Week of Jan. 10

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.

MLK Celebration

The 2016 MLK Celebration is looking for volunteers to assist in facilitating events. Many opportunities are available on campus and around Kalamazoo. Learn more about the MLK Celebration here. If you would like to sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Kleinstuck Preserve

The Stewards of Kleinstuck unite neighbors, ecologists and WMU land managers to create a healthier, more diverse and beautiful ecosystem in the Kleinstuck Preserve, for the benefit of our community and wildlife.  Join them in 2016 as they plan to continue restoring habitat by removing invasive species, controlling erosion, and planting native grasses, trees and wildflowers.

Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in partnership with Volunteer Kalamazoo. The MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” To register, click here.

Sunday, Feb. 14: If you are interested in volunteering with the Kleinstuck Preserve regularly, please visit their website.

Prevention Works Casino Night

Approximately fifty volunteers are needed for a charity casino night event on Feb. 6 benefiting Prevention Works, a licensed non-profit agency whose mission is to build stronger communities by providing comprehensive health education services to Kalamazoo County youth and families. Casino Night is their largest fundraiser, and proceeds will help improve lives by providing warm meals to at-risk families at family programs; educating youth on topics like alcohol, tobacco, drugs, violence, bullying and healthy choices; offering training for high school peer educators and much more.

View this flier for more information, or register to volunteer here.

Career Fairs

Career and Student Employment Services has two opportunities for volunteering in February – the Career Fair held on Feb. 11 and the Government and Nonprofit Fair held on Feb. 12.

Students have the opportunity to closely interact with employers by helping them to their booth and assisting them with setup. Volunteering shows employers that you give your time to help others; this makes an excellent first impression with recruiters, and is a great opportunity to practice speaking with HR professionals about yourself in a career fair setting. Volunteers are provided lunch and can receive service hours for multiple organizations or courses.

Questions? Contact the Employer Relations Team at career-fair@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2745.

If you would like to volunteer for either or both of these fairs, click the appropriate link: Career Fair 2016 or Government and Nonprofit Fair 2016.

Tutor Time

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 4-5:15 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.

The following opportunities are still available:

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC)

The KDCCC is a non-profit organization that offers free, part-time childcare for income eligible families. KDCCC gives parents time to search for employment or housing, keep necessary appointments, go to school, or take a healthy break from the demands of parenting. Volunteers assist the staff in the daily operation of the childcare and are needed to allow KDCCC to operate up to our full capacity. The Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center is located in the basement of the First Congregational Church, UCC at 345 W. Michigan Ave., right on the corner of Park St. and Michigan Ave. Learn more with this flier.

United Way Early Reading Grant – Reading Mentorship Program

Community volunteers are needed to take part in the Reading Mentorship Program as part of the United Way Early Reading Grant. Through this mentorship program, you will volunteer on a weekly basis as a reading mentor and will participate in reading activities with your mentee, which will be a student in preschool, kindergarten or first grade. If you are interested in volunteering, complete this form. Learn more with this flier.

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.

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