Community Service

GVSU Resources

Community Service Learning Center. The GVSU Community Service Learning Center prepares students to become active global citizens and challenges them to be committed to a life of community engagement and democratic participation. The CSLC offers annual days of service, opportunities for student organization community engagement, resources for student preparation for civic engagement, and training on making community engagement meaningful for students and community partners.

Women's Issues Volunteer Corps. The Women's Issues Volunteer Corps is a service learning and volunteer placement program coordinated through the Women's Center with the mission of making a difference in the lives of women and girls through volunteer opportunities that pair education with activism. Service opportunities are open to faculty, staff and students. Volunteers are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of opportunities available throughout the school year and across the community.

CSLC Service Tracker. Link to CSLC's Service Tracker tool, which allows students, student groups, and faculty to record their time spent in service to the greater community and the details of service activities.

Other Resources

What is Service Learning or Community Engagement? Vanderbilt University provides information about what it looks like, it's benefits, models of community engagement teaching, and ways to integrate it into existing courses.

United We Serve. United We Serve is a nationwide service initiative, built on the belief that ordinary people can come together and achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects. The website provides resources and opportunities to expand and deepen service and community engagement.

Michigan Nonprofit Association Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA Program. Michigan Nonprofit Association's (MNA) Civic Engagement team, comprised of The LEAGUE Michigan, Michigan Campus Compact, and Volunteer Centers of Michigan, expands efforts to reach across all areas of lifelong engagement through MNA. MNA Civic Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA members are placed with K-12 schools, college campuses, or volunteer centers, and serve at least half of their service hours building capacity within a strategic community partner. MNA*VISTAS promote and strengthen community-building initiatives focused on education and economic opportunity.