* Civic Engagement * Volunteerism * Democratic Learning *


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.


CSLC tutoring


Make a Difference Day 2015


CSLC packing



*Featured Current Community Volunteer Opportunities*

Literacy Center of West Michigan - Family Activity Night

4/28 5:45-8pm

4/29 4:30-7pm

The Family Literacy Program provides FREE English language classes to parents whose children attend participating Grand Rapids and Godwin Heights Public Schools. Parents attend classes at their child’s school twice a week. In addition parents and their children are invited to monthly Family Activity Nights. These events target specific literacy skills that support parents in raising strong successful readers. Family Activity Night is all about literacy, but it's also about community--we eat together, learn together, and have fun doing it! Volunteers will be involved in all aspects of Family Activity Night; set up, tear down, distribution of materials, interacting with families, and the food and fun! For more information, please contact Claira Freeman at cfreeman@literacycenterwm.org or 616-459-5151 ext 14. Posted 3/22/2016.


Christian Reformed Headquarters Spring Planting

Saturday, April 30th 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Congratulations Plaster Creek Stewards on being awarded a spring 2016 Urban Forest Project mini-grant!  Good luck on your oak savanna restoration tree planting at the CRC Headquarters campus off 28th Street!  Project lead is Mike Ryskamp and to volunteer for this event please contact Mike at Plaster Creek Stewards!  Mike can be reached by email at mpr2@calvin.edu.


Spectrum Health - Jump Jam

April 30th, 7:00AM- 2:30PM

Spectrum Health Jump Jam is a jump rope competition for 3rd-5th graders in the Greater Grand Rapids area. Hundreds of students from Grand Rapids, Wyoming, and Kentwood public schools will come representing their school to compete in 6 jump rope categories. Jump Jam's goal is to promote health and wellness to these students by teaching children a fun way to keep active and tips for making healthy choices. We would love to have you join this fun-filled and high energy event!
Jump Jam is in need of counters for this event from 7:00am to 2:30pm on April 30th. When a jumper competes, counters use handheld counters to count the amount of jumps taken. Counters will also check to see if jumpers are prepared to compete in each round and provide a friendly, safe space for these students. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a free Jump Jam t-shirt and water bottle. If you would like to see more, here is a link to the promo video: http://jumpjam.org/resources/. Please contact Lauren Ziemba at info@jumpjam.org or 616-329-5541 if interested in volunteering. Posted 4/8/2016.

*Featured Current Events Coverage*


Lower Grand River Water Trails Assessment and Improvement Plan

Lower Grand River Water Trails Assessment and Improvement Plan

The project will work to link the Grand River Heritage Trail with other recreational trails from Ionia to Grand Haven with a goal of achieving a National Water Trails designation and integrating with a the larger Lake Michigan Water Trail. To take the quick survey, click here!

The Story of a Spoon

The Story of a Spoon charts the story of a plastic spoon, from the Big Bang to the Bin Bag, and aims to raise awareness of the effects of over-consumption in our society. Watch the Greenpeace video here.

7 Reasons You Should Vote In This Years Elections


“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Read the full article here.



*Featured Current Community Events*

Art + Access Monthly Forum on NPR

Wednesday, May 4th 10:30 AM on NPR

This month's topic: TEDxGrandRapids: the event's informative and exciting format.

Every month Disability Advocates and our friends at DisArt meet on the Shelly Irwin Show to discuss resources, art, and culture in Grand Rapids with a specific focus on access. Our goal is to educate and energize the community about living with a disability and highlight wonderful things being done in our city to improve access and ensure Grand Rapids is a city everyone enjoys living in. Tune in to NPR 88.5 FM at 10:30 AM the first Wednesday of each month to listen to the show live.  If you miss it, you can enjoy the show by clicking here.


Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup

Saturday, May 7th 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The future of our natural resources depends on the stewardship of citizens like you. Come help clean up and enhance the riverbank of the Grand River. In honor of Earth week and Mother’s Day, a Love Your Mother Earth Day event will be taking place with organizations and individuals from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids that engages the community to remove trash and debris from the surrounding area while also providing a hands-on learning experience to encourage people about preventive practices. This event will run from 8:30am – 1:00pm with small breakfast provided beforehand and a light lunch after the cleanup. We will also be hosting a celebration afterwards with live music provided by Greenhouse Gang—join us! Register for the cleanup!


Picnic in the Park

Saturday, May 14th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

We are happy to announce the date for this year's Picnic in the Park! This family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, May 14th in Sigsbee Park. 10 am-12 pm: The first half of the day will be a park clean-up to beautify the space and provide necessary maintenance works. 12 pm-2 pm: The second half of the day will be a community gathering with food, entertainment, and events for the whole family. If interested, contact Nicole Winter at info@eastown.org or call 616-451-3025. Check us out on Facebook!


Change U

Change U

Change U is sponsored by the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center. The CSLC highly recommends that students, faculty and staff attend this social justice training series as preparation for meaningful, respectful and productive community engagement.

Voter Registration at GVSU

Click here to register to vote online.


GVSU will host the State of Michigan Mobile Secretary of State unit on campus during Spring and Fall 2016. Come out and register to vote then!


Spring 2016 dates:

April 13-14 (9am-5pm) at the Translink.


Fall 2016 dates:



Gender Justice House

Interested in joining the cause for Gender Justice? The Gender Justice House (GJH) is for students of GVSU who are interested in social justice surrounding women, gender, LGBTQ, service, and campus leadership. All students welcome! It's located on the first floor of the VanSteeland Living Center! You would be living alongside other students who would be seeking to learn and engage more in Gender Justice as well! For more information, please contact Allison Montaie at montaiea@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-2748. Or go to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at www.gvsu.edu/housing and (616) 331-2120 for questions.


Student Consultation

CSLC staff can help students and student organizations to:


Faculty and Staff Consultation

CSLC staff can support faculty and staff with resources and presentations on