Community Service – Week of Feb. 6

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.

Friendship Village
Friendship Village is looking for a biologist or someone knowledgeable about plants that can tend the flower beds that the residents can no longer manage. There is a well-established perennial bed and vegetable gardens. One or two individuals should be able to manage it throughout the summer. Tools will be provided. Interested volunteers should contact Associate Professor John Geiser at (269) 387-5392 or via email at john.geiser@wmich.edu.

Alternative Bronco Breaks
Travel the US while volunteering for a cause you love!  Alternative Bronco Breaks (ABB)offers students a different kind of Spring Break, one which provides an opportunity for WMU students to volunteer at premier organizations around the country, benefit communities nationwide, create new experiences and gain new knowledge through travel, and all while making new lasting connections with your fellow Broncos!

The 2017 Alternative Spring Break trips are as follows:

  • Vail Valley, CO; Habitat for Humanity; Construction/Poverty
  • San Antonio, TX; San Antonio AIDs Foundation; HIV/AIDS
  • Pittsboro, NC; North Carolina Tiger Rescue; Animals
  • New Orleans, LA; St. Bernard Project; Flood Relief

Students generally earn over 20 volunteer hours per trip. Trips cost $250 per participant; this price includes food and housing during the week of volunteering, a dinner incentive, and an activity incentive.  Check out the ABB Facebook page (Alternative Bronco Breaks) for more information or reach out via e-mail (alternativebroncobreakswmu@gmail.com). Interested students can apply online here:
docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc6nFrSfOKAeBFmQwwIJBlXRiu41QOtt1FdQhBd3vJTNk9fSQ/viewform.

All trips will take place the week of Spring Break: March 3-11.

Career Fair

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Special Olympics Basketball State Tournament
WMU’s Student Recreation Center and HPHE RSO Phi Epsilon Kappa are hosting the Special Olympics Basketball State Tournament on Feb. 25. If you need community service hours, this is a great event to support. Simply complete the volunteer form at: goo.gl/forms/Wd2zWaqbEly9y1dJ2. For more information, please contact: elisabeth.a.ohrnberger@wmich.edu.

English Language Proficiency Tutors
Volunteer tutors are needed for individual members of a Syrian refugee family of seven who arrived in Kalamazoo last June to make a new life here. The family – a father, mother and their five sons, ages 11 to 22, – arrived knowing only two words of English: “thank you.” They all are working very hard to learn the language and customs of their adopted country. They all are taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and have already made varying degrees of progress. Four of the boys are enrolled in the Kalamazoo Public Schools and not only are learning English from scratch, but are also struggling to fill the subject matter learning gap from the school-less four years spent in a refugee camp in Jordan.

Each member of the family is asking for, and would benefit from, an individual tutor to bolster English language proficiency and conversation skills. The four students also need help with their homework. Tutors are asked to spend one to two hours a week at the family home. Times could be arranged individually and could include late afternoons and evenings. Please contact Ann Feldmeier at feldtrow@aol.com to indicate interest in tutoring and include your phone number.

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.

The volunteer opportunities offered this semester include:

  • Habitat for Humanity: Feb. 18, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Rickman House: March 26, 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Ministry with Community: April 1, 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.

There will also be an opportunity to be involved in a special event: Project Impact on April 8. Project Impact 2017 will be a day filled with giving back to the Kalamazoo and Portage Communities! Multiple volunteer events and times will be available. Application required: goo.gl/forms/tRtvoBeXKGHc7AKH2.

To get involved, go to focuskalamazoo.org, click the “Get Involved” tab, and click “Apply” under the “Individual Volunteering,” heading. Applying to the Individual Volunteer Program does not commit you to volunteering at any of the events this semester. You will receive a link giving you the option to sign up for as many or as few events as you wish.

For more information, contact Lissa Mueller-Hayes, Volunteer Relations Director, at volunteerrelations.focus@gmail.com or (517) 410-3191.

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