Community Service – Week of Sept. 19

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, FOCUS Kalamazoo is always a wonderful resource.

FOCUS Kalamazoo:
FOCUS Kalamazoo is a Registered Student Organization that connects individuals and groups to volunteer with different non-profit organizations in the Kalamazoo area. Any individual may volunteer for any reason. The volunteer dates for this semester are:

  • Oct. 23 at Rickman House from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 19 at Habitat for Humanity from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 at Friendship Village from 10:30 a.m. to noon

To get involved, simply complete the application. For more information, contact Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Volunteer Relations Director, at volunteerrelations.focus@gmail.com or (517 )410-3191.

High School to Health Career Mentor Program:
Western Regional Area Health Education Center  is seeking honors college mentors for their High School to Health Career Mentor Program. Mentors are matched with a Van Buren County high school student interested in a health career. This program begins in November and runs through April 2017. Discussion outlines are provided for every meeting. Mentors are required to travel to Lawrence just three times. The remaining meetings may be held remotely via phone, email, Skype or Google Hangout. For more information, or to sign up, contact Melissa Ponstein at melissa.ponstein@wmich.edu or (616)771-9494.

Tutor Time:
Tutor Time is an after school tutoring program that helps students from Winchell Elementary School with homework and reading. Tutor Time is located at the Evergreen South Apartment Complex and is available Monday through Thursday from 4 to 5:15 p.m., beginning Sept. 19. Volunteers may help as many days as they wish but ask for a minimum commitment of one day per week. Transportation may be provided. To learn more or to sign up, contact Cheyenne Earl at
cheyenne.a.earl@wmich.edu.

Alternative Bronco Breaks:
Looking for community service hours?
Alternative Bronco Breaks has immediate needs for volunteers to drive golf carts at all WMU home football games. For more information, contact Kaelyn Pace at kaelyn.m.pace@wmich.edu or (708)259-7209.

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FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Education Program:
The WMU
FIRE! Sexual Assault Peer Education Program, offered by the Office of Health Promotion and Education at Sindecuse Health Center, is currently accepting new students into the program. FIRE, (Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education), is a collective of students whose primary goal is to educate the campus about sexual assault. Through education and programming they fight to end sexual assault on our campus and in our community.

Students will be highly trained in presenting on the issue of sexual assault and in helping survivors, their families and friends. Peer educators will receive a national certification and gain recommendation letters. The program is available as an internship or elective opportunity for many academic majors and minors, and can also be used to satisfy the honors college volunteer requirement. Members are required to participate in a set number of presentations per semester, and must participate for at least two semesters. Meeting times will be Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

If you are interested in joining the FIRE sexual assault peer educators or wish to learn more about the program, complete the FIRE Application or contact Amber Mosley, Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention Education, at shc-firepeered@wmich.edu.

The Air Zoo:
The Air Zoo currently has several volunteer opportunities, including: Data Entry Volunteer, Development Data Entry Volunteer, Education Volunteer, Membership and Information Volunteer, Receptionist, Restoration Technician and more! Apply online or contact Tamra Stafford, Air Zoo Volunteer and Membership Manager, at tstafford@airzoo.org or (269)350-2815 for more information.

Bronson Children’s Hospital 2016 Run and Walk:
Looking to volunteer? Join Lee Honors College on Sept. 25 in support of
Bronson Children’s Hospital 2016 Run and Walk and earn four community service hours. Transportation will be provided. Meet in front of the Lee Honors College by 12:30 p.m. the day of the event.

There is a $25 registration fee to participate in the run or walk  (includes a t-shirt) and all funds raised will support life enhancement services for hospitalized children. Programs such as music and art therapy, NIC-View cameras, and MRI goggles are funded through this event. Consider asking friends or family to help support the cause!

Register online by Sept. 21.  For additional information, contact Nicole Thompson at nicole.f68.thompson@wmich.edu.
 

 

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