Grand Valley State University
Community Service Learning Center

Thank you for Making a Difference with Us!

Many thanks to students, faculty, staff and community partners who participated in Make A Difference Day 2021! On October 16th, nearly 200 students spent the day giving back to more than 10 community partner organizations across West Michigan.  
Thanks to all for working together to make a difference! 
Students worked with Blandford Nature Center to remove invasive species and complete trail maintenance projects. 
Many thanks to our inspirational kenote speaker, Jahaven Haye, GVSU alum and Youth Development Specialist at the Urban League of West Michigan. Jahaven shared his story and encouraged students to use their gifts in service of others!
Many thanks to our community partners for hosting GVSU students! 

What's coming up 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! 
Registration is now open for community partner hosts, student participants and site leaders!
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022

Questions: Contact Gigi Ward ( or Melissa Baker-Boosamra (     

Register here!

Days Of Community Action Are Back!

The CSLC is excited to announce that we will be bringing back our monthly Days of Community Action! Trained site leaders will lead small groups of students in guided community engagement and reflection. Transportation and lunch will be provided. 
November 20th registration is full.
Click below for more information about upcoming Winter 2022 Days of Community Action!
Learn More about Days of Community Action

Democracy 101


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 approved!

Blood Drives at GVSU

Does your organization require volunteer hours? Here’s an easy way to help your members! Register to host a Blood Drive this Winter Semester! Or sign up to donate!

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 supporting Kids Food Basket by decorating brown paper bags for their sack suppers! If you are interested, you can sign up for the event on Lakerlink, or just walk in. We hope to see you there!
Date: November 19, 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!
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 Kent County Parks

If you're in need of some volunteer hours and love the outdoors, Kent County Parks is the perfect organization for you! They are offering a volunteer oppurtunity where you and others will support the native prairie site at Luton Park by removing invasive species!
When: Saturday, November 13th
Time:10am - 12pm
Email 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! Its a easy request and a perfect way to get service hours!!

When: Tuesday, December 7th
Time: 9am- 12:30pm
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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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