pecial Events

In addition to the hundreds of volunteer opportunities available through our community partners and other programs run through the Volunteer Center, the Volunteer Center holds special events to help build awareness and connect students to different issues facing society. These events include:

Special Events Committee 

Each year there is a cohort of dedicated volunteers that form the Special Events Committee. These individuals spend the year helping to plan all of the Special Events put on through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center. If you are interested in being a part of this group, applications will be open in the Spring 2015.

9/11 Ribbons for Remembrance

Every year for 9/11 a Ribbons for Remembrance Campaign is put on to honor and remember the events of September 11th. 

In 2011, there was a 10 year anniversary event with volunteer opportunities and ways to remember all week long, ending in a Candle Light Vigil to remember those lost. 



Teaming up with the United Way, the Volunteer Center serves as a sign up location for the Central Michigan campus and local community. RSOs, Residence Halls or other groups can adopt families of various sizes, with varying wish lists to make the winter season brighter. For this past holiday season, 36 families were adopted through the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center! 

Issue Day

Issue Day is a one-day advocacy conference that’s designed to educate and empower students to take action on a variety of social justice issues. Throughout the day, participants will attend three breakout presentations of their choosing. There is a wide range of topics to choose from, ranging from Tom’s Shoes to Habitat for Humanity. This is the only conference of it's kind in the state of Michigan. Registration is free for all CMU students, faculty and staff and is a great professional development opportunity and resume builder.

The next Issue Day is tentatively planned for November 8, 2014. Registration will be available on OrgSync closer to the event. This day long awareness conference is free to all CMU students and faculty. Others are welcome to attend as well for a small fee.

Cardboard City- Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 

Every November the Volunteer Center hosts Cardboard City for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Students sleep outside to advocate and raise awareness of homelessness. The following day the cardboard remains to increase awareness to the CMU population as volunteers provide information to those passing by.

To view the events during November 17-21 2014 click here 

  MLK Day of Service

   The Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center helps to make Martin
   Luther King Jr. Day of Service a day on rather than a day off! As
   part of the events of the day there are service projects offered
   throughout the UC along with the Peace Brunch and the Unity

  Valentines for Veterans

   Every January and February individuals and groups are asked to
   make Valentines for Veterans. Hundreds of Valentine cards are then 
   sent and hand delivered to several Veteran Hospitals around Michigan for those who served our country. 

In 2009 the Central Michigan University Volunteer Center was honored by the Department of Veteran Affairs for the efforts. 

Be My Neighbor Day

CMU students and alumni take a day to give back to the community they live in during Be My Neighbor Day in April, traditionally at the end of National Volunteer Week. Individuals and groups on campus have been coming together to give back since the formation of the Volunteer Center in 1992.

Students have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Restore, Laurels Assisted Living Community, the Isabella County Parks and Rec, Hope Well Ranch, Goodwill and many other community organizations. 

Be My Neighbor Day is tentatively scheduled for April 11th, 2015.


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