Make A Difference Month 2020
About Make a Difference Month
Make a Difference Day is a national day of service. GVSU's Community Service Learning Center is proud to have recognized this day of service for over 15 years!
We are thrilled to offer Make a Difference Month to our Grand Valley community. With our changing world around us, our definition of service is also changing. We believe there are always ways to give back to your community while adhering to guidelines set forth by local/state governments. With that being said, we want to give our students as many resources as possible to expand their definition of service. We hope that with a variety of service options, our community will be able to make a difference in new and creative ways. Helping to get your friends registered to vote, organizing a neighborhood clean up, or helping to tutor kids are all ways that you can engage with your community while keeping you and everyone around you safe. Below you will find several different ways that you can get involved both in our GVSU community and beyond, as well as educational resources that will help you critically think about your interactions in these spaces.
We Want to See How Lakers Make A Difference!
During the month of October we want to see how our Grand Valley community makes a difference. Tag us on Instagram @gv_cslc and use the hashtag #GVSUMakesADifference so we can share how Lakers make a difference in their community!
Virtual Service Opportunities
These opportunities will require a computer or phone to complete, but can be done from anywhere!
- The Heart of West Michigan United Way has many opportunities for virtual/remote service!
Become a mentor:
Host a couch party and get your friends registered to vote!
Additional places to find virtual service opportunities:
Remote Service Opportunities
Remote opportunities will require some materials but can be done by yourself or in a group while practicing social distancing!
In Person Volunteer Opportunities
All in-person service should be done while adhering to CDC and local/state guidelines.
Check out these different places for in-person service opportunities!
- Volunteer to help staff the Allendale Township Satellite Clerk's Office
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested!
- Sustainable Agriculture Project @ GVSU
- Mondays and Thursdays 9am-12pm through October 15th!
- Blanford Nature Center
- Urban Roots
- Kent County Parks
Places to find in-person service opportunities:
Drop-In Service Opportunities
We will be hosting drop-in service locations around campus!
- October 9th from 12:15pm-3pm at CDC Plaza
- Decorating Kid's Food Basket Bag
- October 16th from 12-3 at the Holton-Hooker Tent
- October 23rd from 12-3 at the Holton-Hooker Tent
- October 30th from 12-3 at the Clock Tower
Community Engagement Resources
We ask that you please read over the resources below before you participate in any type of service for Make a Difference Month