* 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.


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*Featured Current Events Coverage*

Eastown to Flint

Eastown to Flint

Eastown Community Association is hosting a water drive for the people of Flint during their ongoing water crisis.They are simply asking for cases of water bottles to be brought to one of the following locations:

Primary: Tony Martin at 1253 Thomas
Secondary: ECA Office at 415 Ethel

Fire Chief Survey

The City of Grand Rapids urges you to complete this brief survey, providing your opinion of the attributes desired in the next Fire Chief. Click here to take the survey. The Fire Department highly values community input as it seeks to find the best candidate for the job. The survey is offered in both English and Spanish. 

Help Flint THIS Saturday!

We have a new opportunity located in Activate! Community for this Saturday, February 6th from 9am-4pm! Here is more information: A group of students are actually going to Flint and collecting/distributing water to residents of the city and gathering water bottles for recycling. You will need to bring your own lunch and meet at 9am this Saturday in the Women's Center! Please email wcintern@gvsu.edu for more info and to sign up!

DHHS provides list of steps being taken in Flint Water Crisis

Flint Water Crisis

See link to the article here.

Blandford's Up-and-Coming New Visitor's Center

Blandford Gets New Visitor Center

See link to the article here.

Why It's Important To Vote As A College Student


See link to article here.


*Featured Current Community Volunteer Opportunities*


West Michigan Sports Commission- Groundhog Marathon

Saturday, February 6th 

The Groundhog Marathon is an annual winter running event (potentially in the snow)! We’ll be picking the best dressed Groundhog at 7:30 a.m. on race morning. Check out the details below if you would like to volunteer!

Aid Stations-Bring your own signage, favorite treats for the runners (we’ll have plenty of water and Gatorade), and your party hat because this is going to be one WILD ride!

Pre-Race/Post-Race set up and tear down-  A lot of work goes into setting up the courses, ensuring all aid stations are stocked and then tearing it all back down. We couldn’t do this without your help, thank you!

 Course Marshals- A few enthusiastic people who stand out on the course at various turns while give high fives to the runners and making sure no one take a “wrong turn.”

Join us in February and help us put on an event that no one will forget! Shoot an email over to Volunteer@GroundhogMarathon.com to reserve your spot today.

Challenge Detroit Fellowship

Challenge Detroit Fellowship

Challenge Detroit’s vision is to attract individuals from across the country as well as retain talent from the city and region through a one-year fellowship program. Over the course of a year, fellows live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit. They work for top top regional companies, while partnering monthly with nonprofits to address issues and opportunities facing the community. In four years, Challenge Detroit has supported the creation of over 125 jobs, generating more than $5 million in economic value to the local economy. Challenge Detroit is now accepting applications for the fifth class of Fellows through Sunday, March 6, 2016. 

Challenge Detroit will select approximately 30 innovative leaders from Detroit and across the United States to live, work, play, give and lead in Detroit for one year beginning in September 2016. Fellows will:

  • Engage in monthly team challenges, in partnership with area non-profits, designed to positively impact the city and region;
  • Work at one of the top companies in the region;
  • Receive a $36,000 annual salary plus benefits typical of host company;
  • Live in Detroit;
  • Participate in a leadership development program; and
  • Receive perks such as memberships to various organizations, discounts, event access, and more.

Each Fellow will work at one of Challenge Detroit host companies for four days a week. Companies include major corporations such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), smaller ventures such as Saroki Architecture, and nonprofits such as Goodwill Industries. Each company will employ a Challenge Detroit Fellow for one year. Posted 2/5/2016. 

Eastown Community Foundation - Annual Meeting/ Pancake Breakfast

February 13, 2016 8am - 11am

Eastown Community Foundation is hosting their annual Member Pancake Breakfast Meeting at Calvin Church at 700 Ethel Ave in Grand Rapids. Eastown invites the entire community, residents and businesses, to join them for an all you can eat pancakes breakfast and raffle drawings. During the event, discussion on the organizations 2015 activities and 2016 goals will take place.  Volunteers are needed to help cook and serve the pancakes, as well as help with clean up. Volunteers are also needed to man sign up booths for our different committees. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marisa Sandahl at marisa@eastown.org or by calling 616-451-3025. Posted 1/15/2015. 


*Featured Current Community Events*


Land Conservancy Maas Bonfire & Roast

Friday, February 5th 6:00 PM

Join us around the bonfire at Maas Family Preserve on Friday, February 5th. We've been clearing out invasive trees to restore the oak savanna and have created several large brush piles. On Friday evening, we'll ignite them and have hot dogs and marshmallows to roast. RSVP herePosted 2/2/2016.

LINC UP First Friday

Friday, February 5th 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: LINC UP Gallery, 341 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids

Join us Friday, February 5 for a First Friday you WON'T forget! Bl²end will be partnering up with LINC to bring you an amazing night with live music from Noel Webley and His Jazz Friends - "Neolocity", PJ DA DJ and much more! 

Menu ($8 Per Plate):

  • LINC UP Savory Pot Roast 
  • Chicken Wing Dings
  • Country Mashed Potatoes
  • Homestyle Green Beans 

Diversity Lecture Series - Mass Incarceration and Justice in America

Wednesday, February 17, 7pm

Location: Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE

Please join us as we celebrate 21 years of diverse voices at our Annual Diversity Lecture Series featuring Benjamin Todd Jealous, Civil and Human Rights Leader, former NAACP President, Venture Capitalist and Author, "Mass Incarceration and Justice in America". You don't want to miss this!

“Reforming the nations criminal justice systems is one of the most urgent civil right issues of our time. More African American men are entangled in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.” - Benjamin Todd Jealous. Posted 1/26/2016.


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:





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