Michigan Community Service Commission to support 25 Global Youth Service Day projects 

Global Youth Service Day

The Michigan Community Service Commission will engage thousands of Michigan youth in volunteerism for Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22.

The state’s lead agency on volunteerism will support 25 Global Youth Service Day volunteer projects across the state, addressing education, health, environmental stewardship and other critical community needs, benefitting Michigan residents. The Michigan Community Service Commission will provide training and resources to project organizers, while partners Michigan Nonprofit Association and Youth Service America will provide mini-grants for the projects ranging from $100-$1,000.

The volunteer projects will help engage more than 2,200 youth volunteers in more than 8,000 service hours across the state for the national day of service, now celebrated in over 100 countries.

“It’s amazing to see youth make an impact in communities across the state,” said Ginna Holmes, Michigan Community Service Commission executive director. “It’s wonderful to see the youth not only serving but taking a lead role in the volunteer projects and making a difference.”

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning. Established in 1988 by Youth Service America, Global Youth Service Day is the largest and longest-running service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.

The Michigan Community Service Commission and partners will support the following projects:





Sault Ste. Marie

United Way of the EUP

Intergenerational gardening project with at-risk high school students and seniors living in assisted living facility

April 19th

Sault Ste. Marie

Sault Area Schools – Service Learning Class

Youth Volunteer Fair for students with service project activities

April 16-20th


Boys and Girls Club of Alpena

Build a memorial bench to be placed on grounds where community Relay for Life takes place 

April 16-20th


US Forest Service

Move pollinator garden beds

April 21st

Grand Rapids

Heart of West MI United Way

Community park clean-ups, cards for Meals on Wheels recipients, Kids Food Basket bag decorating

April 20th


Reeths Puffer Central Elementary School

Clean up grounds and improve flower beds

April 20-21st


United Way of Montcalm and Ionia Counties

Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive (schoolwide)



April 20-30th


Allegan County United Way

Roadside Clean-Up with cognitively impaired students matched with potential employers  

April 20th

Big Rapids

Project Starburst

Sorting, cleaning pantry shelves, packaging meals

April 21st

Bay City

Delta College

Youth Camp clean-up

April 14- 15th 


Allen Neighborhood Center

Maintenance and enhancement of Edible Park Garden

April 21st



St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School  


Making complete classroom sets of “rekenreks”, a tool similar to an abacus

 April 20th



Edgewood Village Art of Leadership

Youth-led Volunteer Recognition event for volunteers serving their program

April 20th


South Lansing Community Development Association


Installation of a vegetable garden on REO school property


St. Johns

Clinton/Gratiot Habitat for Humanity

“Rock the Block” clean-up event

April 27-28th


Monroe County Opportunity Program  

Mobile Food Pantry with DTE Energy staff members

April 21st


Northwest Elementary  

Student Council and Learning Impaired students working together to perform services to local animal shelter  


April 19th



The Lawn Academy

Yard-work and landscaping for seniors, disabled and military families

  April 21st



Unity in Our Community Time Bank

Neighborhood beautification and yard-work for seniors

April 14th


Peace Tree Parks


Maintenance and enhancements of community garden beds and grounds

April 21st


Urban Neighborhood Initiatives

Mural enhancement and graffiti removal project  

April 16-20th



Urban Safety Program

Safe Routes to School and Board-Up/Clean-Up activities with  

April 21st



VIP Mentoring

Event to couple law enforcement and mentees/mentors in positive Interaction.  Service is providing comfort kits to law enforcement personnel

April 16th – 21st


Wayne Metro Community Action Agency


Beautify afterschool center grounds – four locations

 April 20th


Detroit Edison Public School Academy  

College visits with service projects incorporated with campus Volunteer Center

April 25th