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Michiganders encouraged to Volunteer in April, National Volunteer Month

Youth Volunteer

The Michigan Community Service Commission is encouraging Michiganders to volunteer during April, National Volunteer Month.

To support volunteers, The Michigan Community Service Commission today announced it will fund 58 Global Youth Service Day volunteer projects engaging nearly 5,000 volunteers who will serve to benefit Michigan communities. Projects include providing child-size masks to youth, planting community gardens and meeting other community needs.

"It is really important that young people contribute to the community they live in. Volunteering helps foster a lifelong passion for helping others," Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II said. "Global Youth Service Day is a great time to celebrate youth who are not only serving, but leading volunteer efforts and using their voice to support community needs."

The Michigan Community Service Commission is awarding $24,800 in grants to organizations ranging from $100 to $1,000 to engage youth in service. Funding has also been provided by AmeriCorps and Youth Service America partners.

"Youth volunteerism is one of the critical pillars for the state to support community efforts and impact change. Youth voice needs to be part of the equation in solving the challenges of our communities," said Michigan Community Service Commission Executive Director Ginna Holmes.

Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, falls during National Volunteer Week, April 18-24.

"We encourage everyone to find a way to serve others this month," Holmes said.

The Global Youth Service Day projects are happening in communities across the state, some of which need volunteers.

Organization

Date

Description

Contact to volunteer

Allen Neighborhood Center, Lansing

April 23, 26

This project is to feed those in need through planting, growing and harvesting an extra row of specific vegetables for local food banks and soup kitchens.

https://forms.gle/Swvvz12ybpAjQDib9

Ashley Community Schools, Ashley

April 16-30

The project will create and provide an outdoor classroom area that allows students to discover and learn in an environmental setting.

 

Habitat for Humanity Give Hope Disaster Relief Program, Jackson

April 16-30

The project will be a student-led initiative to work on the landscape of a home for a family in need.

 

Michener Elementary, Adrian

April 19

The project will create vegetable gardens on the school playground where students can grow plants, harvest, and eat the produce they grow.

 

T ROSE Foundation, Lansing

April 20-25

Youth of various nationalities will lead a dialogue on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion after viewing the documentary "PushOut."

Theresa Randleman

 theresa@t-rose.com

 616-275-0878

Alcona Community Middle School, Lincoln

April 21

Students will be cleaning State Park Beach, campground, and surrounding areas; building bird and butterfly homes and shelters; and planting native plants in the gardens to sustain Michigan's natural habitat.

 

Alcona Community Middle School, Lincoln

April 21

Students will be participating in a can and bottle drive in the community to raise money for the animal shelter, clean the shelter grounds, plant gardens, and interact with the animals.

 

Caro Alternative High School, Caro

April 23

Students will learn about healthy futures, community, sustainability, goal setting, and how to properly plant a tree.

 

Jefferson Middle School Leadership and Culture Club, Midland

April 24

Volunteers will pot 100 flowers or vegetables for individual families that were affected by the May 2020 floods in Sanford.

 

LatinX Technology & Community Center, Flint

April 24

LatinX Flint aims to teach youth the importance of becoming environmental stewards through hands-on projects including planting, recycling, painting and cleaning around the LatinX Center.

Vanessa Alvarez, info@latinxflint.org

810-715-5050 https://www.geneseeserves.org/need/detail/?need_id=579137

Reid Elementary, Goodrich

April 16

Students will complete service projects for various community organizations: decorating pillowcases; making placemats; painting and planting flowerpots; making small lap blankets; writing/drawing kind messages on coffee sleeves.

 

United Way of Bay County, Bay City

April 23

Youth volunteers will distribute garden kits to low-income families to encourage increased access to healthy foods and self-sustainability.

 

USA FFA, Sebewaing

April 28

Youth volunteers will implement a bee and butterfly garden at the Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School's common grounds to educate students on the conservation of bees and on the growth and care of such a habitat.

Jasmine McClatchie, mcclatcj@think-usa.org

989-325-1537

Battle Creek Public Schools, Battle Creek

April 22-26

Students are starting a community garden project, and the harvest will be distributed to the tables of those in the Battle Creek community.

Meridith Shabani, mshabani@battle-creek.k12.mi.us

 269-317-7950

Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, Benton Harbor

April 23

Youth volunteers will assemble COVID-19 care packages, then distribute the care packages and water.

Rev. Edward Pinkney, banco9342@sbcglobal.net

269-369-8257

Bloomingdale Public Schools, Bloomingdale

April 16-30

Students and teachers to will label 100 items in both English and Spanish, to help young language learners read bilingually.

Kathleen Kroll, kkroll@vbisd.org

269-697-1649

Gull Lake Gateway Academy, Richland

April 28

Students will assemble baskets with handmade gifts and treats, floral arrangements, cards, small gift items and packaged snacks to be delivered by a vaccinated staff member to veterans at The Laurels in Bedford.

 

Heart of West Michigan United Way, Grand Rapids

April 16-30

Students will have supplies provided for making seed balls - mixtures of dirt, clay, seeds and water - to create a hard shell around seeds and protect them while they grow.

 

Kent Transition Center (Kent ISD), Grand Rapids

April 23

Students will make banners, posters, care packages, and cards for residents at the local Veteran's Home.

 

Volunteer Resource Center of Newaygo County, Fremont

April 17

Youth volunteers will plant trees at partner sites around Newaygo County, including Newaygo County parks.

Caitlin Voyt, cvoyt@campnewaygo.org

Networks Northwest, Cadillac Junior High School Jobs for Michigan's Graduates (JMG) Program, Traverse City

April 19-23

JMG specialists provide counseling, skill development, advocacy, career association, and experiential learning opportunities in the classroom 3 days a week to get youth plugged into the community through community service.

 

YouthWork, a program of Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Traverse City

April 19-22

Activities to be completed include: trail development and rehab, invasive species removal, spring cleanup, COVID-19 cleaning, deferred maintenance including landscaping and gardening, beach cleanup and improvements.

Amanda Scott

ascott@cfs3l.org

231-946-8975 (x1139)

Lake Superior Academy, Sault Ste Marie

April 16-30

Youth volunteers will work with members of the Little Traverse Conservancy to clear paths for hiking, install boardwalks, and clear brush and small trees from areas used for foot traffic.

Jodi Caldwell, jodicaldwell@choiceschools.com

Marquette Alger Technical Middle College (MATMC), Marquette

April 17

Students from MATMC will focus on gardening prep and beautification at the Home for Veterans.

 

Sault Area High School, Sault Ste Marie

April 16

Students will spread awareness about the effects COVID has had on mental health. Presentations will include information on mental illness, the causes of mental illness, including causes related to COVID, and safe ways to cope such as coloring or meditation.

 

Sault Area High School, Sault Ste Marie

April 24

Students will make dog treats, buy food and toys, and other items on the local animal shelter's wish list.

 

Sault Area High School and Career Center, Sault Ste Marie

April 16, 19, 23

Volunteers will read books, physical or online, to kindergarten classes via Zoom or Google Meet.

 

United Way of the Eastern Upper Peninsula, Sault Ste Marie

April 26-30

Craft kits will be provided to schools, after school programs, and other organizations to decorate. The completed crafts will be distributed throughout the community.

Kenzi Nottingham, kenzi@unitedwayeup.org
906-632-6700

UP Michigan Works, Marquette

April 16-30

Local communities in the U.P. will be asked to donate well cared for second-hand professional clothing over a two-week period. Youth volunteers will fold, organize and package donated items.

Thomas Cory, tcory@upmichiganworks.org

906-362-5589

Bridge Builders Counseling & Mentoring, Port Huron

April 18

Student volunteers will be assisting in installing items in cabins and bathrooms and making the camp COVID-friendly for all guests and campers in preparation for the THRIVE program in summer.

https://forms.gle/WKPmAH1pa9ddStU88

Fleece and Thank You, Farmington Hills

April 17, 24

Over 200 youth and their families will participate in a virtual event to make fleece blankets and provide support and comfort to 500 kids battling illness in hospitals across Michigan.

info@fleeceandthankyou.org Fleece and Thank You Registration

Houghton Elementary School, White Lake

April 16-30

The Houghton Elementary Care Club engages fourth and fifth graders in making fleece tie blankets for members of the community when requested by a student or staff member.

 

Madison Elementary School, Madison Heights

April 21

Student council will work to begin a school garden in an enclosed courtyard. Students will work to beautify the area while researching plants, fruits or vegetables that will grow well in the climate.

 

AmeriCorps Urban Safety Program, Detroit

April 24

Youth and their families will be responsible for cleaning up nuisance lots in the Southwest Detroit area, painting planter boxes and planting flowers and shrubbery.

Jonathan Hondorp|
 JHondorp.AMUS@gmail.com
313-687-4392 

Bennie Elementary School, Allen Park

April 19-23

Students K-5 will engage in various acts of service: making cards or artwork for senior citizens, decorating exteriors of local businesses, improving outdoor learning center, and making masks through the Michigan Masks Project.

 

Clark Park Coalition, Detroit

April 24

Youth will help clean up the park and pick up trash.

313-841-8534

Destined for Greatness Mentoring, Detroit

April 15-24

Youth volunteers will adopt their neighborhood block and clean up trash, yards, and other blight. Youth will receive community service hours and public recognition from City of Detroit officials.

Shadora Ford
313-414-3680

Detroit Police Athletic League, Detroit

April 24

Youth volunteers will create no-sew blankets, birthday cards and introduction letters to build a relationship between the youth and senior citizens in the community.

Kira Borum, kborum@detroitpal.org

313-715-1033

Forsythe Middle School Garden Club, Ann Arbor

April 23

Student volunteers will be weeding out the school courtyard/garden, learning about plants, and adding compost to existing beds to prep them for planting an edible garden.

 

Girl Scout Troop 71587, Detroit

April 17

Participating girls will clean the local park by picking up trash, creating a recycling bin for plastic bottles, and creating a container garden.

 

Knabusch Math & Science Center, Monroe

April 24

Youth volunteers will clean-up the grounds along Lake Erie, create food source for the local wildlife, and assemble bird houses and feeders.

Nicole Shaughnessy, shaughnessy@monroe.k12.mi.us, Facebook: @KnabuschCenter

Loyola High School, Detroit

April 29

Youth volunteers will design a community garden, plant seeds, and maintain watering and weeding as needed.

 

Peace Tree Parks, Redford

April 24

Youth volunteers will prepare land for a third community garden by cutting down dead trees, cutting grass, building up to 10 new garden beds, and planting bushes to improve curb appeal.

Eric Andrews, Info@PeaceTreeParks.org,

313-282-0135
www.PeaceTreeParks.org

Robichaud High School Interact Club, Dearborn Heights

April 19-30

Youth volunteers will remove debris and clean outdoor courtyard to create socially distanced outdoor spaces for students and staff to enjoy.

Tanisha Bolden, boldent@wwschools.net

313-565-8851

Volunteers must contact 48 hours prior to event

Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Detroit

April 16-30

Volunteers will create birdhouses at home to provide additional habitats and promote wildlife diversity in Detroit.

Dolores Perales
dolores@sdevweb.org

The Lawn Academy, Detroit

April 24

Youth volunteers will create a commemorative garden to honor the men and women of the Detroit Police Department 10th Precinct.

Mepa Rahman
mepa.rahman@hotmail.com

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, Detroit

April 17-18,
24-25

Youth will participate in a workshop that informs youth and community participants on the importance of healthy soil to create healthy growth within a community garden to provide sustainable, edible food within the community.

Katie Michelon
kmichelon@unidetroit.org,

707-320-8567

Youth Energy Squad (YES)
Chip Bag Project, Detroit

April 19-24

Youth will connect place-based environmental stewardship with the impact of homelessness by collecting used plastic chip bags and upcycling them into comfortable and secure sleeping bags for local Detroiters impacted by homelessness.

Bryan Lewis
bryan@ecoworksdetroit.org

248-722-3633