Community Service – Week of Oct. 17

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.

Kalamazoo Jaycees (Michigan Junior Chamber):
The Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour provides history with a twist – delivering the weird, the haunted and the historic stories found throughout Kalamazoo. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this event raises funds for worthy causes in the Kalamazoo community. Approximately $4,000 is raised each year to benefit the following organizations: Adopt-a-Family, Duffle Bags of Love, Animal Rescue Shelters, Warm Kids, Generous Hands and more! Volunteer Opportunities include: Oct. 15, 21 and 22 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Twelve volunteers are needed per evening. For more information, call Marjorie Carr Zippert at (269)267-1340.


United Way:
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region can help students find volunteer opportunities. Contact Ben at or call the information number 2-1-1 to be connected with non-profit organizations who are looking for volunteers.


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, go to, click the “Get Involved” tab, click “Individual Volunteering,” and complete the application. For more information, contact Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Volunteer Relations Director, at or (517 ) 410-3191.

Alternative Bronco Breaks – Winter Break Volunteering:
Alternative Bronco Breaks (ABB) is currently recruiting volunteers for their winter break trips!  Travel across America while exploring social issues through meaningful service, education and reflection.  ABB participants choose a topic of their interest and then discover where in America they will be sent to volunteer!  This winter, volunteer opportunities will include: poverty/construction, poverty/hunger and health care.  Past locations have included: New York, Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Utah, Virginia and many more!  ABB is a great way to travel and make lifelong friends while also making a difference!

This year, trips will be held during the week of Dec. 30 to Jan. 6.  The cost to participate is approximately $250.  Limited need-based scholarships are available.  To indicate your interest in a trip, apply here.  Learn more about ABB on Facebook. Trips are held every winter, spring, and summer!



Volunteer in Alaska 20TLP Tax and Loan Program:
The Volunteer in Alaska 20TLP Tax and Loan Program is looking for volunteer preparers for the third annual collaboration between a non-profit group in Anchorage and an IRS program (details here). The program requires online training through the IRS’s VTLP training modules, then supplementary training based on the Alaska context (e.g., fishing returns, native corporation dividends, etc.). The training takes approximately 40 hours and is done completely online. The taxes are generally not complicated; WMU accounting students have done excellent work in the past, as well as provided an important and résumé-building public service.

All expenses within Alaska are covered by grants to the non-profit organization and funding from the IRS. The only expense is airfare from Michigan to Anchorage, and fundraising opportunities will be available to offset that expense. Volunteers fly to Anchorage for training, then are sent out in teams to rural villages principally inhabited by native populations (e.g., Yupik and Inuit). Small four-seat planes, snow machines or dog sleds are used to reach the villagers.

For more understanding about the experience, view last year’s pictures, read the university press release, or watch a clip from the local news. The trip will take place in Feb. 2017 with the exact date to be determined. For those interested, please review the brochure, complete the volunteer application and return it to: An orientation meeting will be organized within the next two weeks. For more information, please call Dr. Fritz Allhoff, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy at (269)387-4503.



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