Help out during the region’s COVID-19 response:

We realize that during challenging times we have a natural impulse to want to help others. During times like these, there can even be a gap in the volunteer workforce, and the need for assistance grows for some people. To help students, faculty, and staff learn about ways they might volunteer or donate, we offer the following centralized resources. 

Please contact any of the them directly to identify the most up to date list of local organizations accepting donations of time or resources to aid in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) response:

 

If you are interested in finding ways to support local businesses, through this time of challenge, you can find more information here: Local First.

 

We also encourage you to regularly check the Centers for Disease Control website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/) and the GVSU Coronavirus website (https://www.gvsu.edu/coronavirus/) for the most up to date information on how to keep yourself and our communities safe and healthy.


Community Service Learning Center

The Community Service Learning Center prepares students to become active, global citizens who are committed to a life of community engagement and democratic participation.


Student Life Awards

Nominate a GVSU student organization or student for one of these CSLC awards which are presented as part of the Student Life Awards by Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Three different students will be selected to receive the gold, silver, or bronze Laker Active Citizen Award.

Winners will be announced in April and posted online and via @GVSUStudentLife social media.

Community Impact Award

This award is for GVSU student organizations who have been examples of active citizens and are committed to a life of community engagement and impactful partnership. 

Submit a nomination for the Community Impact Award

Laker Active Citizen Award

This award is for GVSU students who have been examples of active citizens who are committed to a life of community engagement and impactful partnership.

Submit a nomination for the Laker Active Citizen Award


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world&#x3b; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 -Margaret Mead


Upcoming Events

Canceled - American Red Cross Blood Drive

April 1, 2020 11:30 AM - 5:15 PM

Grand Valley State University has developed partnerships with American Red Cross and Michigan Blood, newly named Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, to host blood drives at GVSU campus...

Canceled - Democracy 101: Student Voter Engagement

April 1, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join CSLC Democracy Fellows Jane Johnston and Sam Jacobs to learn how exercising your right to vote can help make our country a more representative democracy for all Americans striving to achieve the...

Canceled - Michigan Mobile Secretary of State Unit

April 7, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join the Michigan Secretary of State Mobile Unit to register to vote or verify your identity for absentee ballots.

Canceled - Democracy 101: Civic Courage

April 8, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

In our last DEM101 session of the year, join us in a workshop to think about how you can practice civic courage as you pursue social change and contribute to your communities.  

Canceled - Versiti Blood Center of Michigan Blood Drive

April 9, 2020 11:30 AM - 5:00 AM

Grand Valley State University has developed partnerships with American Red Cross and Michigan Blood, newly named Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, to host blood drives at GVSU campus...

Special Election

May 5, 2020 All Day

For more information, visit www.mi.gov/vote and www.gvsu.edu/service.

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Active Citizen Continuum

The Community Service Learning Center empowers students to become active, global citizens. As students grow and learn, they move through the "Active Citizen Continuum", a model for civic development. We recognize and celebrate civic learning as a lifelong process. Start your journey to becoming an active citizen today with the CSLC.

 

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The first step in the active citizen continuum. "Member, not concerned with their role in social problems."

The second step in the active citizen continuum. "Volunteer, well-intentioned but not well-educated about social issues."

The third step in the active citizen continuum. "Conscientious Citizen, concerned with discovering root causes; asks why?"

The final step in the active citizen continuum. "Active Citizen, community becomes a priority in values and life choices."


Recognition

NASPA 2019 CLDE Knowledge Community Collaborative Program Award

2019 NASPA Civic Learning Democratic

Engagement Collaborative Program Award 

Voter Friendly Campus: We Empower Students to Engage with Democracy

NASPA 2019 gold Excellence Award for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

2019 NASPA Gold Excellence Award

GVSU Votes! 


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The Community Service Learning Center is a part of the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.