facilitate returns—even though most people are getting refunds.

All of your expenses *within* Alaska are paid, including food, lodging, and transportation, but you are responsible for getting to Anchorage. Training takes approximately 40 hours, is completed online, and was developed by the IRS for their volunteer certifications.  It’s not hard, but is time-consuming.  The trip is February 21-27.

View the website for general information. An organizational meeting will be held October 23. For more information, contact Fritz Allhoff, J.D., Ph.D., fritz.allhoff@wmich.edu.

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The following opportunities are still available:

Bronco Study Zone
Bronco Study Zone has been welcoming a high volume of students this semester. In order to meet this demand, Student Success Services is offering a volunteer opportunity for any honors college students interested in tutoring at the BSZ a few hours each week.

A complimentary training session on the tutoring process is offered, but is not required. Volunteers are welcome to join weekly trainings on Monday or Friday at 1 p.m. Volunteers are able to offer help for any course in which they have received an A or BA. The BSZ is open Sunday 3 p.m. to midnight and Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to midnight.

If you would like to add tutoring experience to your volunteer record or resume, increase your organizational skills and further develop your interpersonal communication methods, contact Ben Carr (ben.carr@wmich.edu).

Boys and Girls Club
Are you interested in volunteering with kids? Join UCM (United Campus Ministry) in volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Learn more with this flier.

Habitat for Humanity
The WMU Habitat for Humanity campus chapter has weekly informational meetings. To get involved, learn more with this flier.

Bigs on Campus
If you missed our Bigs on Campus meeting, but want to learn how to make a big difference in the lives of youth in our community, contact Mary-Therese Courtade at Mary-ThereseCourtade@bbbsmi.org.

Bigs mentor a Kalamazoo high school student that is bused to campus twice a month. Get active in the Big Brothers Big Sisters RSO as a leader or member; either way you gain a valuable leadership opportunity while sharing your skills and talents.

Raising Of America Film Screening
5 more volunteers are needed on October 20 at Chenery Auditorium from 6 to 9 p.m. To volunteer contact Jane Baas at jane.baas@wmich.edu. Learn more with this flier.

Otsego Robotics Team
The Otsego Robotics Team is looking for engineering mentors. A Bronco alumna has built a wonderful STEM environment for these students and would like mentors to assist with the middle school’s robotics teams. Learn more with this flier, or contact Heather Kortlandt at hkortlandt@otsegops.org.

High School Tutor Needed

A local 11th-grader is looking for a volunteer tutor for Algebra II and Chemistry coursework. The student wants to be tutored and strives for academic success, but being patient and not critical is important. Interested students should email Ms. Jones, the student’s mother, at adiah.jones317@gmail.com.

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).

WMU Disability Services
Students with a valid driver’s license are needed 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.

 

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