Community Service – Week of Nov. 21

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. Keep an eye on the honors college Facebook public page, the closed Facebook group for honors students, Twitter, Instagram and e-newsletter for upcoming community service opportunities.

Peer Student Success Team Community Service Highlights
The Lee Honors College Peer Student Success Team (PSST) organizes several community service opportunities each semester. Here’s a peek at how successful their events have been this semester…

Bronson Children’s Hospital 2016 Run and Walk – Nicole Thompson, PSST Mentor
On Sept. 25, Nicole’s group supported the Bronson Children’s Hospital 2016 Run and Walk and earned four community service hours. They jogged, ran, walked and volunteered afterwards. They even raised $300 with all funds supporting life enhancement services for hospitalized children, such as music and art therapy, NIC-View cameras, and MRI goggles.

bronson-childrens-hospital-nicole-thompsons-eventPhoto courtesy of Nicole Thompson. Thank you, Nicole. We loved the photo so much, we have highlighted it as our Facebook closed group for honors students timeline image of the week!

Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes – JustOne Crosby, PSST Mentor
Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes is a Food Bank Plus. They acquire and distribute food, but also offer grocery store style service free of charge to the community. They operate with the help of more than 400 volunteers a week. While there, JustOne’s team sorted and packaged food that will go to local elementary school children to help fill the gaps between their meals. They had a great time and will be returning next semester for another service event.

Photo courtesy of JustOne Crosby

 WMU Office of Sustainability John Gibbs House – Emily Scannell, PSST Mentor
In October, Emily’s team helped prep the grounds for winter at the WMU Office of Sustainability John Gibbs House. The day included a stellar and educational tour, during which they learned about Permaculture and various other sustainable projects. The group tended to raspberry plants, pulled weeds and filled in beds with woodchips…and went home with carrots and peppers fresh from the garden, thanks to the generosity of the Gibbs House.

emilys-volunteer-event-gibbs-house-oct-2016Photo courtesy of Emily Scannell

PSST Team Building Retreats – Pretty Lake and Fort Custer State Park
The PSST mentors enjoyed two team retreats this fall at Pretty Lake and Fort Custer. They engaged in a variety of problem-solving and trust-building activities via obstacle and ropes courses, followed-up by group reflections.



group-retreat-3Photos courtesy of Samuel Dayton

The Peer Student Success Team provides academic and social support to incoming honors students. Team mentors can help identify and address the concerns of new Western students. The program’s goals are to offer students a resource for campus and city information, to promote civic engagement, and to facilitate community building among honors students. All honors first year students are paired with a PSST mentor during the summer before they arrive at campus.

Mentors hold office hours to address student concerns and offer basic information about WMU and the Lee Honors College. Office hours are held in the Seminar Room (1012) at the Lee Honors College Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. New mentor hiring takes place each spring. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Student Success Team mentor, please contact the graduate assistant at

WMU College of Arts and Sciences Welcomes Portage Northern Middle School
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.
uw-logo-with-just-live-unitedFOCUS 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 remaining volunteer opportunity for this semester is:

  • 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.


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