There are many reasons why people volunteer. For some people, it’s the feeling of giving back or helping to better your community.
For others, it’s the opportunity to develop new skills and relationships. Maybe you only volunteer because it looks good on a resume or because you’re part of an org that requires volunteer hours.
Whatever the reason you volunteer may be, Eastern Michigan University and the Ypsilanti community have a ton of ways to give back.
Swoop’s Student Food Pantry is an org run by students for students. With the help of EMU faculty, staff, and alumni volunteers, Swoop’s Student Food Pantry provides current EMU students in need with food assistance and other resources to help their college success. You can give either your time, money, or non-perishable donations to this wonderful campus-based org.
VISION, or Volunteers Incorporation Service Into Our Neighborhoods is another campus based volunteer opportunity. This organization provides students with opportunities to learn more about social issues, develop leadership skills, and participate in a variety of different volunteer events. VISION’s student- led programs can provide you with LBC credit, pre-student teaching hours, a sense of community and a great way to get involved in the Ypsilanti community.
Since 2003, Growing Hope has been helping to empower the community through growing fresh produce. Their gardens are multipurpose. They provide produce, education, and positive social change. The organization promotes gardening in home, school, and community settings. Growing Hope engages 700 youth and teens gardening, healthy cooking and nutrition.
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels has a long history of providing volunteer prepared meals to those in need. Since its founding in 1973, the organization has grown to meet the needs of the community. Their volunteers can do everything from delivering meals, researching and writing grants, office work, photography and more. Join Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in providing approximately 200 hot meals and 200 cold meals each day.