Grand Valley State University
Community Service Learning Center

The CSLC's Days Of Community Action Are Back!

The CSLC team is excited to announce that we will are bringing back our monthly Days of Community Action! Trained site leaders will lead small groups of students in guided community engagement and reflection in parrtnership with local nonprofit organizations, each month. Transportation and lunch are provided. 
On Saturday, November 20th, student volunteers worked with the Revive and Thrive Project to get their space ready for winter. The mission of Revive and Thrive is to "support individuals and their families dealing with serious illness with free, delivered, and nutrient-rich meals along with a community of nurturing support. (They) involve young people as volunteer chefs who can experience the transforming power of serving and nurturing those in need while developing cooking and healthy eating skills."
Thank you to all of the students who served on Saturday and to Revive and Thrive for having us!
Learn More about Days of Community Action

Looking ahead with the CSLC!

Register today for

MLK Day of Service and Solidarity 2022!

 
We are super excited to host our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity, once again! This year, we will host a morning of volunteer service, keynote speaker, lunch and a series of educational workshops to honor Dr. King.
Registration is now open for community partner hosts, student participants and site leaders!
Save the Date! Saturday, January 22, 2022

Questions: Contact Gigi Ward (s_wardgia@gvsu.edu) or Melissa Baker-Boosamra (bakerbme@gvsu.edu)     

Register here for MLK Day of Service & Solidarity!

Democracy 101

IMMIGRATION IN WEST MI: DOING DEMOCRACY THROUGH ACTIVISM

Date: December 1 from 6-8 p.m.
Topic: Doing Democracy Through Activism
Location:
Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)

INT 100/201 approved!

Blood Drives at GVSU

Do you want to help save lives? Does your organization require volunteer hours? Sign up to host a Blood Drive this Winter Semester! Or sign up to donate!
MORE INFO HERE
HOST A WINTER DRIVE

Drop In Days of Service

Looking for service hours but can’t leave campus? Join us for Drop In Days of Service!
This month we will be writing holiday cards to seniors to spread some holiday cheer! If you are interested, you can sign up for the event on Lakerlink, or just walk in. We hope to see you there!
Date: December 10th, 2021
Time: 12-2pm
Location: KC 1142

Voter Registration Drives

 Voter Registration Drives are a great way to promote community involvement and civic participation. 
Want to host a Voter Registration Drive on campus? We can help you!
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Campus Highlights

GVSU Is Certified Gold!

The All In Campus Democracy Challenge recognized GVSU campus for excellence in Student Vote Engagement! GVSU’s 2020 voting rate (72%) exceeded the national average (66%) and is an increase of 21.6% from our rate in 2016. 
Keep up the excellent work, Lakers!
If you are interested in working together to plan for the 2022 Midterm Election, check out the GVSU Campus Democratic Engagement Coalition!
Or reach out to us at servicelc@gvsu.edu for more info!

Active Citizen of the Month

The Active Citizen of the Month is the one way of showing our student leaders how much we appreciate the good work they do in our community. Active Citizens give back and inspire others to do the same! Join us in celebrating our Active Citizen this month, Dylan Clemons-Midgett. Learn more about Dylan and his service project below.
Dylan Clemons-Midgett (He/Him/His) is a junior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Digital Studies and Business who works in Event Services in the Office of Student Life and as a Resident Assistant in Kirkpatrick Living Center. His career goal is to learn all the fundamentals of the business world and help businesses build their own brand and diversify their customer demographics.
With the helping hands of my organization, Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity, we are holding a water drive which will contribute to the city of Benton Harbor. We will donate cases of water to residents who rely on bottled water because of high lead levels.  

Drop off your donations at the CSLC (1108 Kirkhof Center) between 11/29-12/10.
Host a Voter Registration Drive
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Want to get to know our community? 

Get out there! 

Check out the events below for other ways to get involved and give back with off campus partners!

Community Engagement with Kids' Food Basket

If you're looking for a way to give back to your community this Thanksgiving, check out Kids' Food Basket! They need volunteers for their in-person Gobble Wobble 5K race on Thanksgiving morning.
Date: Thursday, November 25th
Time: 8am
Location: East Grand Rapids Middle School, 2425 Lake Dr. SE, East Grand Rapids
Use this link to register!

Food Organization Project - SECOM Resource Center

The SECOM Resource Center has a mission to to give help and hope to their neighbors by empowering families to achieve their full potential through healthy living, education and economic opportunities. They are seeking volunteers to help put away items in the fridge/freezer and to help open/organize food and build boxes! 
When: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 9am- 12:30pm
REGISTER HERE
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Find More Volunteer Service Opportunities!

Check out many more service and community engagement opportunities on our website!  If you don't find an opportunity that suits your interests, feel free to reach out to us at the Community Service Learning Center and we would love to help you find an opportunity that is right for you! Email the CSLC at service@gvsu.edu.
You can also find volunteer opportunities through the Heart of West MI United Way.  
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Track your Volunteer Service Hours!

Using Laker Link to track your service hours couldn't be easier! Keep track of your hours for scholarships, classes, for your resume and just to remember all of the great service experiences that you've had! Easy to use instructions can be found here
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