* 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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Make a Difference Day 2015


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*Featured Current Community Volunteer Opportunities*

Arthritis Foundation- 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis

Saturday, May 7th 7am - 11:30am

The Walk To Cure Arthritis benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is a nationwide, non-competitive, team-walking event that raises funds to fight arthritis. The 2016 Grand Rapids Walk to Cure Arthritis supports the foundation in its mission to provide leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Volunteers are needed to be face painters, photographers, kids area attendants, course marshals, parking assistants, and assist with set up, take down, registration/check-in, and t-shirt distribution. Most shifts are three hours. If interested, please contact Sue at 616-949-9938 or email sarend@arthritis.orgPosted 1/14/2016. 

Location - On bus route.


WMEAC - Love your Mother Earth Grand River Clean Up

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

There will be a small breakfast provided beforehand and a light lunch after the cleanup. With the event taking place after Earth Day and right before Mother’s Day we will be hosting a “Love Your Mother Earth” Day celebration afterwards with live music provided by Greenhouse Gang! An after party will also take place at Grand Armory Brewing – get $1 off all beers when you wear your Ottawa County Cleanup t-shirt! The Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup is being organized locally by Ottawa County Parks and Friends of Ottawa County Parks with help from the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and sponsored by the City of Grand Haven and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Please save the date, put it on your calendar of events, and tell your friends to join us!


Timber Trot 5k & Tree Planting

Saturday, May 7th, 10AM - 12PM

We are very excited to invite you to join us for our first annual 5K and our third annual Tree Planting! The race starts at 9am and tree planting begins at 10:30am. We will also have festivities that include a DJ, free food, food trucks, ice cream, a magic show, and face painting! Don't forget to register online beforehand, can't wait to see you there! The race starts at Detroit Waldorf Academy, weaving through the Hantz Woodlands, and ends at Detroit Enterprise Academy at the lot where our tree planting will begin. Runners/ Walkers receive a t-shirt and medal. Volunteers are asked to bring clothes they don't mind getting dirty because we will be planting trees as well. If you have any more questions, please contact Erin Abel at abeleri@gvsu.edu or 616-331-9094. Posted 4/14/2016.

*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