Spartans Serve on MSU Day of Global Service

April 11, 2016

Michigan State Spartans are scattered all over the world, but there is at least one thing that brings us all together: A call to serve our communities. This year, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, both students and alumni will be volunteering on the MSU Global Day of Service in communities as close as Lansing and Flint and as far away as Africa.

 K.C. Keyton, a program advisor in the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, says that the day of service is an excellent opportunity for MSU students to network with Spartan alumni and contribute to their communities in a meaningful way.

 “This is a great gateway to service. It’s a very structured, one-day event where you can see if this is something you want to continue to do.” Keyton said. “It is a great way to start making connections in the community and meet new Spartans who are interested in serving as well.”

Students who are interested in volunteering can sign-up for volunteer sites by clicking here. This year’s day of service includes 29 projects leaving from MSU’s campus, with two of those projects aimed to combat the Flint Water Crisis. 

Those who assist in the Flint water efforts have a special opportunity to attend an informational meeting on April 15, 2016, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Jackson Zone off of Grand River. Here, they will receive critical information about what’s happening in Flint and will meet their groups prior to departing to their volunteer site.

Student volunteers pause for a photo during the 2015 MSU Global Day of Service.

Student volunteers pause for a photo during the 2015 MSU Global Day of Service.

Keyton has been working on the MSU Global Day of Service for two years. He said his favorite thing about this event is “seeing students realize they are making a difference in a community, however big or small.”

“Seeing look on their face, getting the emails, and talking with them at the sites is pretty awesome,” he said.

Students on campus who sign-up to participate in the Day of Global Service will arrive at B115 Wells Hall at 8 a.m. for distribution of t-shirts and a kick-off ceremony that will include guest speakers, a D.J., and breakfast­ – all for free. From here, groups will be transported to their location, where they will be provided with a full day of volunteer activities and a complimentary lunch.

For students interested in becoming involved in a volunteer program during the MSU Global Day of Service, it’s not too late! Students can sign-up to volunteer as late as the morning of the event in B115 Wells Hall.

For more information about the MSU Global Day of Service, please visit https://serviceday.msu.edu/ or contact K.C. Keyton at keytonkr@vps.msu.edu. 

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