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There are so many ways to get engaged and give back this fall!

Our team in the Community Service Learning Center (CSLC) has been having loads of fun this fall, working together with GV students to give back! There are lots of engaging ways to be an active citizen that you don't want to miss out on!
Learn more below!
You can also stop by to see us at 1108 Kirkhof Center in the CSLC!
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Meet the 2021-22 CSLC Team!

Our team is here to collaborate with you! Each of us on the CSLC Team is excited to help GVSU students explore the issues that you care about and partner with you to find meaningful ways to make a difference in the world!  
Team, above from left: Civic Engagement Associates Lily Camp, Dae'Aunee Charles, Abby Caswell, Associate Director Melissa Baker-Boosamra and Graduate Assistant Gigi Ward
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Check out CSLC Sponsored Programs Below!

We offer many opportunities to learn about our communities, while giving back! Check out some of the ways you can make a difference, sponsored by the CSLC, below!

Make a Difference Day 2021!

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, recognized on campuses and in communities across the country.
Join GVSU on Saturday, October 16th from 11am-2:30pm as we celebrate this national day of service! Registration for participants closes on October 8th. 

Recruiting Make a Difference Day site leaders! 
We are now accepting applications for our Make A Difference Day site leaders.This is a great leadership opportunity! Registration for site leaders closes October 1st.
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National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is a national civic holiday that is annually held every fourth Tuesday of September. Register to vote with partners from the MI Secretary of State and Allendale Township Clerk! 
Date: Tuesday September 28th from 11am-4pm
Location: Kirkhof Center Lobby
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Want to host your own voter registration drive ?

Sign up to be trained and host your own voter registration drive here!
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Host a Blood Drive, Donate Blood and Save Lives!

Do you want to make a difference ? Host a blood drive! Donate blood! Save lives! 
Learn more and sign up here!
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Democracy 101

Join us this fall for our expanded version of Democracy 101 in partnership with the Cook Leadership Academy and Padnos-Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse. Each session will have a presentation component that focuses on education about the topic and how it impacts not only our community, but communities across the country. The second half will hold space for a student-led dialogue about the topic. 
Date: September 29 from 6-8 p.m.
Topic: Doing Democracy through Student Voting: MI Voter Engagement

Location: Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)
INT 100 approved!
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Want to get to know our community? 

Get out there! 

Check out these events below for other ways to get involved and give back with off campus partners!
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ArtPrize is Back and Looking for Volunteers!

ArtPrize is one of the largest independently organized art events in the world, it is an 18-day celebration of creativity, connection, and community in a one-of-a-kind experience. They need your help and support! It happens throughout the whole day and is located in local downtown Grand Rapids. You are able to volunteer individually, as a group, or as an organization!
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Decorate Brown Bags for Kids Food Basket

Brown Bag Decorating Day is a perfect way for you to use your creative skills to create a positive change for the kids in your community ! Inside of each decorated brown paper bag will be a nutritious, ready to-eat meal delivered right to a child’s school or a distribution site, ensuring children have access the healthy food they need to thrive. Kids Food Basket hosts this event and they are in need of as much help they can recieve to reach their goal of 150,000 bags. Come stop in room 1108 in KC to pick up a brown paper bag to decorate, bags are due back in KC by September 30th.
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Michigan Student Voter Summit

The Michigan Student Voter Summit invites all participants to come together for a day of civic learning and reflection! Campus Vote Project and Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Comission office are pleased to be able to put on this virtual event!
Date: Friday, October 8th
Time: 12pm-2:30pm
Register here!
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Find More Volunteer Service Opportunities!

Check out many more service and community engagement opportunities on our website! This page is regularly updated. 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
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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