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While the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) celebrates volunteerism every month, April is Global Volunteer Month and Governor Gretchen Whitmer has officially proclaimed it as Volunteer Month here in Michigan.
The MCSC encourages all Michiganders to find a way to volunteer, help others or recognize someone’s service during Volunteer Month.
There are a variety of ways to give your time, talent or treasures to help Michigan communities.
- Start a giving journey at michiganvolunteers.org to find a Michigan nonprofit organization that matches the cause you are passionate about and discover how you can volunteer or donate to make a difference.
- Visit Volunteer Michigan to find volunteer opportunities across the state and sign up to be part of the Volunteer Michigan Team.
- Search locally for opportunities to give back to your community.
Governor's Service Awards Nomination
Don’t have time to serve right now? Sharing the story of dedicated volunteers can inspire others to serve and make a difference.
We encourage you to recognize a volunteer or organization by nominating them for the Governor’s Service Awards. The Governor's Service Awards have been presented since 1994 to recognize those who go above and beyond.
The first step in the Governor's Service Awards nomination process is to submit a volunteer or philanthropist story through the Michigan Heroes Campaign. This virtual platform celebrates individuals and organizations that have made a difference. All nominators will be sent the Governor’s Service Awards application instructions.
Youth Volunteer movement
Engaging youth in volunteerism can give them a voice to implement change. By learning the power of volunteerism at a young age, these Michiganders are fostering a lifelong passion of making a difference and strengthening communities – making our state more resilient.
The MCSC is supporting volunteer projects across the state for Global Youth Service Day(s) April 28-30. There is a special emphasis on youth involvement in all aspects of planning and executing the projects. The impact youth can make is amazing to see.
The MCSC is also kicking off a youth volunteer movement by hosting a logo contest to help launch the effort. Logos are being sought to inspire youth to volunteer.
Sign up or spread the word about AmeriCorps service
Join AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors to channel your passion into service, kickstart your career, or make an impact in your community.
The MCSC is currently recruiting AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates to serve eight to 10 weeks from May to August. They will receive a living allowance and an education award for their service.
Older adults aged 55 and above are also being recruited to serve as an AmeriCorps member as part of the skills-based volunteer program. It is a wonderful way to help nonprofits and organizations have the capacity to serve more people.
AmeriCorps is an opportunity for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to give their time and talent to strengthen communities. Send an email with your interest to LEO-MiAmericorps@michigan.gov.