Oakland Center, Room 49
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4454
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(248) 370-2400
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service events

Contact Us: 

External Service Opportunities Contact:

Hannah Clark
Graduate Assistant of Service Learning and Leadership
(248) 370-4338
hjclark@oakland.edu

Leadership Consultants & Seasons of Service Contact:

Emily Delano

Coordinator of Service Learning and Leadership
(248) 370-4334

delano@oakland.edu

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for volunteer opportunities but don't know where to start? Browse for service opportunity events happening around the community!

Check out the many Community Agencies listed below to find a more long term service project or to find more specific volunteer opportunities. When contacting Community Agencies remember that staff changes can occur frequently in the non-profit sector, so please be patient.
Community
Agencies
Affirmations
Affirmations is a nonprofit organization serving people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Affirmations provides a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, expressions and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, learn, grow, socialize and have fun.
  • Welcome new people to the center
  • Answer calls on the helpline
  • Facilitate support groups

All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers is a non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. All Hands Volunteers aims to demonstrate the power and value of volunteering through tangible work, the hope it brings to suffering communities, and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

Alternatives For Girls
Alternatives For Girls helps homeless, high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation, and helps them to explore and access support resources and opportunities necessary to be safe, grow strong, and to make positive choices.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers a flexible way to give back and get involved. Blood drives are held every day of the week at locations throughout your community.
  • Register Blood Donors
  • Serve Refreshments to Blood Donors

Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation
Auburn Hills Parks and Recreation's mission is to improve the quality of life in Auburn Hills by providing quality parks and recreation opportunities with a variety of year-round programs, special events, and facilities for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Special Events
  • Assist with the Nature Center
  • Program Assistants
  • Biology Stewardship

Auburn Hills Police Department
The  Auburn Hills Police Department is actively seeking volunteers to work the front desk at the Auburn Hills Police Department. Volunteers are stationed at the front desk Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Volunteers are also utilized for special projects including:
  • Fingerprinting for Children
  • Bike rodeos
  • National Night Out
  • City sponsored events

Auburn Hills Senior Services
The Auburn Hills Senior Services has numerous volunteer opportunities perfect for those interested in volunteering for day events or even a whole semester. 
  • Meals on Wheels: Help home bound seniors in the community by either packing or delivering meals. Students can volunteer to drop off meals any day of the week or help pack meals throughout the week.
  • Special Events: Looking to learn more about hosting community events or gain experience event planning? Volunteers can help with the Arts and Craft Fair, Bingo Night and Holiday Parties. 
  • Service Projects: We have many large scale volunteer events that are the perfect fit for any student organization or group of friends looking to get involved. Students are given the opportunity to participate in Rake and Run, Spring Clean Up and so much more. 

Autism Society Oakland County
Autism Society Oakland County works to improve lives of all affected by autism. ASOC relies on its volunteers to help with a variety of tasks such as:
  • Special events
  • Project coordination
  • Mass mailings

The Baldwin Center
The Baldwin Center works to feed, clothe, educate and empower men, women and children of Pontiac, Michigan.
  • Helping to organize clothing
  • Preparing meals
  • Office volunteers
  • Working with youth program (requires background check)

Beaumont Hospital
Beaumont Hospital (Troy) volunteers are exceptional, compassionate individuals who want to give back to their community. They assist in hospitals, ambulatory sites, nursing homes and the community. Volunteers enhance the capacity of services allowing the professional staff to provide the best medical and support help to patients. 
  • Four hour weekly shift
  • Volunteer in emergency center, information desk, hospice, pharmacy, etc. 
  • Complete online application
  • Requires two letters of reference
  • Assist in patient contact and work in a hospital setting

Beyond Basics
Beyond Basics is a non-profit organization that is devoted to guiding and supporting at-risk children to develop fundamental educational skills. Beyond Basics moves these children beyond the basics and prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.
  • Assemble and edit student generated books
  • Be a reading buddy
  • Sort and label donated books

Boys and Girls Club of Troy
The Boys and Girls Club of Troy has provided a safe and positive place for young people in the greater metropolitan Detroit area and southeast Michigan for nearly four decades. The Club strives to give local youth a platform that allows volunteers to develop into self-reliant, responsible and contributing members of the community.

The program runs daily after-school programming for its members from September through June, as well as a 10-week summer program from mid-June to late August.

CARE House of Oakland County
CARE House aims to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research and treatment in collaboration with the community. Volunteer opportunities at CARE House include:
  • Child Assistant
  • Family Support Group
  • Family Support Chefs
  • Front Desk Greeter
  • Medical Assistant
  • Stewards of Children
  • Development and Special Events

Common Ground
Common Ground is a 24-hour resource and crisis helpline that helps people move from crisis to hope by providing access to confidential crisis intervention, emotional support, debriefing, information and referrals by phone, text, and web chat. Volunteers receive extensive training. 
  • Around 70 Hours of training
  • Resource and crisis helpline chat and text
  • Victim assistance program
  • Legal clinic services
  • Runaway and homeless youth services
  • Crisis residential services
  • Oakland assessment crisis intervention service

Connect to Protect Detroit
Connect to Protect Detroit is a coalition of 20 representatives from a variety of HIV prevention, LGBTQ, youth-serving, and community based organizations. Their goal is to reduce HIV infection in Detroit youth through structural change (policy, practices, or built environment). The coalition also provides a discussion forum for sharing information about Detroit HIV-related issues on a regular basis.
  • Take minutes for bi-monthly meetings
  • Pick-up, unwrap, sort, and organize clothing donations for Clothes Closet
  • Work on a subcommittee to improve LGBTQ resources in a variety of Detroit projects

Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers of Michigan is part of the largest, volunteer-driven crime fighting institution in the world with organizations across the United States and in 22 countries spanning the globe. To continue their mission, Crime Stoppers needs volunteers to assist with a wide range of responsibilities.

Crossroads Pregnancy Center
Crossroads Pregnancy Center is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to assisting abortion-vulnerable women and men involved in a crisis pregnancy, to choose life for their unborn children. Toward that end, we are committed to encouraging godly sexual attitudes and practices in our community.
  • Sorting baby clothing
  • Administrative tasks

The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries
The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries is committed to the success, livelihood and sustainability of greater Detroit and the community.
  • Serve meals any day of the week at various shelter sites (11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Administrative duties
  • Care for children while parents are at programs

Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve
The Friends of Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve was officially established in 2009, and are a non-profit organization that supports the nature preserve's programs and operations.
  • Special events
  • Newsletter and publicity committee
  • Summer camp counselors
  • General garden and office work

Easter Seals Michigan
Easter Seals Michigan serves and supports people with disabilities and other special needs so that they can successfully live, learn, work and play in their communities. Join them and you can make a difference and help people with disabilities achieve their goals.
  • Special events
  • Tutoring
  • Administrative duties
  • Fall clean-ups

FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation
FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation is a nonprofit organization that provides creative arts therapy and recreation services for children and adults with mental, physical and emotional impairments.
  • Special events
  • Administrative projects

Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic provides pharmaceuticals, primary medical, and dental services free of charge to neighbors in need. The clinic currently cares for over 1,000 neighbors providing a million dollars worth of medication. 
  • 4 hour shift
  • Convient online application
  • Requires recommendation letter after six months of work

Gleaners Community Food Bank
Gleaners Community Food Bank fights hunger in southeastern Michigan by providing millions of pounds of donated and purchased food to people in need. Gleaners is committed to distributing high quality food and reducing reliance on the emergency good system through education and advocacy.

Grace Centers of Hope Pontiac
Grace Centers of Hope is a non-profit Christian organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education and work-related programs.
  • Soup kitchen opportunities
  • Sort, hang, and organize in one of four thrift stores
  • Handy work and landscape transitional house

Great Lakes Caring Hospice
Great Lakes Caring volunteers give the time necessary to make a difference in a patient's life and help them live life to the fullest while remaining in their place of residence. Volunteers also support the families of these patients' who are undergoing a tough time in their life as well. No matter how you choose to volunteer at Great Lakes Caring Hospice, the joy that comes from giving to others is a joy unlike any other.

The Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit’s mission to guide and inspire others to create a ‘greener’ Detroit through planting, educational programs, environmental leadership, advocacy and building community capacity.
  • Tree plantings
  • Cultivating gardens
  • Working in green houses

Habitat for Humanity - Oakland County
Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit Christian-based organization whose mission is to provide low-income families with decent, affordable housing to raise families.
  • Office work
  • Help in the restore
  • Assist with construction

Haven
Haven is a non-profit dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities through treatment and prevention services.
  • Male mentors
  • Child watch volunteers
  • Garden project volunteer
  • Intern program

Hawk Woods Nature Center
Hawk Woods offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation activities. The facility offers groomed nature trails, a marsh boardwalk, a heated restroom and shower facility open year-round, a covered picnic shelter, and a two-story log cabin lodge with six overnight camping cabins, surround by 80 acres of beautiful woods, meadows and marsh.
  • Animal care
  • School and classroom visits
  • Trail inspections
  • Visitor greeter

Heart-to-Heart Hospice
Heart-to-Heart Hospice is a team of local healthcare professionals that provide at-home service catered to the whole persons body, mind, and spirit. Volunteer opportunities include: 
  • Office assistance
  • Companionship for clients
  • No medical skills required (training provided)
  • Flexible hours and locations assigned based on you location and schedule

Henry Ford Health System
At the  Henry Ford Health System volunteers are valuable members of the team. As a member of the volunteer team you will have an opportunity to use your talents and donate your time to help care for patients and visitors.
  • Comfort care volunteer
  • Emergency room volunteer
  • Hospital greeter and information desk
  • Patient transporter
  • Surgical services volunteer
  • Pre-Med experience (6 month/100 hour commitment)

Hospice of Michigan
As the largest  hospice in Michigan, they offer comfort and peace for patients and their loved ones. Hospice of Michigan volunteers give their time to provide quality of life support for patients, caregivers and staff. Frequency and duration of assignments is based on volunteer availability includes:
  • Offering companionship
  • Assistance with recording life events
  • Photography
  • Pet visits
  • Assistance with special events and community outreach
  • Card making and baking

Hope Center in Macomb
Hope Center in Macomb is a "one-stop-shop," also referred to as a "human services mall," that provides access to services for individuals and families in need. The focal point of the "one-stop-shop" is the client-choice food pantry, the only client-choice food pantry in Macomb County, which stands as the cornerstone and main focus of Hope Center in Macomb. All other services will be provided by on-site or by referral to the appropriate county or community agencies.
  • Stocking and organizing food pantry
  • Administrative duties
  • Organizing food pantry
  • Helping clients take items to their cars

Hispanic Outreach
Hispanic Outreach- La Casa Amiga is a tutoring program that tutors elementary school children from Pontiac schools. Hispanic Outreach is seeking volunteers to assist in their tutoring program. 
  • Twice per week, 1.5 hours each
  • Child care
  • Life coach

Hospice Compassus
The Colleagues of Hospice Compassus are committed to keeping the hospice promise by delivering the highest quality of care, serving the needs of patients and families and spreading the stories of hospice to those with whom they come into contact.
  • Administrative duties
  • Bereavement group support - help with group session and data entry
  • Direct patient visitors - make friendly visits to patients
  • Internships available

HUDA Clinic
HUDA Clinic first opened its doors in May 2004 to serve the uninsured population of the Detroit area. While HUDA clinic originally provided solely free medical services, they now have expanded to include a full range of dental services. Currently, HUDA Clinic offers services in Internal Medicine, Ophthalmology, dentistry and mental health. 
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Have a valid TB shot and proof of test
  • Attend an orientation
  • Fill out online application

Huron Valley Council for the Arts
Huron Valley Council for the Arts is looking for talented volunteers to assist in the following areas.
  • Computer and office guru to serve as an intern and assistant to our Executive Director. Must be capable of taking direction, as well as working independently to aid in social media, marketing, development and operations initiatives and perform various office tasks as needed.
  • An enthusiastic, well-organized educational committee chairperson to take on the challenge of retooling their educational programs with a fresh, new and exciting approach. 
  • KIDS Club coordinator; the successful candidate will be creative and artistic, have experience working with children on art projects and be a capable leader willing to take on this new role. 
  • A co-chairperson for the marketing committee; should be marketing and PR experience, good with computers and ready to engage in PR proofing and distribution to various media markets. 
  • Additional members to serve in a major leadership role, taking part as a member of HVCA's Board of Directors. 
  • Enthusiastic new committee members to bring fresh ideas and leadership to the education, development, marketing, program education, KIDS Club and exhibition (gallery) committees. 
  • High school or college student volunteers to aid executive assistant, executive director and office manager in various tasks.
  • Various arts-related events, including gallery openings, concerts and special one- or two-day events, such as Huron Valley Arts Festival, the author's luncheon and Arts and Greens.

iMatter for Kids
iMatter for Kids vision is to become a recognized global brand, organization, and community that promotes simple tools and practices that extend to young kids, teenagers, and young adults emphasizing responsibility, creativity, and accountability.

It is their goal to have a positive effect on school cultures by promoting core ethical values as the basis of good character; involving parents and other community members in our character education initiative; infuse character education in all aspects of school life; train the school staff and involve them so they can be models of good character; foster a sense of caring; and, provide opportunities for students to practice moral action.

Kadima
Kadima young adult services meet the needs of young adults ages 18-35 in need of mental health support.
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Peaceful mind group
  • Substance abuse support group
  • Art group
  • Social and game night
  • Yoga
  • Healthy living series

Lighthouse of Oakland County
Lighthouse of Oakland County exists to provide the support and resources that empower individuals and families to move from crisis to self-sufficiency. There are three program subsidiaries: Lighthouse Emergency Services, Lighthouse PATH and Lighthouse Community Development.
  • Special events
  • Food pantry
  • Neighborhood clean-up

Lutheran Social Services
Lutheran Social Services's volunteers provide invaluable help to the staff and consumers: everything from running the ACTION Thrift Store in Saginaw to playing Bingo with seniors and mentoring teens in foster care. Some volunteer work on a regular schedule, others on a one-time basis. Every year, volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time.
  • Your youth group, church, family or group of friends can organize a service project. Hold a bake sale and donate the proceeds to senior adults. Organize a toiletry drive or clothing drive to help incoming refugees.
  • Write to public officials to advocate for issues you believe in.
  • Donate clothing, toiletries, furniture, time or money to help the people we serve. Check their database of volunteer projects or contact the center nearest you to find out their current needs.

March of Dimes
March of Dimes helps mother's have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
  • Office help
  • Volunteer coordination and recruitment
  • Marketing and communications
  • Social media
  • Fundraising
  • Event support

Mathis Community Center
The Mathis Community Center provides IT majors the opportunity to help educate members of the community and become computer literate. Help teach one of the basic computer skills classes. 
  • Teach basic computer classes

McLaren Hospice
McLaren Hospice specializes in the care and knowledge for those nearing the end of their health care journey, focusing on the individual patient while supporting caregivers, family and friends. Volunteers help families by performing important tasks and services. 
  • Reading or writing letters
  • Light meal preparation
  • Office and clerical assistance
  • Music appreciation
  • Pet therapy

Mentors Plus
Mentors Plus matches caring adults with young people who need a positive adult figure in their lives. Volunteers can choose to work with an at-risk youngster, or they may want to become involved in delinquency prevention or intervention.

The Mission: Prevention Education
Volunteers wanted by  The Mission: Prevention Education to maintain their website updated as needed.
  • Keep current events and services updated
  • Be able to use search engines effectively
  • Graphic design skills preferred

MSU Extension 4-H Youth Mentor Program (Macomb County)
The MSUE 4-H Youth Mentor Program has provided mentor services to Macomb County youth since 1991. They match qualified adult volunteers with Macomb County youth in need of guidance, encouragement and direction. The goal is to prevent youth from becoming more deeply involved with the court system.

North Oakland YMCA
The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit is a non-profit, values-based human development organization serving southeastern Michigan. A part of the worldwide YMCA movement, the YMCA of Metro Detroit is committed to strengthening and enriching the development of kids, families and the community.
  • Child care and child watch
  • Girls on the run coach
  • Youth sports coach
  • STRIDE coach
  • GOTR and STRIDE 5K event

Oakland County
Oakland County's many successful recreation and environmental programs depends on the volunteer efforts of the members of our community. If you are looking for a way to make a difference, meet new people or expand a hobby, there are many different ways you can participate to match your skills or areas of interest. 
  • Special events
  • Annual clean up days
  • Assist with camp ground recreation

Oakland County Pet Adoption Center
The Oakland County Pet Adoption Center has been aiding animals by providing shelter and care while trying to find the new, loving homes since 1980. The Oakland Pet Adoption Center is striving everyday to achieve a "no-kill" status for the shelter.
  • Dog walkers
  • Caring for cats
  • Visitor greeter
  • Foster carel

Oakland University Center for Autism (OUCARES)
OUCARES integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Through these academic and service programs, Oakland University also provides supportive individual and family programs. 

OUCARES, housed in the School of Education and Human Services, encourages the exchange of ideas relating to the education and support of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as provides services and support needed to improve daily living. The goal of OUCARES is to promote understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through education, research and support and to improve quality of life for people impacted by ASD.
  • Special events
  • Volunteer for weekly programs
  • Recreational and sports programs: basketball, bowling, soccer, volleyball, social skills, comic book club, intro to judo, SNAG Golf, etc.
  • Community events: Joey Travolta Film Camp and Red Carpet Film Premier, holiday party, Family Fun Day

Oakland University in Macomb County
Oakland University's locations in Macomb County are engaged with the community through a variety of sponsorship opportunities and events. Volunteers are consistently needed for events taking place in Macomb County throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, click here.

Old Persons' Commission
OPC provides high quality programs and services that stimulate and advance active and healthy living for all ages of older persons.
  • Meals on wheels
  • Special events
  • Sports and pool reception desk
  • Meal packaging

Open Hands Food Pantry
Open Hands Food Pantry provides emergency food and toiletries to residents of Oakland County. Completely staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, the pantry is open on Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Volunteer roles include:
  • Filing
  • Sorting donations
  • Stocking the grocery room
  • Checking in clients
  • Interviewing clients
  • Helping clients choose groceries
  • Helping clients carry groceries

Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Since 1982, Paint Creek Center for the Arts has been dedicated to promoting the arts and artistic excellence through a full range of cultural programs including exhibitions, studio art classes, outreach programs, community involvement projects, and the Art and Apples Festival.
  • Administrative volunteers manage day-to-day operations of the organization 
  • Events and marketing interns 
  • Weekend kids activities 
  • Event committee members 
  • The Rochester Art and Apples Festival

Paint a Miracle
The mission of  Paint a Miracle is to create places, programs and possibilities for those of us with disabilities and other challenges to explore the arts in an atmosphere of hope, growth and encouragement. Paint a Miracle is an art studio for people with disabilities or other serious life challenges. The studio instructors and volunteers enable the student artists to overcome physical and mental challenges to create.
  • Studio assistant
  • Special events
  • Administrative assistance
  • Marketing
  • Curatorial

Play-Place for Autistic Children
The goal of Play-Place for Autistic Children is to provide comprehensive services, educational opportunities, numerous therapies, coaching and feedback, life and work experiences that work with individual strengths to maximize their potential for growth, development, independence, self-esteem and improve their quality of life. Some volunteer duties would include:
  • Painting
  • Organizing art supplies
  • Making phone calls
  • Working open houses

Racquet Up Detroit
Join the Racquet Up youth development program as an Academic Tutor. Help students in grades 5 through 10 complete homework successfully while modeling good study habits. They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who are able to tutor at least once a week for 2 1/2 hours, and willing to build positive relationships with Detroit youth. Ideally, volunteers will have availability from September to June.

Robot Garage
The Robot Garage works closely with leaders from the robotics and education community and aims to provide hands-on experiences that are educational and entertaining.The Robot Garage is a year-round place for LEGO® and robotic enthusiasts of all ages. 
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Design
  • Build

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
At  St. Joseph Mercy Oakland volunteers will get to explore health care careers while assisting in a variety of areas such as the emergency room, urgent care, nurses stations, therapy department, radiology, pediatrics, and children's learning center.
  • Interview with the volunteer manager
  • Fill-out online application
  • Volunteer 2-4 hours a week, for a minimum of 40 Hours

The Arc
The Arc of Oakland County advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and other related developmental disabilities. They work directly with this population and their families. They have an array of volunteer opportunities.

The Children's Hospital of Michigan
The Children's Hospital of Michigan is a proud member of the Detroit Medical Center that provides the highest quality of care to children and adolescents, and engages in groundbreaking research. Volunteers can make profound influences on children’s lives and are highly valued. Volunteer work includes:
  • Rocking or feeding a baby
  • Reading to children in the various clinics and units in the hospital
  • Visiting children with your certified pet therapy dog
  • Acting as a tour guide
  • Art cart activities

The Rainbow Connection
The Rainbow Connection's goal is to raise money for kids wishes and support their families. Volunteers lend their expertise and feel the magic of making dreams come true for Michigan children diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.
  • Complete online application
  • Gardening
  • Maintenance and repairs in office
  • Mailings and office work
  • Special events

The Rochester Area Jaycees
The Rochester Area Jaycees (Rochester Area Junior Chamber) is a group of young people aged 21-40 who are committed to community-serivce initiatives and leadership-training opportunities. Some of our most recognizable projects are the Tunnel of Terror, a haunted house that raises money for local charities; a holiday shopping tour, an opportunity for underprivileged kids to shop for family members; and their senior Easter basket delivery, a way of distributing various treats to elderly individuals in the community. If you are 21 or over, you may join this wonderful organization and further develop leadership, social, and professional skills through the various training opportunities that the Jaycees affords its members.

VIP Mentoring
VIP Mentoring is a non-profit organization that has been serving the Metro Detroit Community since 1980. Their mission is to create sustainable, meaningful mentoring relationships for children in the tri-county area whose difficult circumstances may seriously compromise their opportunity to succeed. Each mentor volunteers to pick up a child (mentee) at home as scheduled by mentor, mentee and caregiver. You meet with your mentee two hours a week for a one year commitment.
VIP
Program
If you enjoy volunteering, register for the Volunteer, Involvement, and Partnership (VIP) Program.
The VIP Program recognizes and rewards OU students for their volunteer efforts. Membership is on an individual basis, but student organizations are encouraged to register their members. 

VIP Recognition Level
  • Bronze: 15-50 hours
  • Silver: 51-75 hours
  • Gold: 76-100 hours
  • Platinum: 101+ hours

VIP Drawing

Thank you to everyone who participated in the VIP Program 2012-2013!

Congratulations to Brian Williams for winning the grand prize!

Rakeem Watkins-Barnett, second place winner 

Brandy VanLoo, third place winner

Seasons
of Service
Want to get involved in service every month? Come to Seasons of Service events! Sign up on GrizzOrgs under the Leadership and Volunteer Portal.

September - Volunteer Fair and GrizzFest
September 6, 2016
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Outside of the Oakland Center

Stop by and meet over 15 local nonprofits. Find a nonprofit you are passionate about volunteering with.

October - Make a Difference Day
October 22, 2016
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Join the largest national day of service and serve a nonprofit in your community. Lunch is provided.

Would your student organization like to participate in this event? Contact Hannah Clark at  hjclark@oakland.edu, or register on GrizzOrgs!

November - OU Day of Service
November 16, 2016
9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Oakland CenterGold Rooms

Stop by for as long as you have to volunteer for over 15 service projects. We will be making holiday food baskets, rain-proof blankets for the homeless, fruit loop necklaces and other items.  Register now on GrizzOrgsWould your student organization like to sponsor this event?  Contact Hannah Clark at hjclark@oakland.edu We are also looking for donations: gently used blue jeans, 3 subject notebooks, bread, peanut butter, jelly, personal hygiene products, and gently used t-shirts. 

November - 2016 Santa Parade (Macomb)
TBD
Downtown Mt. Clemens

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to show their Grizzly pride by walking and handing out candy in the 40th Annual Macomb County Santa Parade. All Participants will receive a free hoodie to wear in the parade and to keep. Participants will also receive a certificate of participation documenting community service hours. For more information contact Emily Delano at delano@oaklane.edu.

December - Mitten Tree
December 1 - 16, 2016
8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Center for Student Activities

Come donate outdoor clothing for kids in need in Pontiac. Decorate the mitten tree in the Center for Student Activities.

Register on GrizzOrgs!

January - MLK Day of Service
January 28, 2017
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fireside Lounge

Register on GrizzOrgs!

"Greatness is determined by service," exclaimed MLK Jr. Come serve the community on behalf of MLK. Free lunch and T-shirt for all volunteers. Sign up on GrizzOrgs. You can volunteer together or as a class or student organization.

February - PB&J Day and Alternative Spring Break
TBD, Gold Rooms

Come make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches which will be donated to the Salvation Army for individuals in need. Golden Key Honor Society is sponsoring the 2016 PB&J Day.

February 18-26, 2017
Trips all over the USA.
 
Travel across the nation to volunteer at a nonprofit. Contact Vinnie for more information, vpjulian@oakland.edu.

March - OUCARES Family Fun Day
March 19th, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Campus Recreation

Come support individuals with autism by helping coordinate this event, if interested please email OUCARES@oakland.edu.

April - OU Day of Service
TBD

Come package 1,000 meals for families in need for Grace Centers of Hope. Register on GrizzOrgs. Would your student organization like to sponsor this event? Contact Emily at delano@oakland.edu.

April - Let's Move Festival of Races (Macomb)
TBD
Downtown Mt. Clemens

Join the Grizz and other OU students to cheer on runner and distribute water during the 5k race of the Let's Move Festival of Races from 9 - 11 a.m. All volunteers will receive a free long-sleeve Grizz shirt and a certificate of participation documenting their community service hours! Email bartz@oakland.edu with any questions.
The Let's Move Festival of Races is a series of races that brings runners from all over the downtown Mt. Clemens! This year's races include a 1-Mile Kids Run, 1-Mile River Walk, 5k Run, Half Marathon Run/Walk, a Half Marathon Relay, and, for the first time, a Full Marathon. There is also a 3-day Health and Fitness Expo that will be fun for the whole family. OU students, staff, and faculty can receive $5 off registration by entering the promo code "OU2015" during registration. Click here for race info and to register!

May - Clinton River Watershed
TBD

The Clinton River Water Festival is looking for volunteers. Contact Jean Ann if interested at jam@oakland.edu. If you volunteer you receive a free Water Festival T-shirt, breakfast and lunch. Your responsibility is to serve as a campus guide to one class of elementary school children from all over Oakland County. Approximately 1,500 students and their teachers attend. 

They are participating in a full-day educational experience to learn about the central role water and the Clinton River plays within their region. The children are a lot of fun and very inquisitive. It's even educational for you!
Alternative
Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break is a non-profit, student initiative-led organization that works on various community service projects around the country. In February 2014 during Spring Break, over 100 students traveled to service various communities across the United States. 


 
  
 
Blood
Drive
Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, so please, donate today to help with the critical shortage in our area. For donating anywhere please go to the  American Red Cross Blood Donation

To make an appointment at Oakland University, go to  OU Blood Drive. The Sponsor Code for Oakland University is  oublood.

Check out this video by OUTV: Campus Corner.

Upcoming OU Blood Drives:
  • November 14th, 2016 (OC Rooms: 128-130)
  • January 11th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • January 12th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • January 13th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • February 20th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)  
  • February 21st, 017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • March 22nd, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • March 23rd, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • March 24th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • April 18th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • April 19th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)
  • April 20th, 2017 (OC Rooms 128-130)