Community Service – Week of March 27

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, is always a wonderful resource.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Volunteers are needed April 7 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (KLF). KLF is a non-profit “food bank plus,” which means they acquire and distribute food, but also offer grocery store style service free of charge to the community. With the help of more than 450 volunteers a week, KLF positively influences many residents of Kalamazoo. As a volunteer, you can make a significant impact through initiatives to end hunger in a child’s, adult’s or senior’s life. This service event is a great opportunity to create meaningful change in your local community. If you would like to participate, please sign up here. Contact JustOne Crosby for more information.

Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center
Need community service hours? Consider volunteering at the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center (KDCCC) supplies drive. KDCCC is an organization that offers free, short-term childcare for low income families. They will be collecting goods such as juice, crackers, baby wipes, etc. KDCCC needs these supplies in order to keep the children they care for happy and healthy!

The supplies drive will take place over the course of two events. You can sign up and help out  at one or both:

Event One: March 28 – 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to tour the childcare facility and post fliers advertising the supplies drive to neighborhood residents in the Portage area. Sign up here. Registration ends March 26 at 11:59 p.m.

Event Two: April 2 – noon to 2 p.m.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to collect supplies from neighborhood residents. Sign up here. Registration ends March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Please email all questions to PSST mentor, Maddie Smith.

Kalamazoo Marathon
Western Michigan University is seeking volunteers to help host several campus water and aid stations and excitement zones for runners participating in the Kalamazoo Marathon Sunday, May 7. Learn more here. For more information, email Margaret von Steinen or call (269) 387-2072.

Business Technology and Research (BTR) Park Bike Race
Western Michigan University is seeking volunteers for the BTR Park Bike Race to help with set-up Friday, July 7 and various duties all day Saturday, July 8. Learn more here. For more information, email Margaret von Steinen or call (269) 387-2072.

United Way
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region can help students find volunteer opportunities. Email Ben 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.

Volunteer opportunity:

  • 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. Apply here.

To get involved, visit the FOCUS Kalamazoo website, 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 (517) 410-3191.

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