Are you looking for ways to give back to your community? Do you like to volunteer, but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further! There are many amazing places to volunteer your time and talents in the city of Ypsilanti as well as on Eastern’s campus.
Check out these great resources and places to volunteer:
Vision Volunteer Center
VISION, or more formally known as Volunteers Incorporating Service Into Our Neighborhoods, is dedicated to helping students, as well as staff, become actively engaged in service. The VISION office is located in EMU’s Student Center in room 346. The goal of VISION is to address global and local issues and meet community needs. VISION is a great resource for students as it counts toward LBC credit, students can earn pre-teaching hours, and it’s a great way to get more involved with the EMU community. If you would like more information on volunteering visit their website, or stop by their office in the Student Center and check it out!
Swoop’s Food Pantry
Swoop’s Food Pantry is a pantry open to EMU students. The pantry is located on the first floor of Pierce Hall, and it is run by EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteers.The basic mission of the pantry is to provide food and other essentials assistance to current EMU students. The pantry is always looking for donations as well as for volunteers. Volunteering for Swoop’s Food Pantry is a great way to directly give back to your fellow Eagles. To read more about their or to sign up to volunteer mission check out their website.
Growing Hope is an organization located in Ypsilanti that helps people improve their lives and communities through gardening and increasing access to healthy food. According to their website, Growing Hope serves as a technical assistant, program coordinator/partner, and general resource for nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and educational institutions that wish to use gardening as a way to further their social, educational, and/or environmental missions. Growing Hope has a variety of volunteer opportunities which include working in their garden as well as their main office. For more information check out their website.
Dawn Farm is an organization that has residential, outpatient and detoxification programs for addicts. The goal of Dawn Farm is to assist addicts and alcoholics in achieving long term recovery. A unique factor about Dawn Farm is that they place an emphasis on the recovering community as the most important source of healing and recovery support for their clients. Dawn Farm offers a continuum of addiction treatment and recovery support services. Volunteer opportunities with Darn Farm include assistance with the Dawn Farm garden, assistance with special events, assistance with Dawn Farm mailings, and assistance with organizing donations to name a few. For more information or to check out other volunteer opportunities visit Dawn Farm’s website.
These are just a few of the great organizations on EMU’s campus and within Ypsilanti that are in need of volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community. Pick an organization that is meaningful to you and start volunteering today!