Community Service – Week of Jan. 16

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.

Student Activities and Leadership Programs LeadCorp:
The WMU LeadCorp is a group of students dedicated to serving the WMU student community as a peer education and training team on leadership topics. Team members will increase their own knowledge of topics relating to leadership and will pass along that knowledge to other members of the campus community by facilitating the Fall and Spring Leadership Retreats, LEAD workshops, teambuilding, working with the fraternity and sorority community and working with Bronze Leader Certificate participants.

LeadCorp members must have at least a sophomore  standing, a cumulative GPA of a 2.75 or higher and be taking six or more credits each semester of the 2017-18 academic year.

Benefits
Through training and practical experience, students will be able to:

  • Plan and facilitate retreats, presentations and group activities regarding a variety of leadership-related topics.
  • Develop a better understanding of themselves, including their individual values, leadership style, identity, etc.
  • Work effectively independently and in a team setting.
  • Understand and put into action leadership theory, group dynamics, ethical decision-making and multicultural competence.
  • Positively impact other WMU students.
  • Potential academic internship credit opportunities.

Time Commitment
On average, 3-5 hours per week:

– Weekly training large group meetings will be Wednesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 p.m.
– Meet twice a month with two to three Bronze Leadership Certificate mentees.
– Meet the requirements for programmatic team, which could include:

  • Planning and facilitating workshops, retreats or team building activities.
  • Providing programmatic support for the fraternity and sorority community.
  • Planning and facilitating Emerging Leaders Programs.
  • Providing programmatic support for Registered Student Organizations and student employee groups.

If you would like to be nominated for LeadCorp, please contact Associate Dean Jane Baas by Jan. 20.

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. 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.

Science Olympiad
The Region 10 Science Olympiad competition, held at WMU, is looking for volunteers to help throughout the day with directions, event supervision and scoring. This event takes place on Feb. 25 on the main campus with various testing events located in several different campus buildings (Rood Hall, Sangren Hall, the Student Recreation Center and the Chemistry building).  Volunteers are needed from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be provided with food and t-shirts. Below is the link to the volunteer sign-up form:

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For questions or more information, contact: naomi.r.vandien@wmich.edu.

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

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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.

To get involved, go to focuskalamazoo.org, click the “Get Involved” tab, click “Individual Volunteering,” and complete the application. For more information, contact Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Volunteer Relations Director, at volunteerrelations.focus@gmail.com or (517) 410-3191.

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