Community Service – Week of Jan. 24

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.

Disability Services for Students (DSS)
DSS has three positions for student volunteers.

Reading tests – The volunteer and a student, who is registered and taking a test in the DSS office, will be placed together in one of the testing rooms. The volunteer and the student will both have a copy of the exam and the volunteer will read questions and/or multiple choice answers for the student – whatever best suits their needs.

Scribe for tests – The volunteer and student will be together in a testing room. The volunteer will either be typing answers to short answer/essay questions or completing a Scantron for the student. Don’t worry – volunteers do not need to have “good handwriting” to do this!

Transportation – Volunteering for transportation does require a training session. Volunteers will learn how to drive the gator, where the garage is and basic information about the office. This is a service offered to students who have temporary mobility issues such as a broken leg, ankle, etc. Volunteers drive them from class to class, or class to dorm, etc. This service is offered ON CAMPUS only.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please express which area you are interested in and send your availability to Katie Lynne Edson at

CELCIS Global Engagement Opportunities
The Center for English Language and Culture for International Students (CELCIS) seeks volunteers to assist international students by practicing English with them and engaging in cultural and recreational activities. This can be achieved in a variety of ways:

  • Study Table: an event led by a CELCIS faculty member where students can gain homework assistance and talk to other students.
  • Conversation Circles: a small group event guided by a fluent English speaking student worker weekly during the semester where conversations occur about campus life, U.S./Michigan culture and topics of interest to the group.
  • Recreational/Cultural Activities: these activities are held throughout the semester during the daytime, evenings and weekends. These activities vary according to the weather, time of year, student requests and past successful events. (horseback riding, Miller Auditorium events, shopping trips, sporting events, etc).

For more information or to volunteer contact Melissa Ray at

Film Festival
Volunteers are needed to assist with a film festival organized through WMU for the community in March. Tasks include researching films, posting articles to local websites, posting this event on local calendars and spreading posters around the community. This could take 10 to 20 hours from January to March.

The ideal candidate should have some marketing or communication knowledge and/or speak at least one foreign language, as the films are in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Russian, German and Roman/Latin.

For more information or to volunteer contact Marjorie Zippert at

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 with availability or any questions or concerns.

2016 CCM/ECHL Hockey Heritage Week
This weeklong celebration runs Feb. 1-6 and is the only one of its kind in professional hockey. Over the course of six days, the K-Wings and Wings Event Center will be welcoming the Stanley Cup, Hockey Hall of Fame exhibits and games from Toronto, two games with the Toledo Walleye (Feb. 5 and 6) and much more.

Volunteers are needed to facilitate guests’ viewing the exhibits and playing the games. All volunteers will be provided a special edition Hockey Heritage t-shirt, pin, puck and game ticket for the day you volunteer.

Shifts needed: Friday, Feb. 5: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (7 slots)

Saturday, Feb. 6: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (4 slots)

Saturday, Feb. 6: 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (8 slots)

Volunteers will be scheduled in four-hour shifts. Shift preferences will be handled on a first come, first served basis. Please reserve your spot(s) no later than Friday, Jan. 29. For questions or to volunteer, contact Luther Sly at

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 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.

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.

Sunday, Feb. 14 is the next workday. If you are interested in volunteering with the Kleinstuck Preserve, please visit their website.

Regional Science Olympiad
The Regional Science Olympiad, held Feb. 27 on the WMU campus, is seeking individual volunteers and groups that are needed to assist in running events and directing students to their events and different buildings. If you are a part of a group that would like to run an event, please email Naomi ( as soon as possible. Individual student volunteers please register here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, please contact Naomi Van Dien at

Great Lakes PeaceJam
Great Lakes PeaceJam is an innovative movement that connects youth and Nobel Peace Laureates through service to the community. The 2016 PeaceJam Youth Conference will be held on the WMU campus March 19-20.

There are multiple opportunities for WMU students to connect and engage, primarily as college mentors who will facilitate the conference for the high school PeaceJam participants.

For more information please contact Jeffrey Jones at

Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run for the Health of It!
The Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess Run for the Health of It! needs around 2,000 volunteers to execute this event. Volunteers help with aid stations, packet pick up, set up, the kids’ run and more.  Both group and individual opportunities are available May 6-9 for the event on May 8.  For more details and to sign up visit: For questions or more information contact Cheryl Pickett at 269-345-1913 or

The following opportunities are available year-round:

Bronco Study Zone (BSZ)
Student Success Services is offering volunteer opportunities for Lee Honors College students interested in tutoring at the Bronco Study Zone in Waldo Library.

Volunteers can offer tutoring help for any course in which they have earned an A or BA (or equivalent transfer credit). Free training on the tutoring process is provided before starting and volunteers are invited to come to one additional training session each month to review tutoring strategies and success activities for students.

If you would like to add tutoring/mentoring experience to your resume, further develop your interpersonal communication skill set, and are interested in helping others succeed academically, contact for more information.

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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